Course Summary
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10 days (61 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 Public Safety


The course objective is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to manage fiscal activities related to the fire/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
  • 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 knowledge of basic budget processes by identifying governmental budget types, recognizing budget terms, and interpreting a budget report
  • Identify the need for, costs of, and gains related to the fire/ emergency medical services (EMS) system of various types of alternative revenue sources They will demonstrate how to develop these sources and explain why they have become necessary
  • 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
  • Demonstrate mastery of the essential objectives of the course by incorporating lessons learned into an outcome-based presentation to an elected body

General Topics:

  • Planning
  • Presentation
  • Data analysis
  • Program analysis
  • Budget management
  • Alternative funding
  • Council presentation
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Presentations
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials