Fire Officer 1 - Hybrid Online/Face-to-Face format

Classroom dates: 
October 9-12, 2023

Online dates: 
October 13 - November 17, 2023

For recently promoted officers or firefighters with at least five years of experience who are working toward promotion. 

This class conforms to the NFPA standard for Fire Officer. In addition to the standard curriculum, this class will stress decision-making skills, professionalism, critical thinking, communication, team building, human resources issues, and transitioning from peer to officer. The online part of the class will also teach you valuable skills about communicating and teaching in a modern, electronic world. Forty hours will be spent in class at BGSU during the week of October 9-12 and an orientation to the online class site will be conducted during the face-to-face instructional time. The online portion of the class will begin on October 13 and will conclude by November 17.

Special Requirements
Candidates must hold a valid certificate to practice as a firefighter issued under section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) or equivalent; have at least five years of experience in the fire service; have completed ICS 100 and ICS 200.

Required Textbook
You must purchase and bring Fire Officer Principles and Practice from IAFC and NFPA, Third Edition (Enhanced), published by Jones and Bartlett. Workbook is optional.

Lead Instructor
Chris Niswander, Chief (retired), Monroe Twp. FD   


"I have been in the fire service a long, long time. I have attended so many seminars, classes and online events that they have all blurred together. This class will not be part of that "blur." Because of the knowledge, skills, professionalism and sincerity of the professors, this class will stand out in my memory as one of the most valuable and informative classes I have ever attended."

~Doug Baumgartner,  Lt./ Shift Commander, City of Moraine Fire Division

Updated: 06/13/2023 12:40PM