ATPC3780 – Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection
This course is a combination of classroom and practical applications. The course will meet the JPR’s of NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (2014) and NFPA 1037 Professional Qualifications for Fire Marshal (2012). This course examines the tools and techniques of rational decision making in fire and emergency services agencies, including data collection, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, and cost-benefit analysis.
Expanded Course Description:
The course is intended for Chief Officers and Fire Marshals fulfilling the roles and responsibilities within the perimeters of their respective AHJ, to align with the JPRs in NFPA. The coursework provided meets the requirements under NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1037. During this five-course series, students will demonstrate skills necessary to develop successful strategic plans, develop budgets and understand finance, understand and recognize ethical and legal aspects of their authority, and be able to recognize unforeseen challenges that may adversely impact their organization. Additionally, students will manage data information, collect, store and maintain data, interpret data, conduct risk analyses, evaluate risk management solutions, develop solutions and identify and apply ergonomics to the community and organization, integrate risk management solutions in groups, develop organizational plans, develop and promote fire safety awareness campaigns, providing electorate with means for effective decision making
Required Course Material:
- Fire Data Analysis Handbook, 2nd ed., (2004) U.S. Fire Administration Free Download: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa-266.pdf
- Fire Protection Handbook, 20th Edition (2008); Volumes I and II, Arthur E. Cote (Editor), National Fire Protection Association http://www.constructionbook.com/nfpanational-fireprotection-handbook-2008-edition-fph2008/nfpa-code
- (Microsoft Excel (2010 or newer) http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Excel- 2016/productID.323021400?tduid=(b351fb62ba3952610c1e4737a0ee3852)(256380)(245 9594)(SRi0yYDlqd0-g7DBKHt4fCrr8xi5Lh.XjA)
** Textbook NOT included
Students will be required to read additional reading materials as required for the course.
- APA Manual 6th ed. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2006) ISBN: 789-1-4338-0561-5.
- National Fire Incident Reporting System Version 5.0 Fire Data Analysis Guidelines and Issues (2011) U.S. Fire Administration Download: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/nfirs/nfirs_data_analysis_guidelines_issues.pdf
- Bock, D.E., Velleman, P., & De Veaux, R.D. (2014). Stats Modeling the world (4th ed.). Pearson College Div.
Resources Included in this Course:
- Cote, A. E., Hall, J. R., Powell, P. A., Grant, C. C., & Solomon, R. E. (2008). Fire protection handbook (20th ed.). Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association.
- Cote, A. E. (2004). Fundamentals of fire protection. Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association.
- Croarkin, C., Tobias, P., & Zey, C. (2001). Engineering Statistics Handbook. Gaithersburg, MD: The Institute.
- Firefighter fatalities in the United States. (2014). Retrieved March 03, 2015, from https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities
- Gorbett, G. E., & Pharr, J. L. (2011). Fire dynamics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. Monosky, K. A. (n.d.). Analytical approaches to EMS.
- Neuman, W. L. (2011). Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches (7th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon
- Ross, S. M. (2014). A first course in probability (9th ed.). Pearson.
- Williams, G. (2014). Linear Algebra (8th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
The School of Public Safety Training & Development recognizes and supports the Mission of the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System, and the United States Fire Administration. PSTD recognizes the experience of adult learners and values they bring with research tools, experience, and analytical strategies with which connect their background to the classroom by integrating that background into the curriculum. Finally, PSTD embraces adult learning and encourages adult learners to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world solutions in their careers, their lives, and their communities.
Relationship of Course to PSTD Mission:
This course fulfills the Public Safety Training & Development Mission by assisting students to develop, synthesize, and apply learned skills in analytical reasoning and critical and intellectual thinking about the roles and responsibilities of the Fire Officer III and the Fire Code Administrator, which has implications for organizational impact.
This course will employ a combination of reading assignments, discussions, table-top exercises, group projects, exercises, and a final presentation.
Student Learning Outcomes Table
|Learning Outcome||Student Requirement||Assignment||Weight, Assessment|
|Upon completion of this course the student will…||What students will do…|
|Demonstrate Engagement||Active engagement by way of discussion postings and chat room attendance.||Attendance & Class/Online Participation||(5 discussions 30 points each) 20%; integrating material from readings & class|
|Demonstrate knowledge through course assignment completion.||Assignments. Students will be required to complete all course assignments||Assignments||(4 assignments 50 points each) 27%; demonstration of knowledge of Chapters in text readings|
|Demonstrate competency through multiple choice quiz completion.||Quizzes. Students will be required to complete each quiz. Quiz attempts are unlimited.||Quizzes||(5 quizzes 10 points each) 7%. Demonstration of competency through multiple choice questions.|
|Critically analyze and apply the JPRs required for NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1037.||Applied Research Projects. Students will prepare and present an academic paper that encompasses the JPRs of NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1037.||Written Research Project||(350 points) 46% of Grade. Demonstrate mastery of learning objectives, generating real world solutions to real world problems.|
|Must complete all assignments.||Minimum Score 70% (525 points)||Total maximum score 750 points|
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss the uses on analytical approaches to rational decision-making.
2. Differentiate techniques of analysis.
3. Select appropriate analytic tools to support critical thinking.
4. Discuss how the use of databases, histograms, inferential statistical and probabilities and GIS are used in fire station location planning.
5. Apply the 5-step cost-benefit analysis process to justify essential budgetary needs.
6. Use linear programming to solve fire department equipment, revenue, facility and personnel issues.