DATA ANALYSIS & STATISTICS FOR FIRE & EMS

FST3071 - DATA ANALYSIS & STATISTICS FOR FIRE & EMS

3 credit hours

This course is a comprehensive course designed to teach you fundamental skills in statistical analysis utilized in today’s fire service. This is a required course for all BS degree seeking students. This course covers a great deal of very important material that will directly apply to future courses in the FS curriculum as well as your career in the fire service. All of the material in this course can be utilized in the fire service in various capacities and applications; from response time breakdown to resource capacity and quantitative risk analysis you will develop skills to justify large scale purchases and operational changes through objectively based reports and logic.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use statistical analysis to determine whether it is more expensive to employ firefighters today as it was in years past.
  2. Utilize Microsoft Excel to produce charts and graphs that explain data trends often utilized by fire administration, city managers and other officials.
  3. Understand how to quantify response capabilities, thus determining current versus perceived departmental needs.
  4. Review and quantify firefighter fatalities by department type, allowing you to answer: What puts your firefighters at greater risk, lack of seatbelts or effective engine company fundamentals?
  5. Use empirical data to compare your fire department to others across the country to provide your agency with a barometer for performance.

Eric Reiners    Doug Wehmeyer