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Fire Officer 1 & 2 (NFPA 1021)

Fire Officer is a unique online training program that’s been designed to go beyond the basic knowledge obtained in Fire Officer I certification courses. The curriculum for this course is guided by the 2014 edition of NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, and takes the opportunity to delve into the subject matter in more depth with guidance from the Explanatory Material contained in Appendix A of NFPA 1021. The incumbent company officer — as well as the firefighter who aspires to become a company officer—will find this online continuing education program to be challenging and thought-provoking.

Learners will benefit from a self-paced training environment as well as an easy-to-use interface to make the course flow smoothly.

Features and benefits of this Firefighter course include:

  • A simple, user-friendly interface to ensure that students do not waste time learning how to navigate through material.
  • A safe and self-paced training environment that allows students to learn at their own pace.

FireRescue1 Academy’s course includes coverage of the latest developments in:

  • The “Everybody Goes Home” campaign and its 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
  • The variety of roles that the company officer plays in a fire department, including: tactical fire officer; supervisor; manager; teacher; risk manager; personnel developer; facility manager; and public fire educator.
  • The company officer as a tactical leader on the emergency scene working within the framework of an Incident Command System.
  • Organizational Risk Management in the fire service.
  • The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).
  • Changes in the National Incident Management System and Incident Command.
Course Name Course Description Length
FO: The Company Officer The company officer in a fire department has the daily responsibility for leading, guiding, and directing fire department resources. Those resources assigned to them comprise a vast sum of a fire departments resources as well as operational budget dollars. This course is designed to inform and educate the incumbent company officers as well as those firefighters who aspire to become a company officer about the following management responsibilities. These include how to become a tactical commander, agent of management, first-line supervisor, personnel developer, facility manager, public fire educator, and risk manager. 1h
FO: Firefighter Professional Development One of the roles of a company officer in a fire department is the professional development of their firefighters. Successful fire departments have a good pipeline of talent that is ready to assume positions of increasing responsibility. In this course, you will learn some of the key things that you can do to help your firefighters prepare for that first promotion. If you are a firefighter whose goal is to be promoted, you will find the information in this course to be invaluable. 45m
FO: Preparing for the Promotion Getting a promotion has become more competitive and challenging in many fire departments. Increasingly, the requirements for promotion include more than just having firefighter technical knowledge. Customer service, personnel management, and the professional development of your fighters are just some of the skills you will need to prepare for. In this course, you will learn how to prepare for those more challenging requirements, and how you can make yourself the best candidate for your next promotional opportunity. 45m
FO: Officer Communications Successful fire officers at any rank must be good communicators. This course is designed to enhance your ability to identify the importance of proper training for your role as a communicator as a fire officer. In this course, you will learn how the fire officer can better communicate using the written word. Written words that may be created by their organization, e.g., policies and procedures and regulations, or by the fire officer during their duties, e.g., memos, e-mails, and reports. 45m
FO: Managing the Budget and Change This course is designed to give incumbent fire officers and firefighters professional development in the areas of budget management and change management. This course will enable you to better understand budget management and change management as they relate to your position at the fire company-level in your fire department. 45m
FO: Fire Officer Leadership Skills A successful company office is one who understands and embraces leading their team to success. That is leadership. A company officer must also be able to manage the daily workload, assign tasks to their firefighters, solve problems, and a wide variety of things. That is management. This course focuses on the leadership knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed for success as a company officer in a fire department leading a crew of firefighters. We will discuss the role that leadership plays in the success of a company officer. Leadership and management are two very different words in the context of a fire department or any other workplace. 45m
FO: Leader, Mentor, and Coach One of the primary roles for any fire officer is the personal and professional development of their direct reports. That is even truer for the company officer, as the company officer in most fire departments has the most direct influence on many of a department’s personnel: individual firefighters. 1h
FO: Personnel Management and Discipline This course is designed to give the fire officer an overview of the knowledge and information necessary to be an effective leader, mentor, and coach. These terms are not synonymous. They each have distinct characteristics, and each plays a key role in the personal and professional development of an officer’s direct reports. 1h
