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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT410 Course ID: 3366 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces the student to many areas of fire laws and regulations. The main purpose of this course is to introduce you to the laws and regulations that will impact your work. This course enables the student to acquire a basic knowledge of the law in each of the specified subject areas that directly or indirectly affect fire services by providing a basic knowledge of the methodology through which to locate, read and comprehend the various statutes and regulations surrounding fires. This course focuses on public policy, law, and regulation concerning fire mitigation, response, and recovery. Legal issues and risk are addressed as topics in the course, as are general and specific national, state, and local fire regulations and public law.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives:

CO-1: Identify the origins of modern fire law

CO-2: Describe the evolution of modern fire law.

CO-3: Describe potential criminal actions of firefighters.

CO-4: Examine & identify the various Federal laws related to employment.

CO-5: Describe the lawful duties and responsibilities of the Fire Department

CO-6: Describe the potential negligence actions of firefighters.

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

1. Final Project Approval: You must upload to the assignment the legal case or cases you intend to use for your Final Project. (Week 1)

2. Discussion Forums: There are seven discussion forums. Be sure to follow all directions in the forums. (Weeks 1 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8)

3. Essays: There will be three essays based on the readings from this course. (Weeks 2 - 4 - 6)

4. Review Questions: There will be eight weeks of Review Questions which are chosen to reinforce concepts introduced by the text. It is expected that the student will provide a detailed answer to these in order to demonstrate an understanding of the subject. (Weeks 1 - 8)

5. Exams: There will be two exams over the next eight weeks. Each exam will consist of multiple choice and essay style questions.

  • Midterm Exam: Chapters 1 – 8 (Week 4)
  • Final Exam: Chapters 9 – 16 (Week 8)

6. Final Project: A 6 page paper is due by the end of (Week 8). Please see the Week 8 - Final project for further instructions.

All due dates are found in the Course Outline below.

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

Each week begins at 12:05 am on Monday and ends at 11:55 pm on Sunday. All assignments must be turned in by the due dates listed below. Please see the Late Policy announcement which opened in Week 1.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum (A) 3.33 %
Week 1 Forum (B) 3.33 %
Week 2 Forum 3.33 %
Week 3 Forum 3.33 %
Week 4 Forum 3.33 %
Week 5 Forum 3.33 %
Week 6 Forum 3.33 %
Week 7 Forum 3.33 %
Week 8 Forum 3.33 %
Essay 35.00 %
Week 4 Essay 35.00 %
Final Project 35.00 %
Week 8 Final Project 35.00 %

Additional Readings:

Writing Style Guide: The following guide must be used for all written assignments and can be found in the Lessons and the Announcements.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Supplemental Readings: The Supplemental Readings can be found below and in the in the Week 3 Forum

Week 3Federal Emergency Management Agency. United States Fire Administration Publication TR-134: Abandoned Cold Storage Warehouse Multi-Firefighter Fatality Fire (Worcester, MA - December 1999)

Week 3 – NIOSH Publication No. 99F-47: NIOSH Death in the Line of Duty: Six career fire fighters killed in cold-storage and warehouse building fire – Massachusetts.

Lecture Notes: Lecture notes will be provided weekly and can be found under Course Tools Lessons folder.

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.