FSC 4110


This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services.

(The FESHE Course Code Equivalent for this course is C280)

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. Define the need for cultural and behavioral change within emergency services, related to safety.
  2. Explain concepts of risk management and mitigation as it pertains to emergency services, including strategic and tactical decision-making and planning responsibilities.
  3. Identify support services for emergency services personnel.
  4. Describe the importance of public education as a resource to life safety programs.
  5. Identify the 16 life safety initiatives.
  6. Explain the vital role of local departments in national research and data collection systems.
  7. Discuss the importance of standards in design of apparatus and equipment, including personal protective equipment and enforcement of codes.
  8. Explain the need for enhancements of personal and organizational accountability for health and safety.
  9. Illustrate how technological advancements produce higher levels of emergency service safety and survival.
  10. Adopt standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes.





* 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