Public Safety Training & Development, LLC

ATPC3780 – Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection

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Course Description:

This course is a combination of classroom and practical applications. The course will meet the JPR’s of NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (2014) and NFPA 1037 Professional Qualifications for Fire Marshal (2012). This course examines the tools and techniques of rational decision making in fire and emergency services agencies, including data collection, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, and cost-benefit analysis.

Expanded Course Description:

The course is intended for Chief Officers and Fire Marshals fulfilling the roles and responsibilities within the perimeters of their respective AHJ, to align with the JPRs in NFPA. The coursework provided meets the requirements under NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1037. During this five-course series, students will demonstrate skills necessary to develop successful strategic plans, develop budgets and understand finance, understand and recognize ethical and legal aspects of their authority, and be able to recognize unforeseen challenges that may adversely impact their organization. Additionally, students will manage data information, collect, store and maintain data, interpret data, conduct risk analyses, evaluate risk management solutions, develop solutions and identify and apply ergonomics to the community and organization, integrate risk management solutions in groups, develop organizational plans, develop and promote fire safety awareness campaigns, providing electorate with means for effective decision making

Required Course Material:

  1. Fire Data Analysis Handbook, 2nd ed., (2004) U.S. Fire Administration Free Download:
  2. Fire Protection Handbook, 20th Edition (2008); Volumes I and II, Arthur E. Cote (Editor), National Fire Protection Association
  3. (Microsoft Excel (2010 or newer) 2016/productID.323021400?tduid=(b351fb62ba3952610c1e4737a0ee3852)(256380)(245 9594)(SRi0yYDlqd0-g7DBKHt4fCrr8xi5Lh.XjA)

** Textbook NOT included

Recommended Reading:

Students will be required to read additional reading materials as required for the course.

  1. APA Manual 6th ed. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2006) ISBN: 789-1-4338-0561-5.
  2. National Fire Incident Reporting System Version 5.0 Fire Data Analysis Guidelines and Issues (2011) U.S. Fire Administration Download:
  3. Bock, D.E., Velleman, P., & De Veaux, R.D. (2014). Stats Modeling the world (4th ed.). Pearson College Div.

Resources Included in this Course:

  • Cote, A. E., Hall, J. R., Powell, P. A., Grant, C. C., & Solomon, R. E. (2008). Fire protection handbook (20th ed.). Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association.
  • Cote, A. E. (2004). Fundamentals of fire protection. Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association.
  • Croarkin, C., Tobias, P., & Zey, C. (2001). Engineering Statistics Handbook. Gaithersburg, MD: The Institute.
  • Firefighter fatalities in the United States. (2014). Retrieved March 03, 2015, from
  • Gorbett, G. E., & Pharr, J. L. (2011). Fire dynamics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. Monosky, K. A. (n.d.). Analytical approaches to EMS.
  • Neuman, W. L. (2011). Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches (7th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon
  • Ross, S. M. (2014). A first course in probability (9th ed.). Pearson.
  • Williams, G. (2014). Linear Algebra (8th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

PSTD Philosophy:

The School of Public Safety Training & Development recognizes and supports the Mission of the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System, and the United States Fire Administration. PSTD recognizes the experience of adult learners and values they bring with research tools, experience, and analytical strategies with which connect their background to the classroom by integrating that background into the curriculum. Finally, PSTD embraces adult learning and encourages adult learners to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world solutions in their careers, their lives, and their communities.

Relationship of Course to PSTD Mission:

This course fulfills the Public Safety Training & Development Mission by assisting students to develop, synthesize, and apply learned skills in analytical reasoning and critical and intellectual thinking about the roles and responsibilities of the Fire Officer III and the Fire Code Administrator, which has implications for organizational impact.

Learning Methods:

This course will employ a combination of reading assignments, discussions, table-top exercises, group projects, exercises, and a final presentation.

