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Chief Officer Program
The Chief Officer Program (COP) is a collaborative initiative between UW Oshkosh and the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association (WSFCA) designed to provide officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration.
The target audience of the program is officers in the fire industry and firefighters and emergency response personnel who desire to become officers.
Through six educational courses, the COP framework helps senior officers to strengthen their communication and leadership skills and gain a better understanding of public administration in fire and emergency services.
Chief Officer Program Curriculum
The program helps leaders develop sound critical thinking and problem solving sills, oral and written communication skills, and knowledge in the areas of human resource management, fiscal management, and community risk assessment.
Participants will learn a variety of leadership and management skills through the six-course program. Each course consists of one weekend class of work, along with some reading and preparation before the weekend and some online work after.
- Course 1: Speech Communication
- Course 2: Improving your writing
- Course 3: Leadership in the public sphere
- Course 4: Personnel administration
- Course 5: The budget process
- Course 6: Risk management and strategic planning