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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Captain's Development Course (MNG 302)


Version 1: 40 hours (1 week). Version 2: 105 hours (15 days). Version 3: 160 hours (4 weeks). Version 4: 175 hours (5 weeks). 

New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island.

Version 1: May 2004 - March 2007. Version 2: April 2007 - December 2009. Version 3: January 2010 - June 2016. Version 4: July 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: achieve the goals of the department; discuss the dynamics of leadership; and supervise subordinates as to the best course of action in various emergency and non emergency situations. Version 4: Students will be able to: apply classroom lessons to function safely and efficiently as Company commander (Captain) and as Acting Battalion Chief both administratively and at fires and emergencies; effectively operate various department communication devices; strategically deploy fire companies at fires and emergencies; recognize and mitigate developing dangerous situations; function as Resource Unit Leader; utilize the Electronic Fireground Accountablity System (EFAS); become certified in several areas, including: Incident Command System, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) course Emergency Response to Terrorism; operate at terrorist incidents; discuss the working of the automatic fire alarm panel and automatic sprinkler systems; explain the utility system infrastructure and operate safely at utility emergencies and fire; describe operation of the Full Operational Capability (FOC) and how it relates to jobs in the field. Students also develop a working understanding of building construction and possible effects on field operations. In an administrative capacity, students effectively conduct various duties of a company commander; carry out administrative duties of a Battalion Chief; conduct effective building inspections and maintain accurate building records; enter responses into the NYFIRS system; withdraw information from the MIRS system; complete four 10-hour days of mentoring and ride alongs with an experienced chief in various parts of the city; and discuss leadership principles and apply them to routine and emergency operations. 


Version 1 and 2: Major topics include: concerns of an acting battalion chief; command and control; fire ground/administration; various incident command scenarios; fire ground communication; inter-agency protocols; hazmat overview; Special Operations Command; safety/building construction; leadership; weapons of mass destruction; and terrorism awareness. Version 3 and 4: Same as Version 1 and 2, addit ionally building Inspection process; sprinkler and alarm panels; NIST smoke movement study, expanding ops; high rise operations; use of statistics; counseling and conflict of interest.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fire Administration or Tactics and Strategies (12/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fire Administration and 2 semester hours in General Fire Science (11/07). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Fire Service Administration, Fire Service Management, and 3 semester hours in Fire Science, or Strategies and Tactics (6/11 revalidation). Version 4: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 8 semester hours, distributed as follows: 4 semester hours in Fire Service Administration, Fire Service Management AND 4 semester hours in Fire Science or Strategies and Tactics (7/16 revalidation) (6/21 revalidation).