Decision-Making and Financial Management for Fire and EMS Organizations M0488

This is an NFA Online mediated course taught by an instructor with multiple students. Lessons, activities and communication are taught asynchronously through NFA Online, allowing students to complete course work on their own time. Assignment completions have assigned timeframes and all course participants are expected to connect with each other and the instructor two or more times per week.
Curriculum: Planning & Information Management
Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in public administration, emergency management, emergency medical service, or fire administration.

This 6-week online mediated course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the Transformational Model and process to manage fiscal and resource allocations. Participants practice application of computer software for data analysis and decision-making.

Software applications include Microsoft ® Excel; PivotTables, regression tools, templates (Occupancy Vulnerability Assessment Profile (OVAP)/Risk Assessment Form, Emergency Response (RAFER) and Risk Hazard, and Value Evaluation (RHAVE), and National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), and National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) databases and will explore modules that include Outcomes, Technology, Services, and Fiscal Management.

The course concludes with a capstone project in which participants develop a Staff Report, Executive Summary, and Proposal PowerPoint for a self-selected/instructor approved project.

Selection criteria

This course is relevant to members of organizations who are involved in any aspect of budgeting and department planning decisions.

It targets Presidents, Officers, Treasurers, Trustees/Boards of Directors, Chief Officers, and any member who recommends programmatic decisions or policies within a fire or EMS organization.


Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.

Post-course requirements