FSC 3510: Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection


This course examines the legal aspects of fire service and the political and social impacts of legal issues. This course includes a review of the American legal system and in-depth coverage of legal and political issues involving employment and personnel matter, political process with regard to the fire service. (This course replaces FSC 4401: Legal Aspects of Fire Protection.) (The FESHE Course Code Equivalent for this course is C258) 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. Identify potential legal and political issues in fire and emergency services.
  2. Describe legal lessons learned from recent cases, and identify best practices in the fire service to avoid legal liability.
  3. Analyze and apply legal rules and political issues to manage risk.
  4. Formulate political and legal conclusions and recommendations based on the analysis.
  5. Locate and apply recent legal and legislative online resources.


  1. FSC 2010


Fire service law

Publisher: Prentice Hall (2008)
Author: Bennett, L. T.
ISBN: 9780131552883
Price: $67.60

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