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Fire Service Strategic Planning I

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Course Description

Prerequisite: Five courses in the Certificate in Fire Service Administration
There are two objectives for this course. The first is that you, as student, learn the principles and practice of strategic planning. The second is that you demonstrate that knowledge to the course instructor. You must be happy that you understand what strategic planning is all about, then, with confidence, work on your assignments and prove your gain in knowledge!

Unit 1: Learning Objectives

During this first unit, consider the whole idea of planning and specifically the difference (if any?) between planning a response to a particular type of incident and strategic planning as suggested in the material. The main objectives of Unit 1 of the course are to help you to:

  • explain the composition of a fire protection system;
  • understand what is meant by strategic planning;
  • describe the need for a strategic plan; and
  • explain the process and procedures included in the pre-planning phase.

Unit 2: Learning Objectives

The main objectives of Unit 2 of the course are to help you to:

  • identify the primary procedural steps included in the planning phase;
  • describe the composition and tasks to be performed in each procedural step; and
  • draft the outline of a strategic plan based upon data available for your own community.

Unit 3: Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • identify the primary procedural steps included in the planning phase;
  • describe the composition and tasks to be performed in each procedural step; and
  • draft the outline of a strategic plan based upon parameters provided from a case study.

Unit 4: Learning Objectives

The main objectives of Unit 4 of the course are to help you to:

  • identify the procedures necessary for obtaining approval of the strategic plan;
  • explain the procedures necessary to execute the strategic plan;
  • describe the results achieved after the strategic plan has been implemented; and
  • understand the management skills and concepts needed to monitor progress and 
  • ensure that the strategic plan is indeed implemented.

Unit 5: Learning Objectives

The main objectives of Unit 5 of the course are to help you to:

  • recognize the feedback or cyclic nature of strategic planning;
  • understand the management skills and concepts needed to evaluate whether the plan is working;
  • identify the benchmarks against which the strategic plan performance can be measured;
  • explain the role of training and disaster simulation or exercises; and
  • describe the corrective measures that must be taken in case of problems.

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.

Instructor

Testimonial

    “The Fire Service Administration program provides incredible insight and learning that students can immediately apply to their work environment, immediately making an impact to their community. Highly recommend this for all fire service personnel who aspire to further their careers into officer and administrative positions, regardless of the size of your department.”

Deputy Fire Chief Michael Moore, Creston Fire Rescue BC