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Fire Services Administration

Students must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of lower-division fire science core curriculum courses prior to enrolling in upper-division courses.


FSA 307 Emergency Service Delivery of Fire and EMS (3)
Focuses upon management theory and practices of multi-agency planning, deployment and operations as they are related to multi-alarm incidents, target hazards and major disasters.


FSA 309 Fire Inspection and Investigation (3)
Focuses upon management theory and practices of the fire prevention, fire inspection, code enforcement, arson investigation and public education functions of a comprehensive fire department delivery system.


FSA 311 Principles of Fire Protection Management (3)
An investigation of management and supervisory responsibilities, including motivation, discipline, human relations, training, communications, followership, planning, leadership, management-employee relations. A pre- or post-session project will be assigned as part of this course.


FSA 313 Fire Personnel Management (3)
Develops a perspective on specific personnel functions, including planning personnel needs and human resource development, job description and analysis, employment recruitment, selection and placement, promotions, transfers, separations, wage and salary administration, labor-management negotiations and contracts. A pre- or post-session project will be assigned as part of this course.


FSA 315 Organization for Fire Protection (3)
Develops an understanding of fire department organization, including fire defenses and insurance ratings, organization of fire suppression and prevention, the fire department and the municipality, inter-municipality for fire services. A pre- or post- session project will be assigned as part of this course.


FSA 317 Fiscal Management in Fire Protection (3)
The budget process; taxation and assessments; operations planning; financial aid and grant programs; allotment of resources; analysis of expenditures and productivity; management information systems. A pre- or post-session project will be assigned as part of this course.


FSA 319 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection (3)
Federal and state laws, codes and ordinances; legal responsibilities of fire service agencies; liabilities and civil law; enforcement procedures and police powers. A pre- or post-session project will be assigned as part of this course.


FSA 323 Fire and Emergency Services Administration (5)
Progressive primer for students who want more knowledge about fire and emergency services administration. Course demonstrates the important skills necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department through the challenges and changes of the 21st century.


FSA 324 Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection (5)
The systems approach to public fire protection services, including fire suppression and prevention systems. Information gathering, analysis, presentation, and interpretation; simulation; resource allocation; planning; evaluation; writing objectives. Illustrative case studies and models.


FSA 325 Personnel Management for the Fire Service (5)
Examines personnel practices and management procedures. Investigates collective bargaining, binding arbitration, applicable legislative procedures and administrative and supervisory procedures. Other topics include promotion, personnel development, career, and incentive systems and the validation of physical and mental requirements.


FSA 326 Fire Prevention Organization and Management (5)
Examination and evaluation of the techniques, procedures, programs and agencies involved with fire prevention. Consideration of related governmental inspection/education procedures. Interaction within the fire service department between protection, inspection, education and prevention procedures. Licenses and permits, zoning, legal aspects, inspections and investigations.


FSA 327 Fire Related Human Behavior (5)
Dynamics of human behavior in fire incidents related to fire prevention practices, programs, codes and ordinances. Understanding of the concepts of role, personal invulnerability, risk and group dynamics, as related to design aspects of buildings and the mitigation of the effects of fire in the modern society. The psychological effects of communications during emergencies and the conduct of post-fire interviews.


FSA 328 Disaster Planning and Control (5)
Concept and principles of community risk assessment, planning and response to fires, natural and man-made disasters, including National Incident Management System-Incident Command Systems (NIMS ICS), mutual aid and automatic response, training and preparedness, communications, civil disturbances, terrorist threats/incidents, hazardous materials planning, mass casualty incidents, earthquake preparedness, and disaster mitigation and recovery.


FSA 329 Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection (5)
The legal basis for the police power of government related to public safety. Legal limitations and responsibility. Liability of fire prevention organizations and personnel. Review of judicial decisions. Implications of product liability cases in fire prevention.


FSA 330 Fire Protection Structures and Systems (5)
Examines the underlying principles involved in structural fire protection systems, building furnishings, and fire protection systems including water-based fire suppressions systems, fire alarm and detection systems, special hazard suppression systems, and smoke management systems.


FSA 331 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services (5)
Provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political and legal components of community risk reduction, and methodology for the development of a comprehensive community risk reduction plan.


FSA 332 Fire Investigation and Analysis (5)
Examines the technical, investigative, legal, and social aspects of arson, including principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection, environmental and psychological factors of arson, legal considerations, intervention, and mitigation strategies.


FSA 333 Applications of Fire Research (5)
The understanding of fire research and its application. The transfer and implications of available research results for fire prevention and protection programs. National and international studies.


FSA 334 Fire Dynamics (5)
Study of fire propagation phenomenon in both fuel and air regulated phases. Variables in pre- and post-flashover fire development. Study of geometric, material, gaseous, fluid flow and thermodynamic parameters. Compartment and building fire models.


FSA 335 Emergency Medical Services Administration (3)
An overview of the management of emergency medical services, including organization, budget determination, purchasing and communication. Emphasis on directing and delegation of decision-making including managing stress. Prerequisite: EMT-1 or equivalent


FSA 336 Managerial Issues of Hazardous Materials (5)
Examines federal and state regulations concerning hazardous materials. Topics include: health and safety; the hazardous materials management system; the incident command system; politics of incident management; site management and control; hazard and risk evaluation; personal protective clothing and equipment; information management and resource coordination.


FSA 403 Field Study (1-3)


FSA 407 Seminar (2)


FSA 411 Management Information Systems (3)
Overview of computer terminology; computer types and operating systems; application programs; designing information management systems; how management can use information in decision making; using GIS and mapping system databases; purchasing hardware and software; and installing an evaluating a system. Prerequisite: computer application proficiency


FSA 415 Local Government Administration and Community Politics (3)
Topics include local politics and political economic processes; institutions and structure; policy making in local government; the decision making process; and local government budgetary processes. Prerequisite: FSA 315 or FSA 331


FSA 417 Advanced fiscal Management (3)
Examines laws relating to public agency budgeting; formulating a mission statement, goals and objectives; analyzing productivity; preparing a budget; the hearing process; and quarterly allotments. Prerequisite: FSA 317


FSA 419 Advanced Legal Aspects of Fire Protection (3)
This course will involve the analysis of recent court decisions affecting fire service agencies; legal responsibilities and liability; civil liberties; general constitutional issues affecting public agencies; the criminal justice system; courtroom demeanor; cross examination techniques. Prerequisite: completion of FSA 319


FSA 421 Master Planning for Emergency Services (3)
Major emergency planning; defining problems and problem areas; involving other municipalities or district agencies; the planning process; implementation of plan objectives; review of programs. A pre- or post-session project will be assigned as part of this course.


FSA 423 Labor Management Relations (3)
Examines relationships between union and management; negotiations of the labor agreement; grievance handling; agreement administration; and the value of a written agreement. Prerequisite: FSA 313 or FSA 325



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