New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience
FDNY Mental Performance Initiative (MPI) Performance Leader Course (MNG 310)
June 2017 - Present.
Upon successful completion of this learning experience, students will possess an understanding of five central human performance themes and describe the physiological and psychological response to operational stress; discuss cognitive function and decision-making under stress; explain tactical fitness practices (mobility, breathwork and recovery) that enhance performance; demonstrate mental skills and effective stress inoculation practices; discuss what FDNY history and personal experiences suggest about the psychology of risk and resilience; educate other members on how individuals are impacted physiologically, psychologically, and cognitively by operational stress at fires and emergencies; conduct a tactical three-dimensional (tactical, physical, and mental) training drill with emphasis on the mental component; lead an after-action tactical performance review that objectively identifies how individuals were impacted by operational stress and subsequently functioned under pressure; and evaluate and recommend unit and organizational level changes to tactics, techniques, procedures, and processes based on an enhanced understanding of human performance.
Instruction: Major topics taught in this course include: human factors at fires and emergencies; the bullet-proof mind: psychological preparation for high-risk operations; how changing your mind changes your performance; tactical fitness for enhanced performance at fires and emergencies; life as sport – what top athletes can teach us about how to win in life; what biometrics tell us about operational stress and optimal performance; human factors research in high-risk endeavors; understanding cognitive function at fires and emergencies; mental skills tactical stress inoculation workshop; and personal reflections in risk and resilience. Prerequisite: All FDNY MPI Performance Course attendees are leaders who are well respected by their peers, superiors, and subordinates. They have demonstrated tactical proficiency at fires and emergencies as well as the ability to positively influence and develop the members of their respective units. They are persons of character who are firm in their convictions but possess an open mind and curiosity about human performance. Selected leaders possess a spirt of generosity with their knowledge and display a desire to improve the FDNY.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fire Services Administration, Management or Leadership (6/22).