Human Resources Management in Fire Service Organizations – FIRE 330

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A human resources management overview applied to fire and emergency service organizations. Theory, policies, procedures, and practices related to the management of publicly employed emergency personnel are distinguished. Analysis of human resource administration including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management, discipline, and collective bargaining, and effectively dealing with ethical issues.

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

The development and continued well-being of all fire and emergency services organization is dependent upon an ongoing reassessment of the needs and assets of the organization. One of the greatest assets to any organization is its pool of personnel. The management of fire and emergency services personnel is an ongoing process that involves ever-evolving ways in which to manage, discipline and educate the employees of the organization. It is incumbent that one understands the theories, policies and procedures that guide these decisions on a daily basis.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the greatest challenges to managing fire service personnel.

  2. Identify key pieces of legislation that dictate various elements of management within the fire services.

  3. Identify relevant court cases that most impact management of fire services personnel.

  4. Identify and understand the challenges associated with recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of fire service personnel.

  5. Understand the concepts of unionization and collective bargaining.

  6. Discuss the role of retention efforts such as mentoring and higher education within the fire services.

Course Assignment

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words.All threads and replies must reflect critical thought. Relate the course content to real-world applications with biblical perspectives and cite a minimum of 1 source, per response, in current APA format.

The purpose of this paper is to examine the greatest challenges often faced by management within the fire services with a focus on a specific piece of legislation.  This paper should include a discussion of the specific legislation and how that legislation can and does impact the way in which fire services personnel are managed.  All papers must be completed through the lens of a Biblical Worldview where students will incorporate appropriate biblical passages and/or resources. The paper must be completed in APA formatting and consist of 750-1250 words (excluding all title, abstract and reference pages). In addition to the course text, all papers must utilize at least 4 outside scholarly sources to support evaluation an analysis.

The purpose of this paper is to further analyze and discuss the challenges associated with the management of fire services personnel. For the purposes of this paper, you may focus on challenges such as recruitment, hiring, retention, training, attrition, etc. While you may tie this paper into the Research Paper 1, be sure not to dwell on the information provided in the first paper.  This work should consist of entirely new information where you might, at most, draw a nexus to the legislation discussed previously.  All papers must be completed through the lens of a Biblical Worldview where students will incorporate appropriate biblical passages and/or resources. The paper must be completed in APA formatting and consist of at least 1500 words (excluding all title, abstract and reference pages). In addition to the course text, all papers must utilize at least 5 outside scholarly sources to support evaluation an analysis.