Emergency Services (ESVS)


ESVS 201  Fire-Related Human Behavior  3 Credits (3,0)

This course presents a study of human behavior in fire and other emergency situations. Students will examine current and past research on human behavior, systems models, life safety education and building design to determine interactions of these areas in emergency situations. Students will develop an understanding of a best practice building life safety system as one that combines knowledge in the areas of psychology and sociology joined with engineering and education to produce the best possible outcomes in terms of human survivability in an emergency.

ESVS 299  Current Topics in Fire and Emergency Services  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

These courses consist of individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Fire science. Pre-Requisite: Consent of Instructor, Approval of Department and Program Chairs, and 12 Hours of ESVS Courses.

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 302  Fire Dynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines fire dynamics within the context of firefighting and its applications to fire situations, including combustion, flame spread, flashover, and smoke movement, as well as applications to building codes, large-loss fires, and fire modeling.

ESVS 303  Fire Protection Structures and Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines design principles involved in structural fire protection and automatic suppression systems, including fire resistance and endurance, flame spread evaluation, smoke control, alarm systems, sprinkler innovations, evaluation of sprinkler system designs, and specialized suppression systems.

ESVS 304  Fire Investigation and Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines technical, investigative, legal, and managerial approaches to the arson problem, including principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection, environmental and psychological factors of arson, gang-related arson, legal considerations and trial preparations, managing the fire investigation unit, intervention and mitigation strategies, and shaping the future.

ESVS 305  Fire Prevention Organization and Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the factors that shape fire risk and the tools for fire prevention, including risk reduction education, codes and standards, inspection and plans review, fire investigation, research, master planning, various types of influences, and strategies.

ESVS 399  Current Topics in Fire and Emergency Services  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

These courses consist of individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Fire science. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor, Approval of Department and Program Chairs, and 12 Hours of ESVS Courses.

ESVS 400  Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the tools and techniques of rational decision making in fire and emergency services agencies, including data collection, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, and cost-benefit analysis.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ESVS 401  Applications of Fire Research  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the basic principles of research and methodology for analyzing current fire-related research. The course also provides a framework for conducting and evaluating independent research in the following areas: fire dynamics, fire test standards and codes, fire safety, fire modeling, structural fire safety, life safety, firefighter health and safety, automatic detection and suppression, transportation fire hazards, risk analysis and loss control, fire service applied research and new trends in fire-related research.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

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 406  Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the legal aspects of the 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 matters, administrative and operational matters, planning and code enforcement, and legislative and political processes with regard to the fire service.
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.

ESVS 499  Current Topics in Fire and Emergency Services  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

These courses consist of individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Fire science. Pre-Requisite: Consent of Instructor, Approval of Department and Program Chairs, and 12 Hours of ESVS Courses.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.