Leadership in Fire Service Organizations – FIRE 450

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

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.

Prerequisite:

GOVT 200

Rationale

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 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 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 to discuss the roles and responsibilities of leadership within the fire services. The presentation should discuss the P-R-DIE Administrative Format and how it might be used for some of these roles and responsibilities. Students may also consider presenting topics previously discussed such as the 3U Method. Additionally, the purpose of this project is to familiarize students with the use of the Power Point presentation tool. As a leader within the fire services, there will be times when such presentations might 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 presentation must be completed in current APA formatting and consist of 10-15 slides (excluding all title, abstract and reference slides). In addition to the course text, all presentations must utilize at least 4 outside scholarly sources to support evaluation an analysis. When completing the Power Point presentation, please remember to utilize Power Point Best Practices, which can be found at the following link: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Tips-for-creating-and-delivering-an-effective-presentation-f43156b0-20d2-4c51-8345-0c337cefb88b.

Please bullet points in the body of the slides and use the speaker’s notes section liberally to provide supporting thoughts and information.

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 5 outside scholarly sources to support evaluation an analysis.