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FIRE 1961

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at   
Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Safety And Loss Control   
Prerequisite(s)   None   
Corequisite(s)   None   
Catalog Description   
This course introduces students to fire service injury and loss prevention. Topics include a survey of fire deaths and injuries, physical fitness, training, station activities, emergency scene activities, post-incident activities, accident loss and analysis, safety officers, employee assistant programs, protective clothing and equipment, insurance, and a review of applicable laws and standards including NFPA 1500.

Fire Department Occupational Safety, 2nd edition, published by the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). ISBN 087939-097-2

Expected Educational Results   
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to
a. Prevent accidents, injuries, and exposures
b. Reduce the severity of those accidents, injuries, and exposures
c. Prevent exposure to hazardous materials and contagious diseases
d. Reduce the probability of occupational fatalities, illnesses, and disabilities affecting fire service personnel

General Education Outcomes   
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communication through listening, reading, writing and speaking.

  Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the text and handout materials. Students are required to collect and summarize articles on instructional techniques from current periodical sources.
  Students develop their listening skills through lecture and small group problem solving. Lecture material is presented that is not included in the text or handout material and is included as part of the exams or tests.
  Students develop their reading and writing skills through the use of problems and activities developed specifically to enhance their understanding of certain instruction principles. Students provide written or oral solutions to these problems in both individual and group format. They must also deal with short-answer type questions on course exams.

II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of mathematical concept usage and applies the scientific method as follows:

  Students must apply mathematical concepts in the solution of problems designed to illustrate figuring square footage, travel distance and temperature conversions while teaching. Analysis of graphically presented material also test their mathematical skills as well as their ability to interpret and communicate quantitative data.
  Students apply the scientific method in the set-up and solution of problems designed to illustrate the procedure for administering emergency care when confronted with a variety of symptoms in a simulated setting

III. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to identifying and evaluating patient assessment techniques.

Course Content   
1. Establishing a Safety Program
A. Safety Standards for the Fire Service
1. OSHA Regulations
2. NFPA 1501
3. NFPA 1500
4. NFPA 600 (Industrial Brigades)
B. Establishing A Safety Program
C. Goals and Objectives
D. Constraints
2. Implementing a Safety and Health Program

B. The Safety Officer
C. Interrelationship of Safety Program and Department
D. Risk Management Concepts
E. Job Safety Analysis
F. Accident Records
G. Accident Investigation
H. Accident Sequence
I. Physical Environment
J. Filling Out the Report

3. Physical Fitness and Health Considerations

K. The Fire Department Physician
L. Medical Examinations and Fitness Programs
M. Health Records
N. Physical Fitness Programs
O. Physiological and Psychological Stress
P. Employee Assistance Programs

4. Safety in Training

Q. Instructor's role
R. Trainee Preparedness
S. Maintaining and Servicing Equipment
T. Smokehouse and Training Building Safety
U. Live Structural Fire Evolutions
V. Class B Liquid and Gas Training Fires
W. Weather Considerations

5. Fire Station Safety

X. Station Design for Safety
Y. General Accidents and Safety Hazards
Z. Illumination
AA. Electrical Safety
BB. Specific Areas of Hazard Concern

6. Tool and Equipment Safety and Maintenance

CC. Personal Safety in the Shop
DD. Shop Tools
EE. Forcible Entry Tools
FF. Life Safety Rope, And Hardware
GG. Apparatus & Portable Equipment

7. En Route Hazards and Response

HH. The Driver/Operator
II. Apparatus Readiness
JJ. Selecting Response Routes
KK. Driving Regulations
LL. Safe Driving Techniques
MM. Traffic
NN. Environmental Considerations
OO. Arrival at the Scene

8. Emergency Scene Safety

QQ. Incident Command System
RR. Command Post
SS. Size Up
TT. Fireground Management and Tactical Priorities

9. Personal Protective Equipment

UU. General Concepts
VV. Full Protective Clothing
WW. Head Protection
XX. Protective Hoods
YY. Firefighter Protective Coats
ZZ. Firefighter Protective Trousers
AAA. Hand, Foot, Eye, Hearing Protection
BBB. SCBA- Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
CCC. Personal Alert Safety Systems

10. Special Hazards

DDD. Electrical Hazards
EEE. Hazardous Materials
FFF. Radiation Hazards
GGG. Air Medical Evacuations

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   

The course grade will be determined by the individual instructor (under the guidelines of the division) using a variety of methods such as quizzes, homework, group projects and exams. Graded activities are designed to measure students' abilities to use higher order thinking skills in their understanding and applying of Life Safety and Inspection concepts. A comprehensive final exam is required. This exam must count for no more than 25% of the course grade.


FIRE 1961 will be assessed every 5 years in the fall. The committee will develop a time-line to monitor the assessment process during the five-year cycle to ensure that assessment activities are occurring in order to have sufficient data to undertake a formal assessment at the end of the cycle. Assessment will consist of:

a. An attitudinal survey addressing students' career and professional goals and perceptions of the quality and usefulness of the course.
b. A set of objective test items keyed to expect learning outcomes. These items will be balanced with respect to content and level of cognitive demand.
c. A pilot administration for the objective assessment instrument. The results of the pilot assessment will be used to determine how well the test items are functioning in terms of discrimination, difficulty, and test reliability. The information obtained from item analysis will be used to eliminate or rewrite test items not functioning properly.
d. The revised assessment instrument will be administered during the assessment cycle at a time established by the committee.
The FIRE 1961 Assessment Committee will analyze the results of both the pilot testing and the formal assessment data as well as the attitudinal survey. The committee will use assessment results to determine the effectiveness of the course by seeking answers to the following questions:

a. Are students performing at a pre-determined minimal level of performance on:
  The course as a whole
  On individual learning outcomes
b. Which learning outcomes are students' performance acceptable or above average?
c. Which learning outcomes are students' performance below minimal level?

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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