Fire Administration Major (B.S.)
The Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration program will prepare professional firefighters and emergency services personnel for advancement and managerial roles and further Liberty University's Mission of preparing champions for Christ. The program will provide the academic foundations for administration and leadership of fire service organizations. Such organizations require capable leaders with advanced administrative skills. The curriculum utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to develop a broad knowledge base that will enhance critical and strategic thinking and thus equip students to become highly qualified leaders in their chosen career field capable of impacting the world.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Evaluate administration and organizational management in fire service settings.
- Analyze human resources and personnel management in fire service organizations.
- Apply principles necessary for fire protection and prevention.
- Integrate Christian World view principles into ethical and legal decision making in a fire service context.
Delivery Format: Online Only
This course emphasizes diverse fire protection subject areas, including fire prevention and safety, public education, building construction, recognition of hazards, prevention of fires, inspection techniques and protection and suppression systems. Special emphasis to include understanding fire characteristics and the structural consequences of fire; risk assessment and management as applied to places where people are assembled and endangered by fire.
This course will examine the American Legal system and provide in-depth coverage of the political, social, and legal issues impacting fire service administration. The course emphasizes the legal responsibilities, liabilities, and authorities of the fire service professional.
A human resources management overview applied to fire and emergency service organizations. Theory, policies, procedures, and practices related to the management of publicly employed emergency personnel are distinguished. Analysis of human resource administration including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management, discipline, and collective bargaining, and effectively dealing with ethical issues.
This course demonstrates the skills necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department. The course prepares students to assume administrative positions within fire and emergency service organizations and examines roles and responsibilities of administrators, management and leadership theory and practices, and common fire and emergency service administrative structures and processes.
This course covers supervisory skills and practices necessary to lead in fire service organizations. Topics include the theory, practice, and application of ethical leadership in public safety; and activities to develop personal ethics and leadership skills and abilities.
This capstone course requires students to demonstrate mastery of the curriculum learned throughout the entire program. The course integrates the functional areas of fire and emergency services administration including: management, public health, public administration, budgeting, planning, decision making, legal issues, ethics, and dealing with the political environment. Students will choose a topic or issue from several central themes and will then draw upon a wide variety of sources and other disciplines to demonstrate the ability to apply what they have learned to address a realistic situation or problem.