SFS 101 : Introduction to Emergency Services

Transcript title

Intro to Emergency Services



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours



Provides an overview to fire protection and EMS; career opportunities, related fields, philosophy and history, organization and function of public and private agencies, nomenclature, functions. In addition, provides new students a broad overview of college and life success strategies as related to this field.

Learning outcomes

1. Analyze your personal qualities, skills, strategies and resources necessary for success and apply them to achieve desired outcomes and experiences.
2. Identify factors that challenge success in college and develop a plan for resolving difficulties and overcoming obstacles.
3.Illustrate and explain the history and culture of the fire and emergency services
4. List and describe the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of major organizations that provide emergency response service and illustrate how they interrelate.
5. Differentiate between fire and emergency services training and education; fire and emergency services degree programs; and explain the value of education in the fire and emergency services culture.
6. Describe and discuss common career options in the Fire and Emergency services disciplines and the role of national, state and local support organizations.
7. Identify fire protection and emergency service careers in both the public and private sector.
8. Discuss and describe preparation for entry and promotion within the fire and emergency services career options and goal setting.
9. Describe and discuss various levels of disasters and all hazard events.
10. Demonstrate basic understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS). Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.
11. Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical chain reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
12. Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus.
13. Describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services.
14. Identify the primary responsibilities of fire prevention personnel including, code enforcement, public information, and public and private protection systems.

Content outline

1. Introduction, Assignments Course Information
2. Emotional Intelligence
3. Active Learning
4. Financial Aid
5. Procrastination Motivation
6. Education, Careers and the Job
7. 2/3 Year Plans – Program Information
8. COCC Scavenger Hunt
9. History of Fire
10. History of EMS
11. GradTracks Plans Advising
12. Library Information Session and Library Scavenger Hunt
13. Fire Physics
14. Interdependence
15. Mental Health and Wellness
16. Bend Fire Tour
17. Deschutes 911 Tour
18. ICS Disasters
19. Disaster Scenario
20. COMBAT Demonstration

Required materials

Required textbook.

Grading methods

Students will be assessed on their individual assignments, quizzes, group assignments and tests, the final exam and participation within their team.

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