FRSC209 Fire Service Occupational Health and Safety

Department of Professional Studies: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC209 Fire Service Occupational Health and Safety
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces the Fire Science student to contemporary safety and health issues in the Fire Service, comprehensively covering emergency scene safety for both fire suppression and emergency medical personnel. Students are also introduced to the Occupational and Safety Health Act of 1970.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the safety movement in the United States and describe the difference between a code and a standard;
    2. apply knowledge of how the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 benefits society and workers to reduce injuries and death in the workplace; and
    3. assess risk for the job of firefighter and company officer, plotting and analyzing injury frequencies and severity, measuring safety performance using current safety methods.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. the history of the safety movement in the United States
    2. the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    3. the National Fire Protection Association's Standard 1500: Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program
    4. the National Fire-Protection Association's Standard 1521: Fire Department Safety Officer
    5. implementing and maintaining a fire service safety and health program
    6. the National Fire Protection Association's Standard 1581: Fire Department Infection Control Program
    7. the National Fire Protection Association's Standard 1999: Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations
    8. universal precautions guidelines for emergency responders
    9. procedures for communicable disease contacts
    10. dis-infestation procedures
    11. incident scene safety for fire suppression personnel
    12. personnel accountability
    13. saving our own: rapid intervention teams
    14. establishing and maintaining forward first-aid station at the scene of an emergency
    15. line-of-duty death and injury investigations
    16. member assistance and health programs
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/00; course number revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015