These classes were developed to prepare students academically for these roles, and to help them succeed when required to take written certification examinations. Each course is eight weeks long, and involves weekly written assignments, quizzes, and tests. Class Discussions dealing with real-world personnel issues offer students the opportunity to present their ideas on how to properly handle these incidents, based on applicable laws and regulations.
The courses were developed by fire service leaders, along with Colorado State University, and have been very successful preparing students for the written certification process with a 90% + pass rate reported back to the program. These classes are presented entirely online and are asynchronous. You can complete the work on your schedule from anywhere that has access to the internet.
Fire Officer II courses (FESA 441 & FESA 442) run in the spring term and Fire Officer I courses (FESA 341 & 342) run in the fall term.
For more information, please contact Rebekah Pichotta, FESA Academic Advisor, by email or phone.
This course can be applied toward:
FESA 341 (Fire Officer I-A) with a grade of C or better.
Randy Callahan started his fire career in 1979. He has diverse experiences which include volunteer, industrial, combination, and career fire departments. Originally from Michigan, Randy spent twenty-three years at Poudre Fire Authority (PFA) in Fort Collins, Colorado. During his time at PFA, he served as a firefighter, driver/operator, captain, and shift battalion chief. He retired as PFA’s Training Chief in 2017 where he was responsible for training, education, and certification programs for PFA employees.
With a commitment to lifelong learning, Randy has earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies from California State University – Long Beach (2009), a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University – Global Campus (2013), and a Chief Fire Officer Credential – Center for Public Safety Excellence (2016).
Since his retirement from PFA, Randy has served as Interim Fire Chief for Boulder Rural Fire Rescue, next to Boulder Colorado, and as Interim Fire Chief for Colorado River Fire Rescue on the western slope of Colorado. In each of these roles, Randy assisted in finding permanent fire chiefs for the respective agency.