Leadership in Fire Service Organizations – FIRE 450

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/07/2022

Course Description

This course covers supervisory skills and practices necessary to lead in fire service organizations. Topics include the theory, practice, and application of ethical leadership in public safety; and activities to develop personal ethics and leadership skills and abilities.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The future of fire service organizations is almost wholly reliant upon the quality of leaders who are developed today. To become a well-qualified leader within the fire services, one must not only understand the details of fire service responsibilities but must also understand the basic principles of effective leadership and how to apply those principles in an ethical manner throughout one’s career.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare and contrast leadership to management.
  2. Identify the traits beneficial to a leader within the fire services.
  3. Explain the administrative roles incumbent upon a leader.
  4. Describe the customer service mentality required of a leader.
  5. Examine the challenges and opportunities associated with critical decision making.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be 250 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 100 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 project is for the student to discuss the roles and responsibilities of leadership within the fire service. The presentation should provide an in-depth discussion of the major roles and responsibilities of fire services leadership. The student should also discuss the P-R-DIE Administrative Format and how it might be used for some of the more administrative leadership roles and responsibilities. Finally, students should present topics previously discussed such as the 3U Method.

An additional objective of this project is to familiarize students with the use of the Power Point presentation tool. As a leader within the fire service, there will be times when such presentations will be necessary. All presentations must be completed through the lens of a Biblical Worldview where students will incorporate appropriate biblical passages and/or resources.

The purpose of this paper is to analyze and discuss the skills and qualities that are most beneficial for both formal and informal leaders within the fire services. Students will examine the role of formal and informal leaders within the fire services and further discuss the role of each as well as the power held by both. 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 current 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 4 outside scholarly sources to support evaluation and analysis.