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FIRE 221 - Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival

Credits: 3
Lecture Contact Hours: 3
Description: This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives. The class examines the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services. This class introduces the 16 Life Safety Initiatives. Students who successfully complete this course may apply to be recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative.

Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended: None.

Course Category: Occupational
This Course is Typically Offered: Fall Only
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Course Competencies
  1. Describe the need for cultural and behavioral change within the emergency services relating to safety, incorporating leadership, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.
  2. Explain the need for enhancements of personal and organizational accountability for health and safety.
  3. Identify how the concepts of risk management affect strategic and tactical decision-making.
  4. Evaluate circumstances that might constitute an unsafe act.
  5. Explain the concept of empowering all emergency services personnel to stop unsafe acts.
  6. Validate the need for national training standards as they correlate to professional development inclusive of qualifications, certifications and re-certifications.
  7. Defend the need for annual medical evaluations and the establishment of physical fitness criteria for emergency services personnel throughout their careers.
  8. Explain the vital role of local departments in national research and data collection systems.
  9. Illustrate how technological advancements can produce higher levels of emergency services safety and survival.
  10. Explain the importance of investigating all near-misses, injuries and fatalities.
  11. Discuss how incorporating the lessons learned from investigations can support cultural change throughout the emergency services.
  12. Describe how obtaining grants can support safety and survival initiatives.
  13. Formulate an awareness of how adopting standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes can minimize near-misses, injuries and deaths.
  14. Explain how the increase in violent incidents impacts safety for emergency services personnel when responding to emergency scenes.
  15. Identify the need for counseling and psychological support for emergency services personnel and their families, and identify access to local resources and services.
  16. Describe the importance of public education as a critical component of life safety programs.
  17. Discuss the importance of fire sprinklers and code enforcement.
  18. Explain the importance of safety in the design of apparatus and equipment.

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