EMGS 104 Essentials of Firefighting and Emergency Response (Cr4) (3:2)
This course will introduce basic firefighting concepts within the context of emergency response. Topics will include an overview of the fire service, fire service organization, firefighter safety, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, terrorism awareness, fire behavior, fire extinguishers, water supply, fire hose, ropes, and hazardous materials. Exterior fire group operation discussion includes ladders, communications, protective systems/sprinklers, forcible entry, and fire prevention. Students will be required to complete or obtain certificates in Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, Intro to Incident Command Sys. (IS100) and National Incident Management Sys. (IS700).
EMGS 105 Essentials of Interior Firefighting and Emergency Response (Cr2) (1:2)
This course will introduce concepts related to interior firefighting and emergency response. The course is designed to introduce firefighters to interior fire ground operations including nozzles and streams, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), rescur, ventilation, fire suppression, salvage, and firefighter survival. It builds upon concepts from EMGS 104 while providing information and procedures that will integrate and complete basic firefighting and emergency response competency skill sets. Prereq.- EMGS 104.
EMGS 109 Vehicle Rescue (Cr3) (2:2)
This course will provide an awareness and operations level of information and skills as it pertains to vehicle rescue incidents. Topics will include general vehicle rescue function/operation; incident management of the vehicle accident/rescue incident; vehicle anatomy, design, and construction; recognition and control of hazards relative to a vehicle accident/rescue incident; and the tools and equipment used at a vehicle accident/rescue incident. Additional topics will include, patient access, care, and packaging along with disentanglement; extrication and termination. Students will be required to carry and maintain accident and health insurance and/or workman's compensation and sign a waiver of liability.
EMGS 115 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (Cr6) (4:4)
This course provides fundamental training required to perform as an emergency service medical personnel and to become certified as an EMT. This skills-oriented course involved extensive hands-on training in the evaluation and treatment of the sick and injured. This course requires mandatory student lab time at a hospital in a clinical setting. Students will be required to complete a PA Criminal Background check, FBI Background check, physical exam, immunization record, and 9 panel drug screen as per clinical affiliation policy prior to starting the hospital patient assessment portion of the course. Formerly EMGS 107+108. May not be taken for credit after completing these courses. Additional course fees: $13.00.
EMGS 118 Introduction to Crime Scene Identification, Preservation, and Investigation (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides essential information for first responders as it relates to their potential to encounter crime scenes while performing their duties. It will provide information that will allow responders to identify and preserve critical evidence. Investigative techniques are discussed within the context of potential responder participation in the prosecutorial process. The importance of crime scene identification and preservation while supporting law enforcement investigators as they collect and package crime scene evidence is emphasized.
EMGS 119 Fundamentals of Homeland Security (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides essential introductory information as it relates to homeland security fundamental principles and practices. Discussion provides operational awareness within the variety of challenges associated with the provision of adequate homeland security measures. Subjects and topics covered will allow students to consider all aspects associated with prevention, response and recovery for actions and conditions associated with threats, acts of terror, disasters or catastrophes. Focus within the context of laws and law enforcement will offer insight to the comprehensive topic of homeland security.
EMGS 120 Emergency Services Health and Safety (Cr3) (3:0)
This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as they relate to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles, and emergency situations involving fire, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response and technical rescue response agencies. Offered fall semester only.
EMGS 122 Emergency Action Planning (Cr3) (3:0)
This course is intended to provide basic emergency action planning information while emphasizing the importance of the emergency planning process. Additional subject matter includes history, laws and regulations, common practices, risk assessments, response actions including mitigation and recovery. The phases of emergency management are explored along with the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders. Offered fall semester only.
EMGS 151 Fire Prevention (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides essential information regarding the history and concept of fire prevention. Discussion incorporates concepts that include, authority having jurisdiction, risk assessment, fire prevention, inspection procedures and reports, building construction, and associated occupancy classifications. Additionally it includes identification and correction of fire hazards, ingress and egress, fire protection and water supply systems, portable extinguishers, fire detection and alarm systems, plans review, hazardous materials that include the proper handling and use of flammable and combustible materials.
EMGS 160 Introduction to Security (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides essential introductory information as it relates to basic security fundamental principles and practices. Discussion provides operational awareness within the variety of challenges associated with the provision of adequate security measures. Subjects and topics covered will allow students to consider all aspects associated with basic security practices that involve prevention, response, risk assessment, insurance and liability, workplace violence and inappropriate activities of others associated with negative outcomes. Additional discussion includes recovery for actions and conditions associated with threats, acts of terror, disasters or catastrophes. Focus within the context of laws, regulations and interfacing with law enforcement will offer insight to the comprehensive topic of security.
EMGS 201 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides basic chemistry information relating to the various categories of hazardous materials as it relates to the emergency services. Information discussed includes problems of recognition, reactivity, along with health and safety concerns encountered by first responders.
EMGS 202 Fire Tactics and Incident Command (Cr3) (3:0)
Basic fire fighting tactics, the strategy and equipment to be used in extinguishing different types of fires; how to use available manpower and equipment efficiently; techniques in predicting fire severity; when, where and how to ventilate a building.
