COTC 5/16 - 5/19

Chief Officer Training Course: Community Risk Reductions and Operations
May 16 - 19, 2013
8 am - 5 pm
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control will be rolling out the third class for the National Fire Academy Chief Officer Training Course. This NFA certificate program is 160 hours in duration and will be delivered in blocks during the National Fire Academy Weekends or as demand dictates.
COTC: Target Audience 
The target audience is composed of those officers who have recently moved from being in charge of several responding sections within a station (possibly over multiple shifts) to being responsible for commanding a variety of units from multiple stations. In their new roles, the newly promoted chief officer would be responsible for strategic decision-making at incidents, leaving the tactical decision-making to lower-level officers. In career departments, this newly appointed chief officer might often be at the battalion chief level. In a volunteer or combination volunteer and career department, the newly appointed chief officer would not typically be referred to as a battalion chief, but may have another rank such as captain or lieutenant. 
COTC: Curriculum Structure 
The COTC curriculum includes four distinct courses of instruction: Leadership, Human Resource Development, Community Risk Reduction, and Operations for a newly promoted chief officer.
Total Contact Hours = 160
(The Division of Fire Prevention & Control hopes to be able to offer two of the modules each year.)
Upon completion of the ENTIRE program (160 Hours), students are eligible for a NFA Certificate.
The module breakdown is as follows: 
  1. Leadership 32 hours 
  2. Human Resource Development 32 hours 
  3. Community Risk Reduction 16 hours 
  4. Operations 80 hours  
Class Size: 30
Questions? Please call Division of Fire Prevention & Control at 303-239-4600  or email