FO: Incident and Crew Management The modern company officer must possess a wide range of leadership and management skills to successfully take care of their assigned personnel, apparatus and facilities. One of the core competencies for a Company Officer is the ability to manage tactical operations for their crew and as the initial Incident Commander (IC) on incidents. In this course we will discuss the key responsibilities the company officer has for safely, effectively, and efficiently managing the emergency scene and the responding personnel. 1h
FO: Fire Officer Safety In this course, you will learn some of the key safety functions that a company officer must address as they manage their assigned personnel. We will also discuss how by becoming informed and educated about these safety issues can aid the company officer in developing a team that can operate safely, effectively, and efficiently in the field. You will learn about the need for changing the fire service culture in respect to improved firefighter safety and wellness. We will also discuss how the company officer can effectively model safety behaviors that provide a positive influence on their firefighters. 45m
FO: Labor Relations Knowing your rights as a firefighter provides you with the tools you need to successfully execute your role as a firefighter with the legal protection you need. Understanding the current legislation will equip you to relate well as an employee and as an employer providing a harmonious, effective work environment. 45m
FO: Community Outreach This course is designed to help you understand the importance of community outreach programs and public relations. Do not confuse those two topics with public fire and life safety education; fire and life safety education, while a form of community outreach, merits its own course and you will find that in a later course in this series. 45m
FO: Planning and Code Enforcement The body of knowledge and skills necessary for safe, effective, and efficient firefighting has continued to grow exponentially from the time when most firefighting responses were for fires in single-family dwellings of wood-frame construction. New construction techniques, construction materials, and occupancy types present challenges for firefighters that their predecessors of a hundred years could not have foreseen. In this course, we will discuss what some of those common fire code violations are and how the company officer can inform and educate the building owner or manager to correct those violations in a way that builds trust and understanding. 45m
FO: Fire Incident Safety Too many officers are not taking advantage of technological improvements to fire apparatus and equipment and tactics. This is why are we still sending firefighters up aerial ladders, and frequently into heavy smoke that obscures them from the view of those on the ground – when the ladder has a pre-piped, remote-controlled master stream device that’s controlled by the operator on the turntable. It’s why we have such a tough time accepting the fact the light-weight building construction is designed to resist gravity, not fire. This course discusses the key behaviors that an incident commander must employ to ensure safe, effective, and efficient fire suppression operations. The material covers firefighter disorientation in structure fires and why it is considered the most serious threat to a firefighter’s life. 45m
FO: Fire Investigation and Determination This course is designed to help you understand the fundamentals of fire investigation and your role as a fire officer in the initial fire investigation. Firefighters and fire officers are the initial fire investigators who are first on scene and can provide initial observations, evidence protection, and documentation for incoming fire investigators. 45m
FO: Organizational Risk Management Fire and EMS organizations are exposed to a variety of risks as they conduct their business of providing emergency and non-emergency services to the public they serve. Company officers must understand organizational risks and how to effectively manage those risks at the fire company level. This course will expose you to information regarding the company officer position as a first-line risk manager whose role is to protect their fire department from organizational risks. 1h
FO: Professional Ethics Why are ethics important in the fire service? Fire service is funded by tax dollars, in part or whole with federal, state and local grants; and monies donated by the local community. We work for the people. We are rightfully under the watchful eye of the people we serve. This is a good thing. Being a public servant is an honor, one we should all cherish. In this course, we will discuss the topic of ethics in general and then progress to how fire officers should use ethics as a guide for making good decisions for their people and their organization. 45m
FO: Public Education Programs This course is designed to educate and aid the incumbent company officer as well as those firefighters who aspire to become a company office on the importance of effective Public Fire Education. This course will show company officers the importance of leading the way by embracing public fire and life-safety education programs to reduce death and injury from preventable fires. 45m
FO: Information Management This course covers the importance of good data collection for the fire service regarding fire incidents. It also discusses the positive impact that the company officer can have on the accuracy and validity of data entered into NFIRS. The scope of this course is to help you develop a knowledge and understanding of some of the history in the development of fire service data collection. It will also expose you to some of the most recent efforts to improve the quality of fire service data, data that is critical to fire departments and the fire service in the effort to reduce fire-related deaths, injuries and property losses from preventable fires. 45m