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Fire Service Financial Management R0333

Curriculum: Planning & Information Management
Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

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

This 10-day course provides attendees with the skills needed to effectively manage the fiscal activities of fire/EMS and emergency services organizations and the community. The program focuses on planning, developing, funding, and implementing budgets and the presentation of budgets and fiscal documents and programs to policy-makers, with a focus on evaluating the impact of changes in resource levels on performance goals and outcomes.

This is not an accounting course, but does utilize accounting concepts to support decision making and financial management to support organizational objectives. This is a course for fire/EMS, emergency service managers, community leaders, and others who need to tie capacity building and resource and resource allocation to community risk-reduction outcomes identified in their strategic-based or capability-based planning.

This course supports coalition building and collaboration to obtain prioritized needs, resource allocation, tracking to sustain updated strategies, and the delivery of community risk identification and preparedness programs.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to develop, implement, support, and manage the fiscal activities of their organization in support of organizational priorities.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the self-study course, Q0880 - Management Tools for Fire and Emergency Services Leaders available through NFA Online before attending this course.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 335KB
Welcome Letter and Pre-course Assignment PDF 190KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Fire, EMS and emergency services personnel who have direct influence or responsibility for the design, development and/or administration of the organization’s resources/budget/logistics.

Special admission is available for board members, financial managers, administrative personnel assigned to department management and planning, and town/city administrators responsible for fire service operations who attend the course with a fire/EMS chief officer.

Special consideration is available for groups of students from the same organization attending the same session as well as elected or appointed government officials from the authority having jurisdiction for a selected student.

All applications must be submitted at the same time.


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 and that their job assignment meets the student selection criteria within their organization.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
Apply August 22, 2022 - September 2, 2022 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply October 31, 2022 - November 11, 2022 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 19 - 30, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

Provided insight into the dynamics surrounding financial management. I liked that the course was not "data driven" and helped me understand that there is much more to budgeting than the NUMBERS.