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The basic and advanced institutes are:

  • A series of one-week (face to face) or hybrid (part face to face and part online) courses
  • Face to face sessions generally held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Delivered at WOU or at a training site near you

To register for a course

  • Call to Register (503) 838-8690 or 1-800-451-5767 (Option 2)

Course work is upper-division with content equal to that presented in an 11-week academic quarter and is designed to meet the professional enrichment needs of fire service administrators. Each course includes an individual field project.

Credit is also awarded for individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in Fire Services Administration.

Successful completion of the seven Basic and Advanced Institute courses leads to certificates of recognition from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

State agencies outside of Oregon may offer similar certificates.

Calendar of courses

Basic & Advanced Institute Courses
Course Course Title Sponsor Dates Location

FSA 445

3 cr

Psychology of Organizational Leadership
Sep 16-18, 2013

Jackson Co FD 3,

White City OR


3 cr

Master Planning for Emergency Services

Jan 2014 TBA


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Basic Institute course descriptions

FSA 307 Emergency Service Delivery, 3 credits

Milti-agency planning, deployment, and operations as they relate to multi-alarm incidents, target hazards, and major disasters.

FSA 309 Fire Inspection and Investigation, 3 credits

Comprehensive look at prevention, inspection, investigation, and enforcement issues from a senior officer perspective.

FSA 311 Principles of Fire Protection Management, 3 credits

An investigation of management and supervisory responsibilities including motivation, discipline, human relations, training, communications, followership, leadership, planning, and management/employee relations.

FSA 313 Fire Personnel Management, 3 credits

Develops a perspective on specific personnel functions including planning personnel needs and human resource development, job analysis, selection, promotions and labor-management negotiations involved in fire administration units.

FSA 315 Organization for Fire Protection, 3 credits

Develops an understanding of fire department organization including fire defenses and insurance ratings and organization of fire suppression and prevention, and the fire department and the municipality.

FSA 317 Fiscal Management in Fire Protection, 3 creditsExamines resource allocation, operations planning, expenditures and productivity, and the overal budget process.

FSA 319 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection, 3 credits

Federal and state laws; codes and ordinances; legal responsibilities of fire service agencies; liabilities and civil law; enforcement procedures and police powers are discussed.

FSA 399 Selected Topics in Fire Administration, 3 credits

Various topics relative to current issues in the fire service.

(These courses are not included for the DPSST basic institute certificate)

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Advanced Institute course descriptions

FSA 411 Management Information Systems, 3 credits

Topics include computer terminology, types and applications as well as decision making involved in purchasing and evaluating a system.

FSA 415 Local Government Administration/Community Politics, 3 credits

Local politics and political economic processes, policy and decision making processes, and local government budgetary systems.

FSA 417 Advanced Fiscal Management, 3 credits

Topics include laws relating to public agency budgeting, formulating a mission statement, goals and objectives, analyzing productivity, preparing a budget, the hearing process, and quarterly allotments.

FSA 419 Advanced Legal Aspects of Fire Protection, 3 credits

Topics include the fire executive's role in dealing with lawsuits, court cases, legislation and fire department legal responsibilities.

FSA 421 Master Planning for Emergency Services, 3 credits

Major emergency planning, implementation of objectives and review of programs are among the topic areas.

FSA 423 Labor Management Relations, 3 credits

Topics include relations between union and management, labor negotiations, grievance handling and written agreements.

PSY 445 Organizational Psychology, 4 credits

Psychology applied to work settings including: organizational development, communication, motivation, stress, conflict, and coping.

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