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Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management R0306

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Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Delivery type
10-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in emergency medical services, public administration, or emergency management.

This 10-day course is designed to enable students to better prepare their communities for large-scale, multiagency, all-hazard incidents. Students analyze emergency incidents and identify lessons learned and best practices to better prepare for future incidents. Students are introduced to emergency management and the workings of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as a framework for their analyses.

Some of the areas covered in the course are:

  • Risk assessment.
  • Incident documentation.
  • Standards and legal mandates.
  • Capability assessment.
  • Damage assessment.
  • Multiagency Coordination Systems including the EOC.

The subject matter is comprehensive--maximum use of the students’ time is required. Throughout the course, students are presented with a series of senior staff-level issues that require extensive analysis. The decisions made are applied to a mock community in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these decisions relative to the fire and rescue department’s operational readiness during major incidents such as floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes.

The course is very intense and uses lecture, analysis of documented emergency incidents, after action reports, and student participation using “Ted Talks” as instructional media.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

Acceptance into the Executive Fire Officer Program is required. Please refer to the Selection Criteria for the Executive Fire Officer Program.


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.

Note: A pre-course assignment, which will be graded, will be emailed to students six to eight weeks prior to class start date.

Post-course requirements

An Applied Research Project is a required post-course activity.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
August 16 - 27, 2021 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 16 - 27, 2021 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

Great exposure to the inner workings of an EOC. This course provided a very good foundation for EOC operations and the tools needed to gain federal assistance given the need.