Narva & Associates, Inc.
Course Offerings
Narva & Associates, Inc., Course Offerings

Narva & Associates, Inc. is capable of providing multiple course deliveries to fit you and your organization. The following is a partial list of courses offered to leaders, instructors, teachers, organizations, emergency services personnel, industry representatives, the media and many others. Simply click on a category that may interest you and you will be taken to the course(s) within the group. If you don’t see what you need here, please contact us so we can see how we can help meet your needs. 

We can be reached at 307-433-8078, or email poakes@narvaassociates.com for more information.



Instructor, Leadership and Organizational Development

Teaching the Adult Learner
Teaching the Adult Learner is a course which is designed to aid in the development of the training professional. The primary goal of the course is to educate training personnel on some of the principles and practices of instructing adult learners both inside and outside the classroom. Specific functions include course design and modification, learning environment setup, adult group dynamics, and course delivery; all done with the adult learner’s interests in mind. Topics can also be expanded to include leadership and mentorship among others.

Dealing with Generational Issues in the Workplace and on the Fireground
This course includes an overview of the challenges faced by leaders related to multiple generations currently in the workforce and in emergency services, along with tips for the motivation and retention of employees and volunteers in each generation. As part of this course we will discuss the current (and future) generations in the workplace, along with strategies for communication, motivation, retention with each. This course is a high energy program and very interactive and can be taught over a variety of time schedules.

Classroom Management
In this course the student will discover several practices of effective classroom management, how to establish a productive classroom climate, how to apply a variety of management techniques to help students become responsible for their behaviors and choices. Learn how to increase student motivation, build positive student-teacher relationships, and how to deal with “challenging students”. The course includes strategies to minimize and prevent classroom and behavior management problems, time management techniques, and classroom organization. NOTE: This course is designed with a short term delivery in mind, and while helpful, it is not primarily designed for courses which run over multiple weeks.

Human Factors and Decision Making in the Business World
This course is designed for front line supervisors to use when delivering training to new crew members, or to help managers improve their overall instructional delivery and leadership skills. Course delivery involves a few lecture segments, but the primary content is delivered by video and is supported with small group exercises. Topics include: situational awareness, basic communication responsibilities, attitude and stress barriers, decision-making processes, and teamwork principles.

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Grants and Grant Writing


Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
A funder’s guidelines will tell you what to include in a grant proposal for its organization and most funders want the same information, even if they use different words or ask questions in a different order. This course meets the needs of students by guiding you when approaching a funder. If the course is for a project proposal, and is most appropriate for a project that is trying to correct a problem, such as water pollution, safety of firefighters, school truancy, or addressing the ignorance about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted. This course covers the grant proposal as a whole, and is available in various time increments.

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Motivation and Leadership

Ways to Kill a Great Organization
Everyone seems to have some problem with their organization, and everyone also seems to know exactly what it takes to fix it. This program is designed to get participants to quit talking (or more likely arguing) about it and to do something about it. This is a no holds barred, in your face look at yourselves and if there are problems, issues, or even rumblings, to get participants motivated to do something about. Discussion revolves around not only getting to the root of the problem, but on getting numerous solutions in the hands of participants so they can help their departments well into the future. 

Each presentation of this program is unique as it is designed to focus on the needs of the students in the course. This is designed as a high energy motivational presentation for people who are seriously interested in bettering their agency.

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Fire and Emergency Services

Modern Building Construction for the Fire Service
Most fire departments know of the potential dangers of lightweight construction, but what about all the other “green” construction techniques, or power generation systems. This program is a primer on some of the newer construction being utilized in homes and how they affect structural firefighting techniques. Topics include discussions on wind turbines, solar panels, foam insulated concrete forms, corrugated stainless steel gas tubing, geothermal and glycol heating systems, and others. 

Human Factors in the Fire Service
This course is designed for front line supervisors to use when delivering training to new crew members, or to improve their overall instructional delivery and leadership. Course delivery involves a few lecture segments, but the primary content is delivered by video and is supported with small group exercises. Topics include: situational awareness, basic communication responsibilities, attitude and stress barriers, decision-making processes, and teamwork principles. This course has been adapted from the NWCG L-180 to fit multiple emergency and non-emergency situations. 
NOTE: This course is primarily designed for emergency services, but has numerous applications is the business field as well. Contact us if interested.

No money No Problem – Inexpensive Training Tips and Techniques
Working on a budget these days? Who isn’t? This course is designed for training officers of any level, and is also a platform for different audience members to share ideas. From low or no cost solutions to get or develop “high-tech” training, to construing realistic hands-on props for little to no funding this course is designed to help anyone. Audience members are encouraged to participate and share. This course can be modified for any size or level department. From the beginning instructor to the senior trainer, to the state training director, this course has something for everyone.

Rural Water Supply for the Fire Service– Problems and Solutions
In cities and towns across the United States, fire departments have had years of experience creating adequate water supplies for fighting structural fires . Networks of fire hydrants and water mains provide quick access to a plentiful supply of municipal water. What happens when you remove the hydrants and water mains are not there, builders spread the homes and businesses far apart, or they add county roads and terrain and dot the land with other types of structures? This three part program covers the planning, tools, equipment, delivery methods and training necessary to help provide adequate water flows to needed areas. 

Communications on the Emergency Scene
This course focuses on one of the most fundamental challenges facing emergency service leaders today – simple communication. Many times, disasters can be averted, lives saved, and damage can be prevented if we can just learn to communicate. This back to basics course covers everything from direct and indirect communication, to perceived communication, to even the basics of how to communicate and radio operation. There is something for everyone to learn, or perhaps relearn in this program. 

Fire Investigation Compliance – What is a Small Department to do?
Small rural fire departments are more and more often finding themselves challenged by ever tightening resources. In these times, it is extremely difficult if not impossible for these departments to conduct a fire investigation which is compliant with all applicable standards. There are some things they can do, however, to make their jobs easier, safer and to achieve a level of compliance which can help them obtain a much better outcome to their investigation, while keeping costs under control.

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For Industry and the Media

Communicating with the First Responder – An Insider’s Approach
In the Pipeline Industry, and many others, there are federal mandates in place requiring industry representatives to contact, hold trainings for, or provide information to first responders. Many times agencies will send a letter or flyer and check the box to say they have done it, but when an event happens and there is no coordination who gets the blame? This course is designed to help operators and responders alike to improve communication so when an incident occurs, operations run much smoother and lives are saved. 

HAZMAT Awareness for the Media
In this current era, the media is typically the “first responder” on scene, but what training and knowledge do they have to keep themselves from becoming the next victim. This course is an abbreviated version of a full Hazardous Materials Awareness course designed for reporters and other media representatives. This course is designed to give the news media the bare bones knowledge they need to avoid becoming the next victim, while still working to get the story.

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Narva & Associates, Inc., Collaborative Relationships

We have long-term relationships with a range of contractors and consultants in many specialty fields and areas of expertise, to ensure that we provide our clients with comprehensive solutions to their needs. These specialists include: 

  • Fire scientists
  • Accountants
  • Attorneys
  • Fire protection engineers
  • Consumer product safety experts
  • Code development specialists
  • Government and regulatory affairs advocates
  • Instructors and Trainers
  • Business development consultants
  • Website developers
  • Graphic designers
  • Test laboratories