Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management R0306

Delivery type 10-Day On-Campus
ACE recommendation In the graduate degree category, three semester hours in fire science, public safety, public administration, or general management.
CEU’s 5.8
Student pre-course materials and course syllabus https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/pcm/pcm_r0306.pdf PDF 456 KB https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_r0306.pdf PDF 280Kb
Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Upcoming offerings

November 6 - 17, 2017 | December 11 - 22, 2017 | January 8 - 19, 2018 | View more

Course description

This is a required course for the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. This 10-day course is designed for third-year Executive Fire Officer students to better prepare their communities for large-scale, multiagency, all-hazard incidents. In this course, students analyze emergency incidents and identify lessons learned and best practices to better prepare for future incidents. Additionally, 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, and Multiagency Coordination Systems including the EOC. Since 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.

Selection criteria

• Chiefs of department or equivalent.

• Chief officers or equivalent who head a major bureau or division within a fire department, e.g., suppression, prevention, training, Emergency Medical Services, etc.

• Chief officers and senior deputies of state governmental fire organizations, e.g., state fire marshals and state directors of fire training.

• Field battalion-level officers from International Association of Fire Chiefs “metro-size” fire organizations also will be considered (organizations that serve populations in excess of 200,000 and/or have more than 400 uniformed personnel).

Additionally, officers who eventually may assume one of these positions and are upwardly mobile in their organizations may be considered.


ICS-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online at www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/courses/online.html. 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.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
November 6 - 17, 2017 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
December 11 - 22, 2017 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 8 - 19, 2018 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply April 9 - 20, 2018 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply May 21, 2018 - June 1, 2018 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply June 18 - 29, 2018 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 23, 2018 - August 3, 2018 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply August 20 - 31, 2018 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Post-course requirements An Applied Research Project is a required post-course activity.