Fire Officer III
Old Course Code: FOTIII

Instructional Hours: 60.00


Objective: To provide the participant with the knowledge and skills required for the administrative and operational challenges of the fire service in the 21st century. Versions 1 and 2

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to qualify for certification at the Fire Officer III level (NFPA 1021) and function as a participant in the day-to-day administrative/ operationally focused process of fire service organizational activities, including human resources management, community outreach programming, maintaining of central record/data repository systems, budgeting, inspections/pre-incident planning, safety program development, in-basket assessment and incident planning with multi-agency involvement (NFPA 1021: Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications). Participants' grades incorporate final project, homework assignments and peer evaluation. All project assignments and presentations must be submitted at the designated time. Versions 1 and 2

Course Content: Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are program orientation, ethics, establishing a partnership with the community, budgetary process, budgeting and auditing practices, budget development, and fiscal planning, managing human resources, inspections and pre-incident planning for specific occupancies, risk management and safety programs, managing personnel evaluations, assessments centers, and accountability, emergency services delivery, incident planning and multi-agency involvement.

Version 2: Major topics covered in the course are program orientation, measuring service delivery, hazard analysis, variables affecting response, budgeting and fiscal planning, the competitive bidding process, commodity types, purchasing methods, bid specifications, legal requirements and cost-reduction opportunities, human resources planning and scheduling, departmental administration, risk management, elements of and implementation of a safety and health program and safety audits, inspections and pre-incident planning, establishing a community and public partnership, incident planning and multi-agency involvement and post incident analysis.

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, case studies, role-playing, problem solving, research and group projects, group presentations, peer evaluations and 3 on-line lessons. Student projects, presentations, and participation are evaluated based on an instructor and peer evaluation process. Versions 1 and 2

The prerequisite for this course is MFRI Fire Officer II


MFSPQB, NBFSPQ, IFSAC or DOD/IFSAC Fire Officer II certification.

This program involves required individual/group project assignments outside normal class time with classroom presentations and requires a solid background in verbal and written communications skills.

Upon successful completion, this course partially satisfies the professional certification requirements for:

  • Fire Officer III