Chief Officer

2158: The New Fire Chief I: Challenging Issues

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Contact Hours: 16
  • This course is designed to develop the managerial, administrative, and leadership skills necessary for the fire chief and chief officer who desire a leadership position in their department. This course addresses critical knowledge and skills pertaining to the responsibilities of a fire chief including such topics as local politics and the role of the chief officer, liability and risk management, resources and items of knowledge needed to become a first time leader in a new agency position.

2159: Politics and the White Helmet

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Contact Hours: 16 (Instructor may increase time)
  • This course is aimed at providing chief officers in fire service and EMS agencies with an overview of the ways to succeed and work within the local, county, and state level political system to achieve positive results for their department. It will also provide the officer an improved insight into better ways to relate and speak to citizens, and others, to gain support and understanding of their needs for bond issues, tax votes, and general elections. Participants learn about successful approaches appropriate for government employees and volunteers. The course identifies successful tools needed to address the challenge necessary to bring about change, and how a department’s culture of power, influence, negotiation, and coalition building is important to success.

2160: The New Fire Chief II: Administrative Issues

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Contact Hours: 16
  • This course is designed to provide students the managerial, administrative, leadership skills, and awareness necessary for newly or recently appointed or elected chiefs to effectively meet their obligations of the position. The primary audience of this course is the newly appointed fire chief in volunteer, combination, or career departments as well as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) chiefs. The secondary audience is department leaders and current officers who may become fire chiefs and local government administrators and elected officials who are involved in the administration of a fire department or EMS service.

2182: The New Fire Chief III: Contemporary Issues

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Contact Hours: 16
  • This course is designed to develop the managerial skills, leadership skills, contemporary issues, and awareness necessary for newly appointed or elected fire chiefs to effectively meet their obligations. The course will help to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for them to perform effectively now and in the future. The primary audience is newly appointed or elected fire chiefs in volunteer, combination, or career departments. The secondary audience is departmental leaders who may become fire chiefs and local level government administrators and elected officials, including fire district commissioners, board members, etc.