Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction W0636

Course only available to on-campus weekend program students.
Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Management
Training Specialist

Michael Weller

Delivery type
2-Day On-Campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, one semester hour in public safety, fire science, or emergency management.

This two-day course is designed to help fire and emergency services learn what community risk reduction is and how to build organizational support for it. This course will address the challenges that fire departments face in shifting their priorities from response to prevention. In many departments, community risk reduction is still considered a low priority. This course will show you how community risk reduction can help you and your department become more of a community player in times of decreased budgets.

This course includes three units of instruction:

  • Unit 1: Components of Community Risk Reduction.
  • Unit 2: Community Risk Reduction as a Service Priority.
  • Unit 3: Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction.

At the end of this course, students will be evaluated through a 25-question multiple-choice examination. A final grade will be provided to each student. The minimum score needed to pass is 70.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

The target audience for this course includes:

  • Fire and emergency services personnel who want to learn about community risk reduction.
  • Fire and emergency services personnel who are currently involved with fire prevention and have an interest in advancing risk-reduction efforts in their community.


  1. 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.
  2. There is a pre-course assignment that should take about one hour to complete.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Submit FEMA Form 119-25-2 to the contact(s) listed below for the course offering you are interested in attending.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
November 16 - 17, 2019 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Dereck Baker
Division Chief
Virginia Department of Fire Programs

David Jolly
Division Chief
Virginia Department of Fire Programs

Course coordination plan
November 23 - 24, 2019 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Kim Williams
Deputy Director

Course coordination plan
April 4 - 5, 2020 Emmitsburg, Maryland

John B. Gilmore Jr
State Training Director
NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services/ Office of Fire Prevention & Control

Brian Benstead
Deputy Chief, Fire Operations & Training Branch
NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services/ Office of Fire Prevention & Control

Course coordination plan
May 30 - 31, 2020 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Reid Vaughan
Director of Regional Services
Alabama Fire College

Course coordination plan
July 25 - 26, 2020 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Jack E Smith
Ohio Fire Academy

Scott Walker
Deputy Superintendent
Ohio Fire Academy

Course coordination plan

Student comments

This course has a lot of potential to turn fire departments into proactive rather than reactive.