Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog
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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 011 . Three hours each week.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, 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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