Administration of Fire and Emergency Services Organization – FIRE 340

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

Course Description

This course demonstrates the skills necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department. The course prepares students to assume administrative positions within fire and emergency service organizations and examines roles and responsibilities of administrators, management, and leadership theory and practices, and common fire and emergency service administrative structures and processes.




To effectively lead modern fire and emergency service organizations and the various components within them, individuals must have a strong understanding of the ever-changing issues that face the fire and emergency medical services in an increasingly complex emergency management environment.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the elements of effective departmental organization.
  2. Explain major concepts in fire and emergency services administration.
  3. Apply knowledge of fire and emergency services administration to the study of political, social, and historical contexts of fire and emergency services.
  4. Analyze the value of a community-related approach to risk reduction.
  5. Assess the importance of positively influencing community leaders by demonstrating effective leadership.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

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 at least 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 at least 200 words. Outside research must be used and must be properly cited using current APA format.

The student will write a critique of 2 case studies in the course. Each case study critique must be 3–5 pages and discuss the major facts of the case, and the student must tell the basis for the policy review. The student will explain whether or not he/she believes the policy is achieving its desired outcome and/or what type of changes in the policy are needed and why. Each case study critique must cite at least 3 scholarly sources and use current APA format.

Each quiz will have 2 questions, using essay questions to extract the student’s knowledge about the content of this course. Each quiz will have a 1-hour time limit.