This 10-day course is designed to prepare fire/EMS managers and executives to understand organizational theory as it relates to practice. During the course, students acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and abilities to operate an organization efficiently and effectively. Theories, principles, and analytical tools are applied in workshop exercises to the strategic organizational issues associated with planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.
Units of instruction include organization definition and structure, explanation and application of theory, planning in an organization, theories of organization and management, control and evaluation within an organization, organizational analysis, leadership styles and supervisory practices, decisionmaking, and organizational communication.
A course project report requires students to identify a problem in their department or division over which they have some influence, develop a solution to the problem, and write a postcourse report on the various organizational theories learned. The report is due 6 months after completion of the course. Noncompliance with this requirement, or a project that receives a failing grade, will result in failure of the course. Refer to the section on "Student Failure" for an explanation of the consequences.
|Selection Criteria||* Individuals presently assigned to management positions, e.g., chief officers who supervise company officers.* Individuals presently assigned to top-level management positions, but who have had limited opportunity for managerial development through formalized course work.* Company officers who are upwardly mobile within their organizations, and whose chiefs of department wish to prepare them for increased managerial responsibility.* Administrative officers who are responsible for significant staff functions within the organization, and who report directly to top management.|
|Delivery Type||10-Day Off-Campus|
|Prerequisites||ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online at www.nfaonline.dhs.gov. Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.|
|ACE Recommendation||In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire service administration, organizational behavior, or public administration.|
|Student Pre-Course Materials||None.|
|Student Comments||This should be a mandatory course for chiefs...I will be able to bring back leadership skills to my department to better serve the community as well as increase morale of department...Provides an excellent foundation for understanding how an organization functions both formally and informally.|