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This course explores human behavior as it relates to fire and mass casualties, while also addressing a historical review of human behavior in fire, building design, fire department operations, and evacuation procedures involving specific groups, such as large populations and persons with disabilities. Students will also examine current and past research on human behavior, life safety education, and building design to determine interaction of these areas in emergency situations.

(The FESHE Course Code Equivalent for this course is C263)

FESHE outcomes: 1. Define and discuss the elements of effective departmental organization. 2. Classify what training and skills are needed to establish departmental organization. 3. Analyze the value of a community-related approach to risk reduction. 4. Outline the priorities of a budget planning document while anticipating the diverse needs of a community. 5. Assess the importance of positively influencing community leaders by demonstrating effective leadership. 6. Analyze the concept of change and the need to be aware of future trends in fire management. 7. Report on the importance of communications technology, fire service networks, and the Internet, when conducting problem-solving analysis and managing trends. 8. Develop a clear understanding of the national assessment models and their respective approaches to certification.


  1. Locate and analyze current human-related fire research.
  2. Explain how psychology and sociology factors influence behavior.
  3. Discuss the relationship between human behavior in fire and evacuation from buildings.
  4. Explain how socioeconomic factors play a role in fire incidence.
  5. Create a system that integrates human behavior factors into life safety planning and practice using applied knowledge from course.
  6. Demonstrate how current computer systems modeling functions.
  7. Describe how panic affects human behavior in fires.





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* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact Student Services at students@waldorf.edu