Fire Prevention Management

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Fire Prevention Management Fall 2018 Textbook Information Form

Course description

This course is a required or elective in the Certificate in Fire Service Administration
Prerequisite: None

Unit One: Managing the Fire Prevention Function

This unit provides an overview of management functions in Fire Prevention. These functions are no different than any other management activity: planning; organizing, directing, controlling and evaluating.

Unit Two: Overview of Fire Prevention

This Unit provides an overview of the environment of the five service department’s fire prevention division. That environment includes: the insurance industry, the federal and provincial governments, local government, building representatives and the fire service department excluding the prevention division.

Unit Three: You as a Fire Prevention Manager

This unit concerns itself with the day to day issues confronting a fire prevention manager. Most of the attention is on maintaining effective programs rather than developing or adapting new ones. Nevertheless, much of this “maintenance” also requires thinking about the future by addressing the training of staff and adhering to the budget cycle.

Unit Four: Current Considerations in Fire Prevention

This unit introduces several recent trends of the last decade, ranging from expanded fire safety public education, the new ways of dealing with building representatives. It also includes other means to conduct inspections, from in service inspections under the responsibility of the building owner.

Unit Five: Future Trends in Fire Prevention

The future of fire prevention is already evident in the advent of performance based fire codes. The general societal trend towards deregulation has reduced the volume of rules and regulations, but in its stead is the professional judgment of the fire prevention officer. Moreover community based fire prevention may well change fire prevention officers into the facilitators of citizen involvement from being fire police.

Course author

Bryan Roach
Bryan brings a significant amount of senior level experience in fire service, emergency management and organizational management. In addition to holding separate diplomas in Business Administration and Adult Education and a degree in Public Administration (organizational behaviour); he has also studied at the Banff Centre, School of Management and holds a certificate in Managing Fire Services from the International City Management Association. He is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and holds a variety of other managerial and technical certificates.

Bryan commenced his 25 year full-time fire service career as a fire fighter and help a variety of progressively responsible positions including; assistant fire chief, deputy fire chief, fire chief, and coordinator of emergency programs. He has also been a member of a corporate senior leadership team with multiple responsibilities. He has conducted organizational reviews resulting in the implementation of improvement orientated recommendations, and has given many presentations on a variety of emergency response, human resources and management topics.

He spent many years as a curriculum developer, distance education tutor and site instructor with the Fire Academy, Justice Institute of British Columbia. He also sat on the executive and participated as a member of many provincial fire service organizations. Bryan is co-author of the Dalhousie University Fire Service Strategic Planning I course and has developed and written curriculum and is a part-time instructor for other post secondary education facilities. He facilitated the development, and wrote the first comprehensive Strategic Plan for Kamloops Fire & Rescue Services, a twenty-four month project on which he worked full time for one year. He also actively participated in the development and implementation of the strategic plan for the Halifax International Airport Authority.