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FESA 432 - Fire and Emergency Services Budgeting

  • 3 credits

Application of emergency service budgeting systems with emphasis on revenues, public financial controls, capital funding and performance measures. This course emphasizes the critical linkages of organizational performance measures and outcomes to the budgetary process. Students will learn how different budget systems are employed, the various sources of municipal revenues, and methodologies for costing out various levels of service.


FESA 333 (Proposals/Reports in Fire Service Management); FESA 336 (Fire and Emergency Services Administration)


David Wolf

David Wolf is the Fire Chief with Estes Valley Fire Protection District, a combination agency protecting the gateway community to Rocky Mountain National Park and its 5 million annual visitors. He serves as the Chair for the Volunteer & Combination Section of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs. Continuing his passion for applied science, he was on the technical panel for the UL FSRI Study of Fire Service Residential Home Size-Up and Search & Rescue Operations, supporting three reports that were released in 2022. Chief Wolf regularly presents on topics including leadership, instruction, budgeting, and management of combination agencies.

His fire service career started over 20 years ago as a volunteer in Pennsylvania while completing his B.S. at Allegheny College (2004). He then earned his M.S. from Washington State University (2006) and Ph.D. from Cornell University (2010), all in Geology. While in New York he served the Cayuga Heights Fire Department as an Assistant Chief and contributed as a County Fire Instructor for Tompkins County. In 2010, he moved to Houston, Texas to work for an international oil & gas company as a research scientist and exploration geologist. In Texas he served the 600 member Cy-Fair Fire Department as a station officer, board member, and ultimately managed the department’s fire training program for 350 volunteers. He earned his Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2021 and is currently working on qualification as a Certified Emergency Manager.