Fire Officer IV
Old Course Code: FOTIV

Instructional Hours: 60.00

Objective: To provide the student with the knowledge and skills for successful performance as the chief fire officer for an organization. Versions 1 and 2

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to plan and monitor group projects, plan and evaluate community services needs, analyze process activity performance and use simulation to identify the means to correct any problems, provide ethical leadership, conduct risk management, manage training, grievance, member assistance and member incentive programs and develop emergency operations and major incident action plans. All project assignments and presentations must be submitted at the designated time. Versions 1 and 2

Course Content: Version 1: Major topics covered in this course include creating successful projects, project charters and working as a team, creating a project plan, doing a project and closing out a project; community long-range service delivery plans, evaluating community needs, department capabilities and recommendations for improvements; the benefits of process quality improvement, performance analysis and problem identification, analytical methods to identify and correct problem performance issues, data analysis from simulations, personal leadership, ethics, customer service, peer group evaluation; risk management needs assessments, the risk analysis matrix, controlling risk, training needs assessment, training programs, evaluating member incentive programs, community situation assessments, hazard analysis, emergency operation plan organization and development, hazard specific annex development; major incident action plans, unified command, civil disturbances, the ICS and incident action plan development.

Version 2: Major topics covered in this course include effective use of teams and communications, leadership, personal awareness tools, leaderhip theories, managing change, community relations, demographics, cultural awareness, customer service, research papers, government relations and participation, the political decision making process, monitoring legislative regulation and accreditation, human resources management, laws, regulations and court decisions, managing diversity, the recruitment hiring/employment process, employee/management issues, collective bargaining, effective negotiations, incentive programs, long-range planning, organizational values and mission, risk, hazard and value analysis, standards of coverage, capital resource procurement, education and in-service training goals, delivery and evaluation, disaster planning and prevention and mitigation strategies, response and recovery efforts, health and safety programs, firefighter safety, critical incident stress management, and monitoring risk management programs.

Methods of Instruction: Version 1: Lecture, discussion, classroom group activities, audio/visual materials, student presentations, papers and a final examination.

Version 2: Lecture, discussion, classroom individual and group activities, audio/visual materials, research paper and student presentations.

ACE Credit Recommendations:
Credit Recommendation: The ACE/CREDIT recommendation for this course is in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fire Administration or Public Administration and in the graduate degree category, 1 semester hour in Research (2/09). Versions 1 and 2

The prerequisite for this course is MFRI Fire Officer III


MFSPQB, NBFSPQ, IFSAC or DOD/IFSAC Fire Officer III 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 communication skills.

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

  • Fire Officer IV