Student Learning Outcomes Table

Learning Outcome Student Requirement Assignment Weight, Assessment
Upon completion of this course the student will… What students will do…
Demonstrate Engagement Active engagement by way of discussion postings and chat room attendance. Attendance & Class/Online Participation (5 discussions 30 points each) 20%; integrating material from readings & class
Demonstrate knowledge through course assignment completion. Assignments. Students will be required to complete all course assignments Assignments (4 assignments 50 points each) 27%; demonstration of knowledge of Chapters in text readings
Demonstrate competency through multiple choice quiz completion. Quizzes. Students will be required to complete each quiz. Quiz attempts are unlimited. Quizzes (5 quizzes 10 points each) 7%. Demonstration of competency through multiple choice questions.
Critically analyze and apply the JPRs required for NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1037. Applied Research Projects. Students will prepare and present an academic paper that encompasses the JPRs of NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1037. Written Research Project (350 points) 46% of Grade. Demonstrate mastery of learning objectives, generating real world solutions to real world problems.
Must complete all assignments. Minimum Score 70% (525 points) Total maximum score 750 points

Student Learning Outcomes:
1.  Discuss the uses on analytical approaches to rational decision-making.
2.  Differentiate techniques of analysis.
3.  Select appropriate analytic tools to support critical thinking.
4.  Discuss how the use of databases, histograms, inferential statistical and probabilities and GIS are used in fire station location planning.
5.  Apply the 5-step cost-benefit analysis process to justify essential budgetary needs.
6.  Use linear programming to solve fire department equipment, revenue, facility and personnel issues.

Course Reviews

  1. Analytic Approaches
    The class was great. The instructor was easy to get a hold of and quickly responded to texts, emails, phone calls when I had questions about assignments. I look forward to completing another course with Public Safety Training.

  2. Avatar of David Colby David Colby says:

    This was a great class. Not easy, but learned a lot and what I need to further my career. No other companies online classes compare to PSTD. Very professional and always a phone call away to help. Thanks again!

  3. Avatar of RC121 RC121 says:

    great course
    Highly recommend this course and this school to all Fire Officers

  4. Avatar of Ury Pons Ury Pons says:

    Great Course
    Be ready to work and learn a lot. You will gain a great amount of knowledge through this course to help you advance your career. Instructor Trent is a very knowledgable instructor and will help if you have any questions through the process of the course. I am am please to have had an opportunity to take this course.

  5. Avatar of tommyk236 tommyk236 says:

    Tom Klein
    This was a great class for those wishing to further their professional career. The course was well laid out and the objectives were well defined. Mr. Trent is very responsive to your concerns.

  6. Great course
    Easy to follow instructions good material for the topics.

  7. Avatar of Dlarsen954 Dlarsen954 says:

    Course Review
    Great course, I look forward to taking more classes. I was taken by surprise at first that his class would include a 15 page paper but the outline of the topics that needed to be covered allowed for the paper to be written with easy.

  8. Avatar of specialt specialt says:

    I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I really enjoyed this course. The information I gathered was eye-opening. I’m inspired to do some further investigating on my own.

  9. Great Course
    Great course. Lots of work, but the learning experience is one of the best I’ve had. Especially the information on MS excel.

  10. Avatar of Arturo Gomez Arturo Gomez says:

    Course Review
    This course is very well structured. It was not at first what I was expecting. It had great insight about the other side of the fire department. How to do charts and analysis on information that you get from data submitted. Not knowing so much about the statistics portion of this work, this class taught me not only how to use the information but how to analyze it and formulate a conclusion. Great job Matt, would take more class.

  11. Avatar of 1cyegert 1cyegert says:

    Great Course
    If you are used to online programs then this is for you. The module assignments were on par with what a weekly assignment would be for an online graduates program and the final the same so not a huge undertaking. Overall, I would continue taking courses with this institute in the future and will recommend it to those seeking Fire Officer certification. Thanks Matt.

  12. Fabulous Course
    Very informative

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