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

Curriculum: Planning & Information Management
Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
There is not an American Council on Education credit recommendation for this course.

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