CE 1001: Incident Safety Officer

Firefighting is perhaps one of the most hazardous professions in the world. On average, around 100 firefighters die in the line of duty more than 1,000 are injured each year. With new technology available today, this statistic is rather alarming. The need for Incident Safety Officers is vital in all Firehouses to ensure the safety of the men and women who risks their lives every day to protect others. This course prepares individuals who are interested in gaining this certification.

Course Description: Focus on the laws, regulations, and standards that affect safe operations, employee safety, and healthy work environments.

Course Textbook: Dodson, D. W. (2016). Fire department incident safety officer (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Prerequisites to take course: None

Certification Exam Details: Applicants shall meet the requirements of NFPA 1521 – 2015 ed. Chapter 5 and be a member of a fire department an Emergency Services Organization with at least 5 years experience. https://www.fdsoa.org/certification/iso-certification/

Course Cost: $325 (Course fee does not include certification exam)

CEUs Earned Upon Course Completion: 11

Course Length: This course is a 10 week, self-paced, open enrollment course. Once students complete the course with a 70 percent or higher within the 10 week period, they will receive a certificate of completion that list the 11 CEUs earned. Course must be paid for in full before the student is eligible to receive certificate of completion.

Students can apply for an extension if the course is not completed within the alloted 10 week time frame. If students do not complete all assignments with a 70 percent or higher within 10 weeks, they will be removed from the course if an extension is not applied for.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the role of an incident safety officer in relation to the fire service.
  • Examine the regulations affecting the incident safety officer.
  • Describe the hazards associated with the various types of building construction.
  • Identify smoke conditions to predict a future hostile fire event.
  • List risk management principles in NFPA standards.
  • Evaluate the role of the incident safety officer at various emergency incidents.
  • Describe the information required to conduct a safety investigation.
  • Summarize the incident safety officer’s role during a post-incident analysis (PIA).

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