New Fire Chief – Challenging Issues

NFA096 – 11.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

NFA logoThis 2-day course address critical knowledge and skills pertaining to the responsibilities of a fire chief; the nature of local politics and the fire chief’s role in local politics; and liability and risk management issues and resources available to help the new fire chief meet his/ her responsibilities. 


Incident Command System ICS-100 and ICS-200. 

Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.

Course Completion Requirements

Participants Must Provide

A photo identification on the first day of class. See the TEEX Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.

Laptop or tablet to view student manual and exercises. 

Attendance Requirements

To meet NFA attendance requirements, participants must complete each training module and successfully complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and pass the end of course exam to receive course completion.  During the course, your instructor will review any additional requirements. 

ICS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS)

ICS-800 National Response Framework

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Explain the fire chief’s scope of duties.
  • Explain how a successful fire chief navigates the local political environment to effectively influence public policy.
  • Explain the fire chief’s role in identifying and minimizing the legal liabilities of the organization/ jurisdiction.
  • Describe resources available to them in the performance of their official duties.

Suggested Audience

The primary audience is the new chief in volunteer or combination departments. The secondary audience includes new career fire chiefs in larger departments, department leaders who may become fire chiefs, and local government administrators and elected officials who are involved in the administration of a fire department. 

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)

Other Information

To request this class in your jurisdiction or department, please use the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) Extension Course Request Form. ESTI Extension Course Request

Contact Information

Emergency Services Training Institute
Phone: (979) 845-7641 | Toll-Free: (866) 878-8900
Email: [email protected]