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About the Fire Service Officer/Manager Certificate

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  22
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The Fire Service Officer/Manager certificate is designed for those interested in fire service leadership/management and in becoming a fire service officer.


Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
FSC210 Adv Fire Behavior & Combustion

FSC 210. Advanced Fire Behavior and Combustion (3). Advanced theories of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. Three lecture.

1. Math and chemistry review
2. Properties of matter and physics
3. Gaseous combustion
4. Ignitable liquids
5. Solid combustion
6. Heat release rate
7. Heat transfer
8. Ignition
9. Enclosure fire dynamics
10. Fire modeling
11. Extinguishment

1. Identify physical properties of the three states of matter. (2, 4-6)
2. Categorize the components of fire. (4-6)
3. Define the physical and chemical properties of fire, the process of burning and dynamics of combustion. (1-3)
4. Describe the process of burning. (7-9)
5. Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire. (1, 2)
6. Describe the dynamics of fire. (7,8,10)
7. Discuss various materials and their relationship to fires as fuel. (9-11)
8. Explain the characteristics of water as a fire suppression agent. (3, 11)
9. Articulate what suppression agents are, their use and strategies. (11)
10. Compare methods and techniques of fire extinguishments. (11)

1. Pre- and Post-test

FSC225 Legal Aspects of Emerg Serv

FSC 225. Legal Aspects of Emergency Services (4). Federal, state, and local laws that regulate, and national standards that influence, emergency services. Includes standard care, tort, liability and consensus standards as they pertain to emergency services. Four lecture.

1. Legal system of the United States: foundations and Constitution
2. Civil vs. criminal - differences, lawsuits, punishments and burden of proof
3. Tort liability
4. Negligence
5. Judicial systems: U.S. Supreme Court, special courts, local courts and their penalties
6. Federal laws and the fire service including the Fair Labor Standards Act, American Disabilities Act, age discrimination, civil rights and sexual harassment
7. Employee relations, standards for physical testing, residency, grooming, promotions, psychological examinations and polygraphs
8. Fire prevention and fire codes, Fourth Amendment, certifications, building code vs. fire code
9. Mutual aid
10. Hazardous materials
11. Volunteers/contracts, At-will doctrine
12. Arson

1. Define different types of laws, their basic differences, and how they function in society. (1-3, 5, 8)
2. Articulate federal, state and local laws which regulate and influence the emergency services. (2-5, 8-12)
3. Explain the purpose and roles of national codes and standards concerning their legal influence. (6-8)
4. Interpret legal decisions that have, or will, affect emergency services. (2-6, 9)
5. Outline the organizational and legal structure of the emergency services. (1, 5, 8)
6. Define liabilities of emergency service workers. (3-9, 11)
7. Discuss negligence in an emergency setting. (2, 4, 6, 12)
8. Differentiate forms of discrimination and identify areas of potential discrimination in the emergency services. (2, 5, 6)
9. Identify and discuss the legalities of entrance requirements, residency, grooming and testing. (2, 6, 7, 11)
10. Explain the scope of the Civil Rights Act. (1, 2, 6, 8)
11. List the parameters and explain the basic intent of the American Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Family Medical Leave Act. (6)
12. Articulate the At-will doctrine. (11)
13. Specify the purpose of labor and employment laws. (5-7, 11)
14. Identify and analyze the major cause of firefighter deaths in the line of duty related to health, fitness, wellness and vehicle operations. ( 2-7)

1. Pre- and Post-test

FSC236 Occupational Safety/Hlth Emer

>FSC 236.Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services (3). Basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Includes risk and hazard evaluation and control procedures for emergency service organizations. Three lecture.

1. History of occupational safety and health in industry and in emergency service organizations
2. Identification of safety problems
3. Review of national injury statistics
4. National, state, and private organizations
5. Regulations versus standards
6. Safety-related regulations and standards
7. Risk management
8. Safety program development and management
9. Employee fitness/wellness programs
10. Pre- and post-incident safety and management
11. Safety at fire emergencies, EMS emergencies, and specialized incidents
12. Personal roles

1. Discuss the history of occupational health and safety. (1)
2. Identify occupational health and safety programs for industry and emergency services today. (1,3,4,8)
3. Compare and contrast standards and regulations. (5,6)
4. List and describe the components of risk identification, risk evaluation, and incident management. (7,10,11)
5. Describe the relevance for safety in the work place including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). (2,3,7,8,12)
6. Apply the knowledge of an effective safety plan to pre-incident planning, response, and training activities. (8,10,11)
7. Explain the components of an accountability system in emergency service operations. (11,12)
8. Discuss the need, and process, for post-incident analysis. (10)
9. Describe the components and value of critical incident management programs. (8-10,12)
10. Describe the responsibilities of individual responders, supervisors, safety officers, and managers as they relate to health and safety programs. (12)
11. List the components of a wellness/fitness plan. (9)
12. Identify and analyze the major causes involved in line-of-duty firefighter deaths related to health, wellness, fitness and vehicle operations. (2,3,7,8,12)

FSC238 Strategy and Tactics

FSC 238. Strategy and Tactics (3). Principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents. Three lecture.

