CCOG for FP 214 Spring 2024

Course Number:
FP 214
Course Title:
Occupational Safety & Health for the Fire Science
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Introduces the basic concepts of occupational safety, health and mental wellness as it relates to emergency service organizations. Includes risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles, emergency situations involving fire, EMS, hazardous materials, and technical rescue. Prerequisites: WR 121 or any writing course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite, MTH 65 or any math course for which MTH 65 is a prerequisite. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Explain the significance of occupational health and safety. 
  2. Describe and analyze the components of risk identification, risk evaluation, and incident management.
  3. Identify and apply a personal fitness and nutrition program to improve personal physical condition.
  4. Identify the major contributors of stress and mental wellness as they apply to the emergency services industry and environment.

Course Activities and Design

The content of the course will be presented in lecture, classroom discussions, role playing, demonstrations, practical skills demonstration as appropriate.  Additional instruction methodology may include guest speaker, research papers, professional publication reviews, written and oral reports, and class presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Methods of assessment may include one or more of the following:

  • Various individual and/or group skill building activities such as role-playing scenario based problem solving activities, case studies, or other exercises geared toward critical analysis of course concepts.
  • Written assignments or oral reports designed to integrate course material into personal experience or experiences of other.
  • Quizzes and exams composed of objective questions and concepts.
  • Individual and /or team projects/s which require integration, application, and critical examination of course concepts, issues, and themes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


1. Describe the history of occupational health and safety. 
2. Identify occupational health and safety programs for industry and emergency services 
3. Compare the difference between standards and regulations. 
4. List and describe the components of risk identification, risk evaluation, and incident 
5. Describe the relevance for safety in the work place including the importance of PPE. 
6. Apply the knowledge of an effective safety plan to pre-incident planning, response, and 
training activities. 
7. Explain the components of an accountability system in emergency service operations. 
8. Discuss the need for and the process used for post-incident analysis. 
9. Describe the components and value of critical incident management programs. 
10. Describe the responsibilities of individual responders, supervisors, safety officers, and 
incident commanders, safety program managers, safety committees and fire department 
managers as they relate to health and safety programs. 
11. Describe the components of a wellness/fitness plan. 
12. Identify and analyze the major causes involved in line-of-duty firefighter deaths related to 
health, wellness, fitness and vehicle operations.