Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks, including 7.5 hours of live online sessions. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on coursework. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth.

The role of the Fire Service in disaster management is expanding not only in Canada, but around the world. As all-hazards responders, we need to view disaster management through a lens that recognizes our critical role on the response phase of a hazard impact to the community (i.e. disaster), but also takes into account our role in the prevention, preparedness, and recovery of our communities to these impacts. The intent of this course is to view the realm of disaster management in a more holistic sense, to identify where gaps may currently exist, and to align our approaches as fire service professionals to the needs of the community we serve.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness

Week 1 to Week 4

Unit 2: Disaster Response

Week 5

Unit 3: Disaster Recovery

Week 6 to Week 9

Unit 4: Lessons Learned for Disaster Management Practitioners

Week 10 to Week 12

What You Will Learn

Through this course, we will seek to better understand how disaster management is linked with the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all aspects of emergencies.

This is aligned with the recognition and application of the four phases of emergency management (Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) to lessen the community impacts of disasters).


For more Fire Service Management courses click here. For more information about this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


In order to use this elective course toward the Certificate in Fire Service Administration, you must first complete the Certificate in Fire Service Leadership program. In some cases, special permission may be granted from the program director to take this as an 'isolated' course (not used toward the CFSA certificate).

Prerequisite: Completion of the "Certificate in Fire Service Leadership"

Recommended For

This course is recommended for Fire Service and Emergency Services professionals looking to expand their knowledge of concepts associated with Disaster Management.

Information provided, along with the interactive discussions and written assignments, provide an opportunity to explore various concepts and to better understand the evolution of disaster management within the Fire Service and society in general.

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