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.
Textbooks and Materials
- Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer, 5th Ed. (2014)
IFSTA - Item #36530
Not available at the CSU Bookstore
Kurt started as a career industrial firefighter for Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 1974. He promoted through the ranks to Fire Chief in 1996. In 2003, he was hired as the Fire Science Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor for Colorado Mountain College (CMC), Edwards, Colorado. In 2013, he retired from CMC to be closer to his grandchildren in Fort Collins. While working as a career firefighter and an educator, he also served as a volunteer firefighter for 44+ years, and recently retired as Deputy Chief for the Gypsum Fire Protection District in Gypsum, Colorado. In September 2016, he was hired as the Interim Fire Chief for the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Eagle, CO while they completed a search for a permanent chief. He was a guest instructor for the Duneland School of Emergency Response (1999-2007, Chesterton, Indiana), the Front Range Flammable Liquids School (2003-2012, Commerce City, CO), and the Annual Industrial Fire School, Texas A & M University (2005-2017, College Station Texas.) He has been an Adjunct Instructor for Colorado State University’s Fire and Emergency Services Administration Bachelor Degree Program since 2013, teaching FESA 330, 336, 341, 342, 438, 441, and 442. He attended the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Conference (National Fire Academy) from 2003 to 2014 and is a Life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association. Kurt has earned degrees from Indiana Vocational Technical College, Purdue University, and Southern Illinois University.