Emergency Services (ESVS)


ESVS 301  Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political, and legal components of community risk reduction, and a methodology for the development of a comprehensive community risk reduction plan.

ESVS 402  Fire and Emergency Services Administration  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to be a progressive primer for students who want more knowledge about fire and emergency services administration. The course demonstrates the importance of the following skills, necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department through the challenges and changes of the 21st century: Persuasion and influence, accountable budgeting, anticipation of challenges and the need for change, and using specific management tools for analyzing and solving problems. A central part of the course focuses on how the leadership of a fire and emergency services department develops internal and external cooperation to create a coordinated approach to achieving the department's mission.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ESVS 403  Disaster Planning and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines concepts and principles of community risk assessment, planning, and response to fires and natural and human-caused disasters, including National Incident Management System--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.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ESVS 404  Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials  3 Credits (3,0)

This course presents current issues in management of a department-wide hazardous materials program. It includes issues that are pertinent to officers and managers in public safety departments, including regulations and requirements for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) preparedness, response, storage, transportation, handling and use, and the emergency response to terrorism threat/incident. Subjects covered include State, local and federal emergency response planning, personnel and training, and operational considerations such as determining strategic goals and tactical objectives.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ESVS 405  Personnel Management for Fire and Emergency Services  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines relationships and issues in personnel administration and human resource development within the context of fire-related organizations, including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline, and collective bargaining.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ESVS 410  Terrorism: Roots and Responses  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the development and evolution of terrorism, including historical and contemporary contexts within domestic and international settings. The course provides a framework for understanding terrorist organizations, their motivations, intended impacts, financing, and the role of media in proliferation of terrorist activity. Counterterrorism measures, response, and emergency management roles and responsibilities are examined within the pre and post-9/11 construct. Chemical, biological, nuclear, cyber terrorism, low-intensity warfare, super terrorism, explosives, suicide killers are explored, with the future of terrorism and society's ability to prevent, respond, and recover studied.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ESVS 480  Advanced Principles in Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (FLSI)--what they mean and how they can be adapted by every fire and emergency service organization. The 16 FLSI were developed by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) with the support and consultation of virtually every major United States fire service organization. The goal of this course, set at the supervisory and managerial level, is to formulate and put into practice health and safety procedures that address firefighter injuries and fatalities. The course will also focus on the need for a culture change, especially regarding how decisions made at the managerial and operational levels can exert influence to ensure that "everyone goes home.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.