Course

Course Summary
Credit Type:
Course
ACE Course Number:
NNFA-0061
Organization Course Number:
R/N0333
Location:
Classroom-based
Length:
10 days (61 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Graduate 3 Emergency Medical Services, Fire Administration, Public Administration, or Emergency Management
Description

Objective:

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:

80%
Supplemental Materials