SFS 263 : Human Behavior in Fire

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Human Behavior in Fire



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SFS 101; SFS 102; SFS 110; SFS 112; SFS 120; MTH 098 (or higher) or minimum placement Math Level 14.


Provides fundamental information on human behavior as it relates to fire and mass casualties. Understanding human behavior is important as it relates to building design, evacuation and fire department operations. It is especially important where populations are large or include the disabled or persons having limited mobility.

Learning outcomes

1.Categorize the types of behavior that people exhibit in fire situations as positive or negative as they effect emergency evacuation.
2.Outline three fire scenarios and describe the possible physiological impact each may have on building occupants and responding firefighters.
3.Identify four psychological traits of building occupants which may effect their identification of and response to a fire.
4.Perform algebraic estimates of occupant evacuation times from buildings.
5.Identify the two primary modeling techniques used to estimate evacuation times in large buildings and transportation facilities.
6.Identify at least four occupancies where human behavior and response characteristics are unique to occupancies and where there is a high potential life loss.
7. Write a summary of the human factors effecting high life loss in a major fire incident.
8. Identify five occupancies in your town/city/jurisdiction where human factors and building design may be factors in emergency evacuation. For one of these occupancies, list fire department procedures which should be implemented to deal with a major incident.
9. Develop a fire scenario and provide an estimate of the effective time of operation for the first responding firefighters.
10. Demonstrate an understanding aspects of human behavior in mass casualties.
11. Identify and analyze the causes involved in the line of duty firefighter deaths related to structural and wildland firefighting, training and research and the reduction of emergency risks and accidents.

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