3 credit hours

This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk and hazard evaluation, control procedures for emergency service organizations, the national firefighter life safety initiatives, the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services, and establishing a plan to fully implement NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health for a public fire department of their choice. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish a mentor who is a FD Officer.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define and describe the need for cultural and behavioral changes within emergency service.
  2. Explain the need for enhancements of personal and organizational accountability for health and safety.
  3. Define how the concepts of risk management affect strategies and tactical decision making.
  4. Formulate an awareness of how adopting standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes can minimize near misses, injuries, and fatalities.
  5. Defend the need for annual medical evaluations and the establishment of physical fitness criteria.

Brian Carlson