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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
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PSAF 1020 - Foundations of Public Safety

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course is designed to assist students in defining and selecting a Public Safety career focus based on their interests. It is designed for students interested in exploring public service fields such as law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical services, emergency management, etc. Activities include creating education plans with the goal of staying focused and on-track for an appropriate career.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Computer literacy and word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Public Safety career fields
  2. Trends in Public Safety
  3. Basic Public Safety vocabulary and acronyms
  4. Emerging technologies in Public Safety fields
  5. Awareness of ethics and legal consideration within Public Safety disciplines
  6. Education plan based on career goals
  7. Unique stressors to each of the Public Safety disciplines
  8. Roles and Responsibilities of Public Safety disciplines during disaster (manmade, terrorist, natural)
  9. Incident Command System

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. compare various public safety career fields.
  2. discuss future trends in public safety fields and careers.
  3. identify basic public safety vocabulary and acronyms.
  4. discuss emerging technologies in public safety.
  5. demonstrate awareness of ethics and legal considerations within public safety.
  6. discuss the interrelationships among the different disciplines within the public safety industry.
  7. develop an education plan that aligns with career goals.
  8. compare and contrast the unique characteristics, stressors, and situational aspects of public safety sub-disciplines.
  9. compare and contrast common organizational charts and lines of authority for various public safety entities.
  10. illustrate the need for cross sub-discipline communications during natural, human-made, or terrorist disasters.
  11. compare and contrast the roles, responsibilities, and limitations of EMS, the fire service, law enforcement, communications, and emergency management during natural, human-made, or terrorist disasters.
  12. explain the Incident Command System.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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