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FS 140 Incident Safety Officer • 2 Cr.


A study of fire fighter safety using NFPA and state standards. Emphasizes the day-to-day health and safety of department members. Addresses standards, regulations, role of safety officer, accident investigations, record keeping, structural, EMS, hazardous materials, and wild land emergencies.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the history of health and safety programs.
  • Identify occupational health safety programs in industry today.
  • Identify occupational health and safety programs for the emergency services.
  • Describe the distinction between standards and regulations.
  • Identify federal regulations that impact on health and safety programs.
  • Identify the standards that impact on occupational health and safety.
  • Identify the concepts of risk identification and risk evaluation.
  • Describe the consideration for safety in fire stations and emergency response vehicles.
  • Describe the components of an effective response safety plan.
  • Describe the components of the pre-incident planning process.
  • Describe the considerations for safety while training.
  • Define the value of personal protective equipment.
  • Describe the components of accountability system in emergency operations.
  • Define incident priorities and how they relate to health and safety.
  • Describe the relationship of incident management as it related to health and safety.
  • Describe the methods of controlling hazards associated with responding to EMS, hazmat, and technical rescue incident.
  • Explain the need for and the process used for post-incident analysis.
  • Describe the components and value of critical incident management programs.
  • Describe the responsibilities of individual responders, supervisors, safety officers, and incident commanders, safety program managers, safety committees and fire department managers as they relate to health and safety programs.
  • Describe the components of a wellness/fitness plan.
  • Identify and analyze the major causes involved in line of duty firefighter deaths related to health, wellness, fitness and vehicle operations.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000