Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the history of fire department safety programs and their relationship with fire service organizational culture.
2. List the agencies responsible for oversight of safety programs in the fire service and describe their role in monitoring, enforcing, investigating and maintaining data on firefighter deaths and injuries.
3. Identify the leading causes of firefighter deaths and injuries by demonstrating the use of state and nationally based reporting systems.
4. Describe the relationship of firefighter fitness to occupational injuries.
5. Identify the equipment, training and response standards developed to minimize firefighter death and injuries.
6. Describe the concept of risk management and its application to a fire department setting.
7. Design a fire department Injury Illness and Prevention Program (IIPP) based on firefighter deaths and injury statistics.
8. Describe the laws and regulations applicable to a public safety agency.
I. Introduction to First Responder Safety and Survival
A. History of fire service culture regarding safety, illness and injury prevention
B. Organizational cultures
C. Multiple agencies/organizations
D. Individual roles, responsibilities and behaviors
E. History of line-of-duty-deaths (LODD)
F. Common injuries and injury statistics
G. Agencies and jurisdictions
II. Overview of National Health and Safety Organizations
A. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
B. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
C. Data collection and the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)
D. Research and investigation of injuries
1. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
2. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
III. Personal Fitness Awareness
A. Cardiovascular health
IV. Training, Equipment and Response
A. Training standards, certification requirements credentialing
B. Apparatus and Equipment
C. Response to emergency scenes
1. Seat belts
2. Code 3 driving
3. Defensive driving
D. Violence against first responders
1. Scene security
2. Criminal activity
E. Emerging Technology
V. Organizational Health and Safety Profile
A. Personal and organizational accountability
B. Existing culture and prevailing attitudes
C. Internal investigations
VI. Risk Management
A. Strategies for minimizing risks
B. Correcting unsafe acts and influencing organizational culture.
C. Rapid intervention group
D. Legal considerations
A. Home sprinklers and fire/carbon monoxide detection systems
B. Code enforcement
C. Public education /fire and life safety
D. Counseling and employee support
1. Reading 20-60 pages from assigned text and current articles and periodicals weekly.
2. Two to ten assignments to develop group project.
3. Two short essays to define the safety and culture issues in the industry.
4. One group term paper presentation.
5. Posters or models that represent safety and survival related topics to be introduced to the class. (ungraded)
6. Vocabulary assignments to assist the student understand the nomenclature related to the course. (ungraded)
7. Site visit to local agency to observe the application of safety programs in the field.
8. Two to four role-playing scenarios based upon current fire safety trends.
9. Two to ten quizzes, midterm, and final.
Fire Department Safety Officer, IFSTA 1st Ed. Oklahoma City, OK; Jones and Bartlett, 2001
Resources for Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health, Foley, Steven N. (et al), Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2003
Understanding and Implementing the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, IFSTA 1st Ed. Oklahona City, OK; University Printing Services, 2010 Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2003
Firefighter Health and Evaluation Workout Manual, Nunes, Frank, Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2009
Fire Department Incident Safety Officer, Dodson, David W., 2nd Ed. Florence, KY: Delmar/Cengage, 2007