Join us for our next course offering:
Course Five: Capital Budget Planning and Resource Management
August 8–10, 2014 • Camp Douglas, Wis.
Join us at Volk Field for our fifth course of the Chief Officer Program. In this course, participants will learn about budgeting and financial management in the public sector.
This course will prepare participants to:
- Understand budget basics
- Identify and differentiate between the various types of budgets
- Understand your department budget
- Differentiate between labor costs, operational costs, and capital outlay
- Understand the concept of audit readiness
- Identify the key components of a well written grant proposal
This course will be taught by Ret. Fire Chief Mitchell Waite.
Mitch is a certified EMS and Fire instructor for the Wisconsin Technical Colleges. He specializes in leadership training and development as well as organizational change and transition.
Mitch has published Fire Service Leadership: Theories and Practices; The EMS Challenge--A Call to Action; and it currently working on his next book, It's All About Leadership.
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: Relating to others through 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