Each of the assignments from Unit I through Unit VI are designed to draw on your imagination to think creatively on different real-world problems that many executive fire administrators may face in their position. These real-world problems will range from emergency incidents, budgetary issues, personnel issues, issues with policy and procedures, leadership issues, and other problems.
During each unit, you are expected to analyze and respond to specific situations that your fire department may face as the executive fire administrator. Even though there may be multiple problems, you should focus your analysis on identifying one or two key concerns. You should look at why these concerns exist, how they impact the fire department, and who is responsible for them, and then you should identify possible solutions. Each response will need to be comprised of plausible actions, concepts, or inventions to solve the real-world problems based on course readings, discussions, outside research, and your experience.
Throughout each unit, you will play the role of an executive fire administrator who was just selected as the community’s fire department chief. Click here to refer to the addendum for each of your unit assignments.
During each unit, you will prepare a well-organized narrative consisting of specific responses to a vexing problem or burden. Each assignment is designed to draw on your imagination to think creatively on potential concerns within the Washington Fire Department. You should look at fire administration in a holistic way. The holistic way of thinking is significantly different from thinking in isolation or just examining one part of a problem. Looking at something in a holistic way is seeing the big picture as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
For this assignment, you will complete a response to the scenario-based case study. Click here to view the Unit I scenario-based case study. (Click here to access a PDF version of the presentation.) The assignment will be a three-page narrative focusing on arguments that support what the authors are discussing in this unit’s reading assignments as well as other research that you conducted.
As you review the material in the textbook, the background, and scenario-based case study, make sure you address the issues listed below.
Discuss leadership goals that must be accomplished to implement the conclusion from the aforementioned scenario-based case study concerning the importance of a good working relationship with others.
What cooperative leadership preference would help firefighters support the physical fitness program? How would this preference affect your actions necessary to complete the change process? Give several examples.
If you are stronger in one preference, describe how you would select and incorporate people with the other preference into your implementation process of a physical fitness program.
Discuss the importance of a policy supporting the fitness program and ensuring that it occurs as scheduled each shift for 1 hour.
Discuss why it would be important for fire and emergency services (FES) leaders to have a good working relationship with public officials, other agencies, and the community.
Describe the skills required for an effective FES leader to develop a cooperative relationship with fire and emergency management personnel as well as other agencies and the community.
Describe the leadership style that would most benefit the FES leader in the situation discussed.
Discuss how to gather feedback from staff members and peers as a part of the decision-making process.
Discuss how to engage political groups and individuals, unions, and the public to support your decision-making process.
You must include at least three sources, one of which can be from one of your textbooks and one of which should come from the CSU Online Library to supplement your discussion and support your conclusions. Aside from the textbooks, all sources should be from reputable, reliable journal articles, case studies, scholarly papers, and other sources that you feel are pertinent. All sources used, including the textbooks, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations in proper APA style.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION: MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP PRACTICES
L. CHARLES SMEBY, JR., MIFIREE