Cultural Competence in Risk Reduction R0394

Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Management Fire Prevention: Public Education
Training Specialist

David Donohue

Delivery type
6-Day On-Campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, two semester hours in fire service administration, public planning, emergency management, or public administration.

This six-day course seeks to improve cultural and linguistic determinants within the application of risk-reduction strategies by helping to connect fire/Emergency Medical Services prevention personnel with diverse and cultural groups within the community(s) they serve, specifically to increase the reach and effectiveness of fire/life safety prevention services and programs.

The course applies a risk-reduction model, which is used in several other National Fire Academy courses, as the context to discuss and interact with aspects of cultural competence. The cultural aspects this course deals with are nationality and language (other than English), although the principles of cultural competence taught in this course can be applied to any multicultural environment. This course is not about any one particular culture but about the building blocks of culture which correspond to four broad categories of human experience.

These four building blocks of culture are:

  1. Concept of self — individual and collectivist.
  2. Personal versus societal responsibility — universalist and particularistic.
  3. Concept of time — monochromic and polychromic.
  4. Locus of control — internal and external.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

  • Students who work in fire and life safety prevention, typically including public fire and life safety educators, code enforcers, arson investigators, inspectors, fire marshals and others whose work requires community outreach in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Other organizational personnel who have prevention responsibility as a secondary or even volunteer status such as suppression personnel (who work in prevention) may attend.
  • All students should have some responsibility for interfacing with the community within the risk-reduction process.


Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.  Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
September 16 - 21, 2018 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
October 21 - 26, 2018 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland