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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Nassau County Fire Service Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Fire Officer


Version 1: 27 hours (9 weeks). Version 2: 30 hours (10 weeks). 

Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.

Version 1: September 2003 - March 2018. Version 2: April 2018 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define and describe traditional and non-traditional roles of the company officer, the challenges, and sources of laws and liability; discuss the phases of transition, problems and keys for successful transition, traits of effective leaders, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Herzberg's motivation-hygiene theory, and McClelland's theory of needs; discuss sources of power, principals of ethical behavior, styles of leadership, managing diversity, leadership verses management, mission, vision, goals, and objectives; discuss organizational tables, responsibilities of a manager, decision making process, types and characteristics of planning, and advantages and principals of delegation; discuss changing and updating policies and procedures, discipline, elements of communications, active listening, and formal and informal communications; discuss the company officer's role in safety, safety and health programs, causes of injuries and fatalities, signs and symptoms of stress, and critical incident stress; discuss accident investigations, size-up, incident action plans, incident priorities, priority sequence of operations, and the use of size-up techniques through practical exercises; discuss type and function of each company, personnel required for specific functions, and basic strategy and tactics; formulate strategy and tactics for specific scenarios; and perform incident management exercises. Version 2: All outcomes from Version 1, with the addition of: students will be able to: identify specific actions to be taken and describe the command structure when called upon by law enforcement officials during active shooter incidents. 


Version 1 and 2: Major topics include: assuming the role of company officer; leadership, supervision and management; fire department communications; the company officer's role in safety; emergency response and size-up; strategy and tactics for single company operations; and incident management. Instructional format includes lectures, class discussions, hands-on activities, and various scenarios.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Fire Service Administration, Fire Protection Technology, Business Management, Supervision/Administration or Strategies and Tactics (12/08) (3/13 revalidation) (4/18 revalidation) (4/23 revalidation).