May 18, 2022  
2021 - 2022 Catalog 
2021 - 2022 Catalog
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FST 280W - Company Officer I/II

Credits: 4
Instructional Contact Hours: 4

Focuses on highly specialized and complex technical issues the company officer must confront. Presents the inner workings and dynamics of a typical fire service organization. Involves decision making matrix process that embraces administrative functions and strategic planning of a mid-level company officer. Prepares the company officer in the management of multi-unit response operations; water supply, staging, safety, division/sector, exposure protection and unified command functions.

Prerequisite(s): FST 211  and instructor permission.
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 60 Lab Hours: 0
Pass/NoCredit: No

Outcomes and Objectives  

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and selected skills necessary for mid-level company officer to perform effectively within a fire service environment.
    1. Describe the influence and impact that government agencies have on fire service organizations.
    2. Demonstrate proficiency in writing, editing and proofreading various documents and reports.
    3. Describe basic concepts of human resource management, including types of power and authority, policy administration, human behavior, and interpersonal dynamics in effective management.
    4. Describe the elements, effects, and methods for eliminating harassment in the workplace.
    5. Describe the budgetary process and how it relates to the role of the company officer.
    6. Apply the concepts and principles of a fair/objective impartial evaluative/appraisal process and the various aspects of progressive discipline.
    7. Identify the components, capabilities, and application of information management system.
    8. Identify the supervisor's role in the exposure and injury reporting process and the elements of safety and health programs.
    9. Describe the company officer’s role in conducting inspections, identifying hazards, and determining preliminary fire cause.
    10. Identify importance of informational media releases and their impact on influencing public opinion.
    11. Describe the aspects of the strategic planning process and be able to develop and produce operational plans for multi-unit responses.
    12. Describe an incident management system and be able to command a multi-unit response that incorporates appropriate strategic goals, tactical objectives, and resource deployment.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and selected skills necessary to prepare for Fire Officer I/II Certification.
    1. Obtain Michigan Fire Fighter Training Council Certification as Fire Officer I/II.
  3. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  4. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  5. Demonstate the learning of concepts through writing.

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