Fire Officer: Principles and practices 3rd Edition Terms

Knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA)
The traits required for every classified position within the municipality. Are defined by a narrative job description and technical class specification.
Job description
A narrative summary of the scope of a job. It provides examples of the typical task
Class specification
A technical worksheet that quantifies the knowledge, skills, and abilities by frequency and importance for every classified job within the local civil service agency.
Job-content/ criterion- referenced validity
A type of validity obtained through the use of a technical committee of job incumbents who certify that the knowledge being measured is required on the job and referenced to known standards.
Reliability
Is a characteristic where a test measures what it is intended to measure on a consistent basis
Assessment centers
A series of simulation exercise to identify a candidates competency to perform the job that is offered in the promotional examination
In basket exercise
A promotional examination component in which the candidate deals with correspondence and related items that have accumulated in the fire officers in basket.
Administrative fire officer
I AFC description of a person who has worked as a managing fire officer for 3 to 5 years, is certified at the NFPA fire officer 3 level, and has accomplished formal education equivalent to a bachelors degree.
National fire incident reporting system (NFIRS)
A nationwide database at the national fire data center under the US fire administration that collects fire related data in an effort to provide information on the national fire problem.
Chronological statement of events
A detailed account of the fire company activities as related to an incident or accident.
Informal communication
Internal memo, emails, instant messages, and computer aided dispatch/mobile data terminal messages. They have short life and may not be archived as permanent records
Formal communication
An official fire department document printed on business stationery with the fire department letterhead.
Standard operating procedures (SOPs)
Written organizational directives that established or prescribed specific operational or administrative methods to be followed routinely for the performance of designated operations or action.
Standard operating guidelines (SOGs)
Written organizational directives that identify a desired goal and describe the general path to accomplish the goal, including critical task or cautions.
General order
Formal documents that addresses specific subject, policies, condition, or situation.
interrogatory
A series of written questions asked by someone from an opposite legal party
Recommendation report
A document that suggest a particular action or decision
Social media
A continual changing utilization of the digital communications in which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, speedy is, pictures, and other content
Risk-benefit analysis
A decision made by a responder based on a hazard and situational assessment that weighs the risk likely to be taken against the benefit to be gained for taking those risks
Incident safety officer
A designated individual at the emergency scene who performs a set of duties and responsibilities that are specified in NFPA 1521
Safety unit
A member or members assigned to assist the incident safety officer; the tactical level management unit that can be composed of the incident safety officer alone or with additional assistance safety officers assigned to assist in providing the level of safety and supervision appropriate for the magnitude of the incident and the associated hazard.
Risk management
The identification and analysis of exposure to hazardous, selection of appropriate risk management techniques to handle exposures, implementation of chosen techniques, and monitoring of results, with respect to the health and safety of members
Scientific management
The breakdown of work task into constituent elements. The timing of each element is based on repeated stop watch studies; the fixing of a piece rate compensation based on those studies; standardization of work tasks on detailed instruction cards; and generally, the systematic consolidation of the shop floors brain work
Theory X
Manager believes that people do not like to work, so consequently they need to be closely watched in controlled
Theory Y
Manager has an entirely different view of employee creativity and motivation
Hierarchy of needs
description of human needs as a pyramid or ladder that starts with a psychological needs and ends with the self actualization
Human resource planning
The process of having the right number of people in the right place at the right time who can accomplish a task efficiently and effectively.
Staffing
The process of tracking, selecting, and maintaining an adequate supply of labor.
Human resources development
Includes all attendees to train and educate the employees
Performance management
The process of setting performance standards and evaluating performance against those standards.
Followship
The act or condition of following the leader; adherence. The characteristic that leaders can be effective only to the extent that followers are willing to except their leadership.
Power
Is it Capacity of one party to influence another party
Equity theory
Motivational theory in which people evaluate the outcomes they receive for their inputs and compare them with the outcomes others receive for their inputs
Expectancy theory
Motivational theory in which people act in a manner that they believe lead to an outcome that they value.
Training
The process of achieving proficiency through the instruction and hands-on practice in the operation of equipment and systems that are expected to be used in the performance of the assigned duties.
Coaching
A method of directing, instructing, and training a person or group of people with the aim of achieving some goal or developing special skills
Job instruction training
A systematic for step approach to training firefighters in the basic job skill; 1) prepare the firefighter to learn, 2) demonstrate how the job is done, 3) try them out by letting them do their job, and 4) gradually put them on their own
Mentoring
A developmental relationship in which a more experienced person, or mentor, helps a less experienced person, referred to as a protégé
Professional development
Refers to skills and knowledge attained for both personal development and career advancement
Education
The process of repairing knowledge or skill through systematic instruction
Accreditation
In higher educationis defined as collegial process based on self and peer assessment for public accountability and improvement of academic quality
Work improvement plan
A written document that is part of a special been waiting period. The plan identifies performance deficiencies and Leslie improvement in performance or changes in behavior required to obtain a satisfactory evaluation
Personal bias
And evaluation error that occurs when the evaluators perspective skews the evaluation such that the classified job knowledge, skills, and abilities or not appropriately evaluated
Recency
An evaluation error in which the firefighter is evaluated only on incidents that occurred in the last few weeks, rather than on the events that occured throughout the evaluation period
Collective-bargaining
A method whereby representatives of employees and employers determined the conditions of employment through direct negotiations; since negotiations normally result in a written contract setting forth the wages, hours, and other conditions to be observed for a stipulated period
Shop steward
A union member who is appointed or elected to be the first line of labor representation at the workplace
Mediation
The intervention of a neutral third-party in and industrial dispute
Yellow dog contracts
Pledges that employers required workers to sign indicating that they would not join a union as long as a company employed
Union labor practices
Employers or unions practices forbidden by the National Labor Relations Board or state/local laws, subject to court appeal.
Political action committee (PAC)
A special interest group that can solicit funding and lobby local and national elected officials on the half of it’s cause
Investigation
A detailed inquiry for systematic examination
Plot plan
Provide a representation of the exterior of the structure, identifying site access, doors, utility access, and any special considerations or hazards
Floor plan
Are interior use of a building
Fuel load
Refers to the total quantity of all combustible products found within a room or space
Authority having jurisdiction
NFPA documents to refer to an organization, office, or individual responding for enforcing the requirement of a code or standard, or for proving equipment, materials, and installation, or a procedure.
Mini/max codes
Mean that local jurisdiction do not have the option of adopting more restrictive regulations
Ordinance
A law enacted by an authorized subdivision of a state, such as a city, county, or town.
Model codes
Documents developed by a standard developing organization, such as NFPA, and made available for adoption by authorities having jurisdiction
Base budget
The level of funding that would be required to maintain all services at the current authorized levels, including adjustment for inflation in salary increases
Supplemental budget
Proposed increases in spending to provide additional services