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FESA 438 - Prevention Program Management

  • 3 credits
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Design, implementation, and evaluation of fire and risk prevention programs using education, engineering , and enforcement approaches.

Course material covers needs assessment, staffing, budgeting, and program management and evaluation for programs including code enforcement, inspection, fire and life safety education, investigations, and other community risk reduction programs.


FESA 432 (Fire and Emergency Services Budgeting); FESA 433 (Fire and Emergency: Human Resources)


Stephen Sears

Stephen E. Sears transferred to the Forsyth County Fire Department in September 2018 for professional developmental and personal growth in seeking the full time Fire/EMS training position. He serves the department as a Georgia Level III Paramedic Instructor/Coordinator for the Emergency Medical Technicians in-house recruit program and hosts courses offered through the National Board on Fire Services Professional Qualifications, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council. Sears also holds multiple instructor certifications with the American Heart Association to include Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Prior to serving as a training instructor, Sears served as a Sergeant/Apparatus Operator in Hall County Fire Services since 2007 and completed certifications for Firefighter I & II, Airport Firefighter, Apparatus Operator: Pumper, Aerial, ARFF, Tiller, & Mobile Water Supply, Hazardous Materials: Awareness, Operations, Technician, & Incident Commander, Fire Instructor I-III, and Fire Officer I-V. Sears is currently in training for Fire Investigator and Fire Inspector I-III all to be completed March 25, 2022. He is also already registered for Plan Examiner I for April 2022.Sears is enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic.

After promoting above his peers to the rank of Staff Sergeant, he became accountable for overseeing the flight paramedics in his platoon and responsible for assisting in Military Occupational Specialty training for all flight medics in his unit at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was deployed to a combat setting during 2019-2020, in which he took the responsibility as the main medical training instructor for his unit and 13 coalition forces.