EMGS 207 Technology Applications for Emergency Services (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides essential introductory information for first responders as it relates to applied technology and the emergency services. Discussion provides operational awareness within the context of emergency management. Subjects and topics covered will allow responders to utilize technologies to facilitate and enhance emergency response efficiency and effectiveness. Information technological strategies along with operational devices and systems will be discussed as solutions and tools to achieve successful outcomes for all emergency responders and managers.
EMGS 208 Operational Risk Management for Emergency Medical Services (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides essential introductory information for emergency medical providers as it relates to risk management and emergency medical services. Discussion provides operational awareness of the inherent risks for emergency medical service providers within the various aspects of providing emergency medical service. Subjects and topics covered will allow responders to recognize risks while providing mitigating actions to reduce or eliminate exposure to hazards. Discussion of regulatory compliance will be offered to facilitate required compliance efforts as risk management concepts are explored within the context of comprehensive accident prevention and safety programs.
EMGS 216 Emergency Fiscal Administration (Cr3) (3:0)
The course will examine the techniques and operations of fiscal administration as it relates to the public sector with an emphasis on emergency services and public safety. Subject matter will include public funding, spending, budgeting, risk management, and grant writing. . Information and procedures will be introduced and practiced to allow students to complete a functioning budget, as well as develop future budget projections and funding scenarios. Offered fall semester only.
EMGS 217 Public Information and Relations (Cr3) (3:0)
This course will provide an effective way to manage public information at an incident or event, regardless of the size and complexity of the situation or the number of entities involved. Emphasis is placed on understanding the perspective of media personnel arriving on the scene. Students will learn how to prepare for media arrival along with agency interface. Presentation skills that afford concise and accurate information distribution will be discussed and practiced. Offered spring semester only.
EMGS 218 Incident Command and Management (Cr3) (3:0)
This course is a collection of FEMA course that comprise IS 100: Introduction to Incident Command System; IS 200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents; IS 300; IS 700 National Incident Management System an Introduction; and IS 800: National Response Framework an Introduction. Through an interrelated progression, the student will be exposed to the comprehensive approach of the National Incident Management System. Offered spring semester only.
EMGS 219 Regulatory Compliance (Cr3) (3:0)
Provisions of the regulatory agencies comprising Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Transportation (DOT) as well as state agencies with similar responsibilities require that entities engaged in emergency response provide awareness and adequate training to ensure compliance with a multitude of regulations. This course is an overview of regulatory requirements along with the regulations that are pertinent to the response community. Offered spring semester only.
EMGS 220 Methods of EMS Tactical Response (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides education and training designed to decrease deaths in tactical situations while focusing on managing trauma in the civilian tactical or hazardous environments such as mass casualty, active shooter, hazardous materials, and other incidents outside the normal operating conditions of most emergency medical services (EMS) agencies. Prereq. - EMGS115.
EMGS 221 Emergency Services Management (Cr3) (3:0)
This course introduces the basic concepts of management theory as applied to various operations specifically related to emergency service organizations. Topics include historical foundations, administration, management, leadership, finance and managing change. Emphasis is placed on aspects of human resources within a context of education and training to achieve critical outcomes. Health and safety responsibilities within regulatory compliance parameters are discussed as are all pertinent laws and regulations that directly impact emergency service organizations. Ethics and public policy conclude the topical discussions to provide awareness for those who are managers or administrators of emergency service organizations.
EMGS 231 Law for Emergency Services (Cr3) (3:0)
This course will discuss the legal aspects of emergency service organizations to include; arson law, legal rights and responsibilities of emergency services providers, their officers and related court procedures. Students will learn about specific laws and legal procedures as they relate to both criminal and civil topics and their subsequent relationship to the emergency services community.
EMGS 235 Security Management (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides essential introductory information as it relates to basic security management principles and practices. Discussion provides managerial awareness within the variety of challenges associated with the provision of adequate security measures. Subjects and topics covered will allow students to consider managerial aspects associated with security practices that involve prevention, response, risk assessment, insurance and liability, workplace violence and inappropriate activities of others associated with negative outcomes. Additional discussion includes critical thinking concepts that will provide an operational competency to mitigate or respond to actions and conditions associated with threats, acts of terror, disasters or catastrophes. Focus within the context of laws, regulations and interfacing with law enforcement will offer insight to the comprehensive topic of security management.
EMGS 255 First Responder Training (Cr3) (2:2)
For police, fire, and rescue personnel responding to the scene of injury or illness; procedures used to initiate treatment while awaiting arrival of a higher level of care includes but not limited to CPR, shock and bleeding, and patient survey. Students will be required to carry and maintain accident and health insurance and/or workman's compensation and sign a waiver of liability. Additional course fees: $13.00.
EMGS 256 First Responder Stress Awareness and Management (Cr3) (3:0)
This course provides essential introductory information for first responders as it relates to first responder emotional stress and challenges as a result of functioning within the emergency services. Discussion provides basic awareness within the context of stress management options. Subjects and topics covered will allow responders to utilize information to facilitate coping efforts as emotions are tested within the rigors of life and death scenarios. Further discussion offers insight to the range of emotions experienced by first responders while providing considerations for healing and ultimately essential emotional wellness.