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Program Details

The Certificate in Fire Service Management from Wake Technical Community College is the study of the theoretical and conceptual techniques the fire service manager uses to effectively prepare, justify, and manage the personnel of the fire service organization. Steps in planning, analysis, problem solving, and decision-making tools are emphasized. Fire & Rescue professionals in managerial and supervisory roles are expected to be team leaders and must possess the ability to guide their staff in the achievement of department, division, or unit goals.

In today’s ever-changing work environment workforce diversity, employee retention, the impact of sociological events, and the need for strategic planning are demands placed upon those in a management role. The courses provide an overview of fire department operative services. Topics include finance, staffing, equipment, code enforcement, management information, specialized services, legal issues, planning, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to understand concepts and apply fire department management and operations principles. This program will introduce a survey of fire prevention, protection and suppression systems providing an overview of such elements as composition of fire, home fire safety, building construction, extinguishing agents, fire-fighting equipment, fire-fighting procedures, detection and protection systems, fire extinguishers and their utilization.

The courses also introduce fire prevention concepts as they relate to community and industrial operations. Topics include the development and maintenance of fire prevention programs, educational programs, and inspection programs. Upon completion, students should be able to research, develop, and present a fire safety program to citizens or industrial group. Career paths chosen by students pursuing fire technology or fire service commonly include firefighter, fire engineer, paramedic, forest service worker, health and safety officer, fire prevention specialist, fire inspector, and hazardous materials specialist.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges