National Fire Academy Offers New Managing Officers' Program

The United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) announces a new training program aimed at improving the professional skills of America’s fire and emergency medical services first responders.

Called the Managing Officer (MO) program, the curriculum emphasizes leadership, safety, community risk reduction, training, and technology for those men and women who may be embarking on supervisory roles in their organization.

The MO program differs from other NFA programs by providing new officers a defined nationally-recognized curriculum. Students will be able to complete the program in as little as two years, and will receive a NFA capstone certificate when they finish.

NFA Superintendent Dr. Denis Onieal explained, “The MO program will fulfill the four universal elements of professional development: higher education, training and certification, continuing education and experience. This includes a combination of self-study, state and local training, and resident courses at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.”

The program curriculum and entrance requirements were established by the NFA Board of Visitors. The four resident courses include Contemporary Training Concepts for Fire and EMS, Applications of Community Risk Reduction, Transitional Safety Leadership and Analytical Tools for Decision-Making.

For additional information, refer to the Managing Officer website at: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfa/managing_officer_program/index.shtm

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