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FIRE 1315 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

FIRE 1315 - Rescue Awareness

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is concerned with basic methods of recognition and identification of a hazardous situation where a rescuer might be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem. Students are taught to utilize all known resources in the perspective area and focus in on personal safety and patient safety.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of rescue
  • Describe the characteristics of the incident command system (ICS) and the functions of positions within this system.
  • Identify various types of rescue incidents that require rope rescue equipment and rope rescue skills
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Acceptable placement score or completion of all Learning Support competencies in Reading and Writing.

Course Topics:
  • Introduction to Technical Rescue
  • Technical Rescue Vehicles and Equipment
  • Rescue Incident Management
  • Search Operations and Victim Management
  • Introduction to Technical Rope Rescue
  • Structural Collapse Search and Rescue
  • Confined-Space Search and Rescue
  • Trench and Excavation Search and Rescue
  • Vehicle and Machinery Search and Rescue
  • Water Search and Rescue
  • Wilderness Search and Rescue
Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

None required

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Grading Procedures:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale.

Point RangeAssigned Grade
900 - 996 pointsA
800 - 899 pointsB
700 - 799 pointsC
600 - 699 pointsD
under 600 pointsF

Graded Items

6 Discussion postings @ 33 points each198 points
6 Quizzes @ 33 points each198 points
Mid-term exam200 points
Final project200 points
Final exam200 points
Total Points996 total course points


Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:

All assignments and assessments are to be turned in by the posted deadlines, according to your calendar of assignments. Any missed work will be addressed on a case-by-case basis upon request of the student. It is not the instructor's responsibility to inquire about missed assignments.

This class is set up in two-week modules. Each module will consist of a discussion board posting and two responses, and a quiz covering the respective chapter(s) in that particular module. You will have a mid-term exam covering chapters 1-5. There is also a final exam that will cover chapters 6-11. All quizzes and exams are multiple choice, timed, open-book tests, based on your chapter reading material.

Your final project for this class is for you to analyze what the 'Rescue' needs are for the community you live in. You will need to identify potential situations that would require some sort of rescue assistance. You will then discuss the rescue capabilities your community has in place. Finally, you will be responsible for suggesting improvements that should be made to cover the 'Rescue' risks in your area, up to and including designing a new rescue apparatus for your community. This project should prove to be both educational and fun.

Class Participation:

Remember that you are in a college classroom, even though this class is online.  Be professional and courteous.  Attendance is required. 

Late Policy:

If you miss two (2) or more DISCUSSIONS and/or quizzes, you will be considered absent for the rest of the course unless you check with the instructor. Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory performance in this course. To avoid late assignments, remember that the calendar of due dates is located under the Course Tools navigation link

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on December 18, 2017