Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction R0274

Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Management
Training Specialist

Michael Weller

Delivery type
10-Day On-Campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the graduate degree category, three semester hours in public administration, public safety management, or emergency management.

This 10-day course is the second course in the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO Program). The course is a mixture of philosophy and application — the value of the community risk reduction and the process of applying risk reduction to the community. It involves developing partnerships with the community to implement programs, initiatives and services that prevent and/or mitigate the risk of human-caused or natural disasters. Traditional fire prevention programs are addressed.

There is an extensive pre-course assignment in which students are required to research the history of fire prevention and its evolution into community risk reduction. Students build a demographic and risk profile of their home community and examine social, cultural, economic and environmental trends that impact community risk.

The course examines the EFO as a community risk-reduction leader, assesses community risk, develops a draft plan for a local risk-reduction initiative, applies change management models, and addresses organizational and community politics.

The ultimate goal of the course is to develop fire service leaders who are committed in word and deed to comprehensive multihazard community risk reduction.

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.


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.

Post-course requirements

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

Student comments

This class has opened my eyes to the importance of CRR and the value added it will bring our organization. This goes beyond basic fire prevention, looks at risk reduction as a whole and uses the data that we have been entering into NFIRS.