Fire Officer Series IV 

3533 Community Risk Reduction

This is an executive level course, introducing the student to the concepts and process of fire and risk reduction within a community. The course will prepare the student to study the community, assess community risks, develop supporting networks, develop strategies for intervention, action plans, and perform risk reduction program evaluation.

3720 Strategic Planning

The classic management function of planning will be reviewed in its state and local government contexts. Emphasis will be placed on planning for change management applications to social equity and on strategic planning in public decision making.

 Required Textbook

Bryson, J. M. (2011). Strategic planning for public and nonprofit organizations: A guide to strengthening and sustaining organizational achievement (4TH ed.).

Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

4045 Personnel Management For The Fire And Emergency Services

This course examines relationships and issues in personnel administration and human resource development within the context of fire-related organizations, including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline, and collective bargaining.

 Required Textbook

Berman, E. M. (2016). Human resource management in public service: Paradoxes, processes, and problems (5th ed.). Los Angeles, CA: SAGE.

9884 Quantitative Analysis

This research course provides students with core knowledge and skills for understanding and conducting quantitative research at the bachelor level, including understanding data analysis and applying statistical concepts. Students explore classical quantitative research designs and common statistical tests, the importance of quality assurance, and ethical and social change implications of conducting quantitative research and producing knowledge. This course approaches statistics from a problem-solving perspective with emphasis on selecting appropriate statistical tests for a research design Students will apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing a quantitative research plan.

 Required Textbook

Kumar, R. (2018). Research Methodology: A step-by-step guide for beginners (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.