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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT281 Course ID: 4844 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives. The course focuses on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives: Please see the Syllabus Outline for the weeks that correspond with these course objectives:

CO-01: Discuss how fundamental change in fire service culture, attitudes, and behaviors affect firefighter safety and survival.

CO-02: Discuss how research and learning from firefighter fatality, injury, and near-miss reports can enhance firefighter safety and survival.

CO-03: Discuss how to obtain and apply technology for use in firefighter apparatus and equipment.

CO-04: Discuss how implementing national protocols can reduce firefighter exposure to violent incidents.

CO-05: Discuss how public education, codes and residential sprinkler systems can reduce civilian and firefighter exposure to unsafe incidents.

CO-06: Discuss how counseling and psychological support reinforces new cultural norms in the fire service.

CO-07: Explain the initiatives needed to reduce and/or eliminate firefighter injuries due to unsafe acts.

CO-08: Determine the need for a policy, based on a risk assessment, which minimizes potential deaths in the fire service.

Grades for this course will be based upon four grading instruments:

APUS clocks are set for the Eastern Time (ET) zone. If you live in a different time zone, be sure to plan ahead and submit assignments based on Eastern Time (ET) so as to avoid possible late penalties and/or avoid being locked out of a test.

1. Forums (9): There are nine graded forums that can be found by clicking the classroom Forum tab. The student, when directed by the instructor, will respond to the postings of other students. You will not receive a grade until you have responded to the proper number of students or the assignment has closed. Please have your initial post in the forum by 11:55 pm (ET) on Thursday night and your replies posted by 11:55 pm (ET) on Sunday night of the week the Forum assignment is due.

Participation in the forums is mandatory. Your replies must provide more discussion than “good point” or “nice job.” Challenge each other: if you disagree then say so and explain why.

To receive full credit for a forum, you must advance the conversation throughout the week by replying back to those that replied to your initial post.

(Please see the Forum Expectations document in each forum for further explanation).

2. Essay (1): There is one essay that will be based on the readings from this course. The Essay can be found by clicking the Assignments tab on the left hand side of the classroom.

3. Final Project (1): There is a Final Project due by the end of Week 8 and it will be based on the information you learned throughout the course. The Final Project can be found by clicking the Assignments tab on the left hand side of the classroom.

4. Exam (1): There will be one exam, a final.

The Final Exam will open in Week 8 and will be based on the course readings. The Final Exam will consist of 5 short answer/essay questions worth 20 points each. There is no time limit for the exam.

The Exams can be found by clicking the Test and Quizzes link on the left hand side of the classroom.

All due dates are found in the Syllabus Outline.

All graded items for this course will be based on a 100 point grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 27.00 %
Week 1 Forum (A) 3.00 %
Week 1 Forum (B) 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Essay 25.00 %
Week 4 Essay 25.00 %
Exam 18.00 %
Week 8 Final Exam 18.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Week 8 Final Project 30.00 %


This class uses Open Educational Resources.

Please click on the Reading and Resources tab in the weekly Lessons for the links to the readings or you can access the readings through the Course Materials link found on the Lessons homepage.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.