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FIRE 2907

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title Incident Command
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is designed to include efficient and effective utilization of command concepts. Course discussion includes blending task functions with command functions. Emphasis is placed on effective management systems for emergency incidents at all levels of command.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to identify and explain:
A. The Incident Commander
To define the roles, responsibilities, and functions of the Incident Commander.
B. Standard Operating Procedures
To examine and understand standard operating procedures for emergency incident operations.
C. Functions of Command
1. Assumption, confirmation, and positioning of command
2. Developing a regular approach to situation evaluation.
3. Communicating efficiently during incident operations.
4. To use a systematic method to make basic strategy decisions, and to develop and initiate an attack plan.
5. To examine an effective fireground organization using the sector system to decentralize geographic and functional responsibility.
6. To be able to review, evaluate, and revise attack plans where applicable.
7. To understand a standard approach to command transfer, and to operating the mid-point and final stages of command.
D. Rescue
To examine procedures to safely locate, protect and remove victims from negative environments.
E. Fire Control
To comprehend an aggressive, well-placed, and adequate fire attack.
F. Property Conservation
To examine objectives to keep property losses to a minimum.
G. Fire Stream Management
To understand tactical achievement through the correction selection of fire stream types, sizes, placement, timing and supply.
H. Support Activities
To examine and comprehend the importance of intricate support services.
I. Apparatus Placement
To define proper utilization of apparatus and equipment.
J. Safety
To examine and define the rules, procedures and major factors required

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

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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:

1. 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.
2. 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.
TEXTBOOK
Incident Management for the Street -Smart Fire Officer John F."Skip" Coleman, Fire Engineering, PenWell Publishing ISBN 0-912212-60-8

Course Content
I. The System
A. Introduction to the Incident Management System
B. Command
C. Establishing Command
D. The Command Post
E. The Command Staff
F. The Functions of Command
II. Staging and Sectorization
A. Staging
B. Sectorization
III. Mission Statements
A. Defining Mission Statements
B. The Mission of Command
C. The Mission of Attack
D. The Mission of Search
E. The Mission of Backup
F. The Mission of Ventilation
G. The Mission of Exposure
H. The Mission of Extension
I. The Mission of Overahaul and Salvage
J. The Mission of Rapid Intervention
K. Benchmarks
IV. Miscellaneous Incidents
A. Emergency Medical Incidents
B. Vehicular Accidents
C. Hazardous-Materials Incidents
D. Miscellaneous Incidents
V. Applying Incident Command
A. Applying Incident Command to Various Types of Incidents

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
COURSE GRADE
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.

DEPARTMENTAL ASSESSMENT

FIRE 2907 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.
USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS
The FIRE 2907 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:
1. The course as a whole
2. 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?
d. What factors are contributing to student performance on those learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?
e. What changes or modifications in course content or instructional strategies are needed to help improve student performance on learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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