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Examines concepts and principles of community risk assessment, planning, and response to fires and natural and human-caused disasters, including National Incident Management Systems–Incident Command Systems (NIMS-ICS), mutual aid and automatic response, training and preparedness, communications, civil disturbances, terrorist threats/incidents, hazardous materials planning, mass casualty incidents, earthquake preparedness, and disaster mitigation and recovery.

(The FESHE Course Code Equivalent for this course is C296)

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. Differentiate the multilevel agency responsibilities in disaster mitigation.
  2. Define the parameters and effectiveness of an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and its components.
  3. Assess hazard response and planning procedures.
  4. Discuss the importance of disaster planning, preparation, and mitigation.
  5. Define the relationships between disaster planning, mitigation, and recovery.
  6. Evaluate the hazard assessment processes and role of the firefighter in community disaster planning and recovery.
  7. Define the impact of hazard occurrence of community response.




Disaster planning and control

Publisher: Fire Engineering (2009)
Author: Kramer, W. M
ISBN: 978-1-59370-189-5
Price: $82.16

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