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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Supervisory Training for Firefighters
Course: FSC202

First Term: 1998 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Administrative methods applied to the fire service, departmental organization, and personnel management. Includes fire alarm signaling systems, fire service planning, and relationships with other city departments

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain leadership and the theories of motivation as they relate to supervisory practices. (I)
2. Describe the disciplinary process and the disciplinary tools available to supervisors. (I)
3. Describe the guidelines and methods available to make managing and planning more effective. (II)
4. Explain the functions and importance of organization of a fire department. (III)
5. Describe the major problems that serve as barriers to effective communications. (IV)
6. Describe the major areas of management that require evaluation by fire service managers. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Scope of leadership
   A. Definition
   B. Human behavior and motivation
   C. Leadership traits and abilities
   D. Leadership styles
      1. Autocratic
      2. Laissez-faire
      3. Democratic or participative
   E. Delegation
   F. Decision making
      1. Techniques
      2. Participation
   G. Employee discipline
II. Management and planning
   A. Fire service managers
   B. Functions of management
      1. Planning
      2. Organizing
      3. Leading
      4. Evaluating
   C. Fire department objectives
   D. Fire protection standards
   E. Unique fire service problems
   F. Planning
      1. Individual
      2. Organizational
      3. Guidelines for effectiveness
      4. Preparing a plan
      5. Budgeting
III. Developing and staffing an organization
   A. Importance of organization
   B. Types of fire department organizations
      1. Municipal
      2. County
      3. Special
      4. Private
   C. The informal and formal organizations
   D. Managing organizational change
   E. Organizing an organization
      1. Unity of command
      2. Span of control
      3. Division of work
      4. Authority and responsibility
   F. Staffing
      1. Staff and line concept
      2. Staff functions
      3. Line functions
      4. Volunteer and combination departments
IV. Communications
   A. Problems
   B. Improving communications
   C. Communications outside the fire department
      1. Public opinion
         a. Forming public opinion
         b. Public opinion polls
      2. Interacting with other agencies
V. Scope of evaluations
   A. Developing standards
   B. Techniques of evaluation
   C. Management information systems
   D. Reports and records systems
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  5/26/1998

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