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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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FSC 280 - Fire Chief Preparation

4 Credits, 4 Contact Hours
4 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Preparation for professional fire personnel to become chief officers. Includes incident command, communication, and disaster management.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Compare business decision-making with fire service administrative decision making.
  2. Demonstrate how quality circles can be installed in the fire service.
  3. Identify the concept of human resource management.
  4. Note characteristics of fire department budgeting.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Describe the contingency or situational approach to management.
  2. Contrast traditional, human relations, and human resources approaches to management.
  3. Explain the general theory of budgeting.
  4. Expand on the management of material resources.
  5. Define “fire loss management.”
  6. Indicate how the management of the fire department is increasing in legal complexity.
  7. Report how the law affects personnel management.
  8. State the functions of the Fire Department as programs.
  9. Synthesize and apply results oriented management.
  10. List key components of Management by Objectives (MBO).
  11. Use the characteristics of effective performance appraisal.
  12. Describe the implications of changing labor relations for fire service management.
  13. List the steps involved in labor negotiations within a unionized Fire Department.
  14. Differentiate disasters from smaller emergencies.
  15. Analyze comprehensive emergency management.
  16. Explain the role of incident command system (ICS) in emergency management.
  17. Examine factors leading to fire department involvement in emergency medical service.
  18. Deduce problems related to implementing an emergency medical systems (EMS) program.
  19. Specify methods related to administering an EMS program.
  20. Forecast the outlook for emergency medical services in the future.
  21. List and describe the duties of a fire prevention bureau.
  22. Determine the importance of public education in relation to fire prevention.
  23. Illustrate the political and legal implications and the importance of complete current and accurate records for the fire prevention manager.
  24. Define “comprehensive code administration.”
  25. Show the interrelationship among these four terms: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
  26. Diagram the steps in developing an emergency management plan.

  1. Management and Organizational Behavior
    1. Organization and management
      1. Formal theories of public organization
      2. Approaches to management
      3. Organizational principles
      4. Organizational change
    2. Resource management
      1. Managing human resources
      2. Managing material resources
      3. Productivity improvement
    3. Program management
      1. Environment of program management
      2. Management basics
      3. Setting program objectives
      4. Implementation
      5. Evaluation
  2. Strategic Analysis of Fire Department Operations
    1. Emergency management
      1. Fire service role
      2. Evolution of Federal Emergency Management policy
      3. Mitigation options
      4. Preparedness
      5. Response
      6. Recovery
    2. Emergency Medical System  (EMS)
      1. Planning for EMS
      2. Alternative operational plans
      3. Management issues
    3. Fire prevention/code enforcement
      1. Prevention
      2. Comprehensive code administration
  3. Public Finance
    1. Budget, finance and cost containment
    2. Budgetary setting
    3. Theory of budgeting
    4. Types of budgets
    5. Budget controls
    6. Cost pressures and cost containment
    7. Budget preparation
    8. Budget presentation
  4. Legal Aspects of the Fire Department
    1. Civil rights obligations
    2. Tort liability
    3. Conflict of interest
  5. Personnel Issues
    1. Personnel management
      1. Human resource planning
      2. Position classification
      3. Job analysis
      4. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws and affirmative action
      5. Recruitment
      6. Performance appraisal
    2. Labor management relations
      1. Organizing efforts and procedures
      2. Bargaining
      3. Impasse resolution
      4. Grievances
      5. Discipline
  6. Disaster Management
    1. Control of fire department operations at catastrophic disasters
      1. Incident command
      2. Impact of natural disasters
        1. Earthquakes
        2. Hurricanes
        3. Floods
        4. Tornadoes
    2. Integrated emergency management system

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2017/18

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