Human Resources and Budget Management for the Executive Fire Officer – FIRE 620

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course emphasizes the research and application of effective human resource and budget management best practices for the executive fire officer. The student will be encouraged to apply budgeting and finance theory to fire, emergency management, and other emergency service agencies, including principles of revenues and expenditures. Includes a review of recruitment, civil service, training, performance evaluation, job development, compensation systems, teamwork, empowerment, unionism, equal employment opportunity, employee rights, privacy and occupational health and safety.

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

Rationale

This course is essential for executive fire officers due to the fact that human resources and budgeting is such a large component of the job. This course provides for in-depth examination and practical application of both of these important job duties.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

A. Discuss several of the human resources activities and challeges in public safety.

B. Explain the legal responsibilities and ethical considerations of human resources      management for public safety administrators.

C. Solve problems by evaluating arguments and making judgements about emergency service delivery.

D. Identify the key budgeting implications related to standard human resource management policies and practices in the fire and emergency management environment.

E. Explain best practices in applying principles of public sector budgeting to the fire and emergency management environment.

F. Assess appropriate priorities and allocation of resources for an emergency service agency, especially when facing severe budgetary cuts and/or a reduction of workforce.

G. Evaluate the fairness of promotional processes within fire and emergency management workforces which consider factors including years of experience, education level, seniority, union rights, equal opportunity, and performance reviews.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

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, students are required to submit an “original” thread and two replies.  The “reply” posts will be in response to the posts of two classmates. Since this is the first discussion post for the class, students will introduce themselves to others in the course by posting in accordance with the prompt criteria. As opposed to other discussion postings, no citations are necessary. Each “original” introduction discussion thread must be a minimum of 250 words and each “reply” thread must be minimum 150 words.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 400-500 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 200-250 words.

Short Paper: Hiring Practices, Performance Evals, Compensation, and Benefits Assignment

The student will write a 8-10 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on several HR topics. These topics include: hiring practices, performance evals, compensation, and benefits.  The paper must include at least 10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. 

Short Paper: Human Resource Promotions, Discipline and Health/Safety Assignment

The student will write a 8-10 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on several HR topics. The topics include: promotions, employee discipline and health/safety.  The paper must include at least 10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. 

Short Paper: Fiscal Essay Assignment

The student will write a 3-5 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a fiscal crisis. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.