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2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

FSC 225 - Legal Aspects of Emergency Services


Description: Federal, state, and local laws that regulate, and national standards that influence, emergency services. Includes standard care, tort, liability and consensus standards as they pertain to emergency services.

Credits: 4
Lecture: 4
Course Content:
  1. Legal system of the United States: foundations and Constitution
  2. Civil vs. criminal - differences, lawsuits, punishments and burden of proof.
  3. Tort liability
  4. Negligence
  5. Judicial systems: U.S. Supreme Court, special courts, local courts and their penalties
  6. Federal laws and the fire service including the Fair Labor Standards Act, American Disabilities Act, age discrimination, civil rights and sexual harassment
  7. Employee relations, standards for physical testing, residency, grooming, promotions, psychological examinations and polygraphs
  8. Fire prevention and fire codes, Fourth Amendment, certifications, building code vs. fire code
  9. Mutual aid
  10. Hazardous materials
  11. Volunteers/contracts, At-will doctrine
  12. Arson

Learning Outcomes:
  1.  Define the different types of laws. (1-3, 5, 8)
  2. Discuss Federal, State, and local laws and liabilities applicable to emergency services. (2-5, 8-12)
  3. Explain the purpose of national codes and standards. (6-8)
  4. Discuss applicable court decisions that have influenced emergency services. (2-6, 9)
  5. Discuss the legal issues and concerns affecting emergency services. (1-3, 5, 8)

Required Assessment:
Pre- and Post-test.