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ESVS 402 : Fire and Emergency Services Administration

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Fire and Emergency Services Administration
This course is designed to be a progressive primer for students who want more knowledge about fire and emergency services administration. The course demonstrates the importance of the following skills, necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department through the challenges and changes of the 21st century: Persuasion and influence, accountable budgeting, anticipation of challenges and the need for change, and using specific management tools for analyzing and solving problems. A central part of the course focuses on how the leadership of a fire and emergency services department develops internal and external cooperation to create a coordinated approach to achieving the department's mission.

At the end of this course, students will be able to understand how to help the fire and emergency services administrator perform as an effective risk manager by recognizing legal and political issues affecting public safety, finding and applying appropriate legal rules and/or political constructs, and articulating supportable conclusions and recommendations.

Alignment with departmental program outcomes is indicated in parentheses. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. Define and discuss the elements of effective departmental organization. (PO 1, 2, 4, 5)

2. Classify what training and skills are needed to establish departmental organization. (PO 1, 2)

3. Analyze the value of a community-related approach to risk reduction. (PO 1, 2, 4, 5)

4. Outline the priorities of a budget planning document while anticipating the diverse needs of a community. (PO 1, 2, 4, 5)5. Assess the importance of positively influencing community leaders by demonstrating effective leadership. (PO 1, 2, 4, 5)

6. Analyze the concept of change and the need to be aware of future trends in fire management. (PO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

7. Report on the importance of communications technology, fire service networks, and the Internet when conducting problem-solving analysis and managing trends. (PO 1, 2, 4, 5)

8. Develop a clear understanding of the national assessment models and their respective approaches to certification. (PO 1, 2, 5)

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications, aviation applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Mary Kathleen Gorman - 2/27/2015
Dr. Ronald T. Wakeham - 2/27/2015
Dr. Ronald T. Wakeham - 2/27/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 2/27/2015
1-5 Bachelor of Fire Science
PO 1 - Employ leadership and supervisory knowledge to effectively manage fire and emergency services resources and programs.
PO 2 - Apply research, critical thinking, and analytical decision-making skills to contemporary public safety challenges.
PO 3 - Comprehend and apply foundational fire and emergency services scientific and technical concepts and principles.
PO 4 - Comprehend and implement management, protection, prevention, mitigation, response, recovery, and planning strategies to be responsive to the needs of the community.
PO 5 - Demonstrate a proficiency in identifying and solving problems related to the specialty area using Fire Science knowledge and the interrelationships to historical, organizational, legal, social, political, economic, and physical constructs.
Key: 97