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The National Fire Academy’s (NFA’s) Managing Officer Program is a multiyear curriculum that introduces emerging emergency services leaders to personal and professional skills in change management, risk reduction and adaptive leadership. Acceptance into the program is the first step in your professional development as a career or volunteer fire/emergency medical services (EMS) manager, and includes all 4 elements of professional development: education, training, experience and continuing education.
The NFA will begin stakeholder focus groups and surveys in 2023 to inform an update to the Managing Officer Program curriculum. Check this page for updates on completion of the stakeholder activity and when you can apply.
The stakeholder activity doesn't impact students already accepted into the program. Current students should follow the program completion information, below.
Contact: Tina Crevier, Managing Officer Program Administrator
|Prerequisites 1||First-year on-campus courses2||Second-year on-campus courses2||Additional course requirements3|
|Introduction to Emergency Response to Terrorism (Q0890)||Applications of Community Risk Reduction (R0385)||Training and Professional Development Challenges for Fire and Emergency Services Leaders (R0389)||Leadership in Supervision (R/N0645) (6-Day) OR a total of 6 days of coursework from:|
|ICS-100, Introduction to ICS for Operational First Responders (Q0462)||Applications of Leadership in the Culture of Safety (R0388)||Analytical Tools for Decision-Making (R0387)|
|ICS-200, Basic NIMS ICS for Operational First Responders (Q0463)|
|IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction|
|IS-800.c, National Response Framework, An Introduction|
The Managing Officer Program Capstone Project allows you to apply concepts learned in the program toward the solution of a problem in your home district.
You and the chief of your department (or equivalent in nonfire organizations) must meet to identify a problem and its scope and limitations. The scope of the project should be appropriate to your responsibilities and duties in the organization, and it should be appropriate to the Managing Officer Program. Possible subjects include:
Before initiating the project, you must submit the Managing Officer Program Capstone Project Proposal form to the Managing Officer Program Administrator. This form indicates the title of the project, projected outcomes, and how it will be evaluated or measured. This form must be approved by the Program Administrator for your project to go forward.
When the project is completed, your chief must sign the Certification Statement form and complete the Capstone Evaluation form. Keep this documentation until you have completed all of the components of the Managing Officer Program. After completion, put this documentation and a copy of your final Capstone project with your Managing Officer course completion and graduation paperwork.
Email the following items in 1 PDF file to the Managing Officer Program Administrator:
The Capstone Paper is approved and signed by your department's representative but the NFA reserves the right to conduct an independent evaluation of your Capstone Project.
NFA will mail the Managing Officer Program certificate to your address for you to provide to your department.