FSMT410 - Fire Regulation, Policy, and Law
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.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|07/29/19 - 01/03/20||01/06/20 - 03/01/20||Winter 2020 Session B||8 Week session|
|09/30/19 - 02/28/20||03/02/20 - 04/26/20||Winter 2020 Session D||8 Week session|
|11/25/19 - 05/01/20||05/04/20 - 06/28/20||Spring 2020 Session I||8 Week session|
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 10 – 15 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.
|Final Project Approval||1.00 %|
|Week 1 - Final Project Approval||1.00 %|
|Week 1 Forum||2.86 %|
|Week 2 Forum||2.86 %|
|Week 3 Forum||2.86 %|
|Week 5 Forum||2.86 %|
|Week 6 Forum||2.86 %|
|Week 7 Forum||2.86 %|
|Week 8 Forum||2.86 %|
|Week 2 - Essay 1||5.00 %|
|Week 4 - Essay 2||5.00 %|
|Week 6 - Essay 3||5.00 %|
|Questions Groups||20.00 %|
|Review Question Group 1||2.50 %|
|Review Question Group 2||2.50 %|
|Review Question Group 3||2.50 %|
|Review Question Group 4||2.50 %|
|Review Question Group 5||2.50 %|
|Review Question Group 6||2.50 %|
|Review Question Group 7||2.50 %|
|Review Question Group 8||2.50 %|
|Final Project||24.00 %|
|Week 8 - Final Project||24.00 %|
|Examination 1||10.00 %|
|Examination 2||10.00 %|
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 in the Resource folder and in the Week 3 Forum
Week 3 – Federal 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 in the Lessons folder.
|Book Title:||Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, 2nd ed.- E-book links provided inside the classroom. Hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.|
|Author:||Varone, J. Curtis|
|Electronic Unit Cost:||$32.00|
Not current for future courses.