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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Incident Safety Officer (FSC 400)

Formerly Safety Officer Course (FSC 400) and Safety Coordinator Course (FSC 400)
Course Category: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: 16 hours (2 days).

New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island, New York and 9 Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Version 1: December 1999 - August 2007. Version 2: September 2007 - September 2012. Version 3: October 2012 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify existing and potential hazards found at an emergency scene and communicate these hazards to the Incident Commander and assist the Incident Commander in minimizing the threat of death or injury to emergency scene personnel by applying risk management guidelines to determine appropriate risk taking actions. Version 3: Same topics as Version 1 and 2; additionally, function and serve in the role of Safety Officer FDNY at all types of incidents that may arise; analyze ongoing emergency operations in order to recognize; and correct unsafe acts or potentially dangerous conditions.


Version 1, 2, and 3: Major topics include: functions of the safety coordinator, risk management; duties and procedures related to the Safety Chief while responding into the incident, on scene procedures, communications techniques, unusual incidents, including trench collapse, high angle rescue, hurricane/severe storm operations, building construction principles, determining the structural stability of a burning or distressed building to assess the risk of building collapse, and provide statistical overview of national firefighter deaths and injuries.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Service Supervision, Occupational Safety, Management, or Administration (1/00) (11/07 revalidation) (5/12 revalidation) (7/17 revalidation) (6/22 revalidation).