Course Summary
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10 days (61 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Graduate 3 Emergency Medical Services, Fire Administration, Public Administration, or Emergency Management


The course objective is to develop the participant's skills, knowledge, and ability to manage fiscal activities related to the fire or rescue service organization and community.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the key elements of the Fire Service Financial Management (FSFM) course, relate them to fire/emergency medical services (EMS) financial management competencies, and become familiar with their fellow students and course activities in order to learn those competencies
  • Explain the advantage of using outcomes to assess budget process strengths and weaknesses in terms of goals, socioeconomic influences, political factors, and justification strategies
  • Recognize the importance of program analysis, understand the use of appropriate evaluation tools, differentiate differing decision-making styles, and understand where political influence can affect decision-making, all which have a direct effect on a fiscal manager's ability to manage an emergency services agency's various programs
  • Identify the need for, costs of, and gains related to the fire/ emergency medical services (EMS) system of various types of alternative revenue sources
  • Demonstrate mastery of the essential objectives of the course by incorporating lessons learned into an outcome-based presentation to an elected body
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic budget processes by identifying governmental budget types, recognizing budget terms, and interpreting a budget report
  • Describe the importance of using outcomes as the key basis for the planning of, development of, and presentation to elected officials of an emergency services agency budget
  • Recognize the importance of data analysis, understand the impact of economic trends, and develop an awareness of outside agency standards, all which have a direct effect on a fiscal manager's ability to manage an emergency services agency budget
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze financial documents and purchasing options for adjustments and efficiencies and apply these skills in an ethical and lawful manner
  • Demonstrate how to develop these sources and explain why they have become necessary

General Course Topics:

  • Fundamentals, planning, presentation, data analysis, program analysis, budget management, and alternative funding
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • pre-course assignments, graded activities, and group activities

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials