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FSA 205 - Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: FSA 102  or equivalent and FSA 107  and FSA 105  

This course introduces students to the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives. The course focuses on the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout emergency services.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify and explain the 16 life safety initiatives.
  2. Explain concepts of risk management and mitigation as it pertains to emergency services, including strategic and tactical decision-making and planning responsibilities.
  3. Define the need for cultural and behavioral change within emergency services, related to safety.
  4. Explain the need for enhancements of personal and organizational accountability for health and safety.
  5. Illustrate how technological advancements produce higher levels of emergency service safety and survival.
  6. Explain the vital role of local departments in national research and data collection systems.
  7. Describe the importance of public education as a resource to life safety programs.
  8. Discuss the importance of standards in design of apparatus and equipment, including personal protective equipment and enforcement of codes.
  9. Adopt standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes.
  10. Identify support services for emergency services personnel.
  11. Describe and evaluate circumstances that might constitute an unsafe act.
  12. Explain the concept of empowering all emergency services personnel to stop unsafe acts.
  13. Validate the need for national training standards as they correlate to professional development inclusive of qualifications, certifications, and re-certifications.
  14. Defend the need for annual medical evaluations and the establishment of physical fitness criteria for emergency services personnel throughout their careers.
  15. Explain the importance of investigating all near-misses, injuries and fatalities.
  16. Discuss how incorporating the lessons learned from investigations can support cultural change throughout the emergency services.
  17. Describe how obtaining grants can support safety and survival initiatives.
  18. Explain how the increase in violent incidents impacts safety for emergency services personnel when responding to emergency scenes.
Listed Topics
  1. History of fire service culture
  2. Organizational culture
  3. Defining the nature of the problem
  4. The national context, health and safety
  6. Data collection (NFIRS)
  7. Research/investigation (NIST, NIOSH)
  8. Training, equipment, response
  9. Organizational health and safety profile
  10. Risk management
  11. Prevention
  12. Professional development qualifications
  13. Medication evaluations
  14. Lessons learned
  15. Grants
Reference Materials
Current editions of:
16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives at www.everyonegoeshome.com
Understanding and Implementing Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival (2012)
The 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, Current Edition
Firefighter Life Safety Summit Initial Report
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 03/28/2012

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