FIRE 104 - Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival
Introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , READ 120 . Three hours each week. Formerly FS 102.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Define and describe the need for cultural and behavioral change within the emergency services relating to safety, incorporating leadership, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.
- Explain the need for enhancements of personal and organizational accountability for health and safety.
- Define how the concepts of risk management affect strategic and tactical decision-making.
- Describe and evaluate circumstances that might constitute an unsafe act.
- Explain the concept of empowering all emergency services personnel to stop unsafe acts.
- Validate the need for national training standards as they correlate to professional development inclusive of qualifications, certifications, and re-certifications.
- Defend the need for annual medical evaluations and the establishment of physical fitness criteria for emergency services personnel throughout their careers.
- Explain the vital role of local departments in national research and data collection systems.
- Illustrate how technological advancements can produce higher levels of emergency services safety and survival.
- Explain the importance of investigating all near-misses, injuries, and fatalities.
- Discuss how incorporating the lessons learned from investigations can support cultural change throughout the emergency services.
- Describe how obtaining grants can support safety and survival initiatives.
- Formulate an awareness of how adopting standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes can minimize near-misses, injuries and deaths.
- Explain how the increase in violent incidents impacts safety for emergency services personnel when responding to emergency scenes.
- Recognize the need for counseling and psychological support for emergency services personnel, their families, as well as, identify access to local resources and services.
- Describe the importance of public education as a critical component of life safety programs.
- Discuss the importance of fire sprinklers and code enforcement.
- Explain the importance of safety in the design of apparatus and equipment.
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