1. Fire chemistry terms and concepts
2. Extinguishing equipment
3. Visual perception
4. Pre-planning
5. Size-up
6. Pre-fire planning
7. Concept/phases/methods/format
8. Occupancy classifications and building types
9. Basic divisions of tactics
10. Plan of operations
11. Rescue
12. Exposures
13. Confinement

1. Discuss fire behavior as it relates to strategies and tactics. (1,3,7,9,10)
2. Explain the main components of pre-fire planning and identify steps needed for a pre-fire plan review. (4,6,8)
3. Identify the basics of building construction and how they interrelate to pre-fire planning and strategy and tactics. (2,8-13)
4. Describe the steps taken during size-up. (3-5,10)
5. Examine the significance of fire ground communications. (9-11)
6. Identify the roles of the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Incident Management System (ICS) as they relate to strategy and tactics. (2,5,10,11)
7. Discuss the various roles and responsibilities in ICS/NIMS. (9,10)

FSC239 Fire Department Co Officer

FSC 239. Fire Department Company Officer (3). Supervisory methods for the fire service in fire safety, fire department organization and personnel supervision. Elements of management for the first-level Company Officer Supervisor. Includes principles of organization, communication, leadership and emergency incident management. Three lecture.

1. Organizational structure
2. Communications
3. The company as a group
4. Leadership as a group influence
5. Elements of management
6. Company motivation
7. Career counseling
8. Problem solving
9. Pre-incident surveys
10. Fireground management
11. Incident command and communications
12. Firefighter safety and health
13. Company officer liability

1. Describe a typical fire department's organizational structure.
2. Describe the functions and processes of the internal communications system.
3. Apply leadership and management strategies for effective individual and group performance.
4. Apply motivational strategies to individual and group performance.
5. Perform pre-incident surveys
6. Develop a plan for firefighter safety during regular job duties and emergencies.
7. Identify potential liability issues of the company officer and a plan to prevent occurrences.
8. Perform as the emergency scene commander.

FSC240 Principles of Fire/Emerg Serv

FSC 240. Principles of Fire and Emergency Service Administration (3). Organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency service, ethics, and leadership from the perspective of the company officer. Three lecture.

1. Duties
2. National standards
3. Career opportunities, education and training
4. Span of control, delegation and division of labor
5. Unity of command/chain of command
6. Organizational structure and communication
7. Evaluation and appraisal of employees, rewards and motivation
8. Progressive system of discipline and grievance procedures
9. Theories and history of management and supervision
10. Managing resources for emergency and non-emergency
11. Management roles, responsibilities, styles, traits and effectiveness
12. Labor
13. Emergency management system
14. Records management

1. Identify career development opportunities and strategies for success. (3)
2. Utilize communication skills, both written and verbal. (6)
3. Identify and explain the concepts of span of control, effective delegation, and division of labor. (1,2,4-6)
4. Select and implement the appropriate disciplinary action based upon an employee's conduct. (7,8)
5. Explain the history of management and supervision methods and procedures. (9,11)
6. Discuss the various levels of leadership, roles, and responsibilities of an organization. (1,10,11,14)
7. Describe the traits of effective versus ineffective management styles. (9-11)
8. Identify the importance of ethics as it relates to fire and emergency services. (12,14)
9. Identify the roles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Management System (IMS). (13)

FSC241 Bldg Const for Fire Protection

FSC 241.Building Construction for Fire Protection (3). Components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. Emphasis on the construction and design of structures as key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. Three lecture.

1. The fire problem
2. Principles of construction
3. Wood construction
4. Typical building design and construction
5. Principles of fire resistance
6. Steel construction
7. Concrete construction
8. Flame spread
9. Smoke and fire containment
10. High rise construction

1. Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy, and tactics. (1)
2. Classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local/model building code. (2)
3. Analyze hazards and tactical considerations associated with various types of building construction. (2-4,6,7,10)
4. Explain loads and stresses placed on a building and their interrelationships. (2,5,8)
5. Identify the function of principle structural components in typical building design. (1,2,5,8,9)
6. Differentiate between fire resistance and flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each. (1,2,5,8,9)
7. Classify occupancy designations of the building code. (1,5,8,9)
8. Identify indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety. (1,2,5,8,9)
9. Identify the role of GIS as it relates to building construction. (2,5)


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fire Service Officer/Manager Certificate program, the learner will be able to:


  1. Identify and analyze the major cause of firefighter deaths in the line of duty related to health, fitness, wellness and vehicle operations. (FSC 225)
  2. Prescribe safety procedures for personnel operating in the fire ground. (FSC 236)
  3. Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire. (FSC 210)
  4. Direct firefighting operations to achieve maximum property conservation. (FSC 238)
  5. Lead functions and processes as the emergency scene commander. (FSC 239)
  6. Incorporate and manage cost containment, budgeting, data analysis, personnel evaluation, community planning, and departmental and public organization. (FSC 240)
  7. Determine factors and principles related to fire resistance, building codes and fire suppression issues. (FSC 241)