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Professor:Darin Hebert
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Mr. Hebert, Adjunct Professor

The fire service is a professional organization steep in traditions such as personal pride, honesty and integrity.  It has very little tolerance for anyone not striving for the same excellence.  Each chapter will have various amounts of learning objectives that will help the student absorb information that normally would be lost.  

Course Description

The book is written to meet the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Associates Core Course outcomes for Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival (C0281). Its primary use will be for postsecondary education. It also mirrors the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, with one chapter devoted to implementing each initiative. This makes it suitable for promotional testing as well.

Three of the latest trends with the fire service (as it relates to college education) are following the FESHE guidelines, a greater emphasis on the application of risk management and online courses. This textbook is different than any safety book ever written. Unlike other textbooks, that merely touch the surface of safety, this book delves into the 16 initiatives and gives realistic examples from fire and emergency services that each student can apply. Every chapter is full of situations, which could each be used as a case study on its own. Instructors can start discussions or assign projects based on the specific examples. By writing a textbook from this vantage point, it actually teaches the readers skill in risk management as they progress through the book. The text also has several new methods of increasing safety and implementing the initiatives never introduced to the fire service before. But possibly the best feature of the book is its application for online courses. Because of the amount of new information provided, distance learners can participate in online discussions and projects which would in turn encourage them to apply the changes and range the level of safety in their geographical area.

What to Expect in this Course

There is no more mandatory face-to-face day on campus. There may or may not be any online class projects during the semester.  If there are any, students will be notified prior to scheduling one. If due to extenuating circumstances, you must miss one of the online class projects, you will be required to complete a make-up assignment.  If you miss more than one of these online class projects, you will not pass this course.
If a student doesn’t log into Canvas for more than 5 days in a row, the student will be dropped from class. If there is a reason for not logging into Canvas for this period of time, please notify your instructor. If a student misses more than 4 quizzes, that student may be dropped from the course.

Types of Assessments

Participants will be evaluated based on attendance, participation, and timely completion of a final project.

Textbook Information

Book:  Firefighter Safety and Survival, 3rd Edition 2021, Jones and Bartlett Learning,
Author Don Zimmerman, ISBN 13 : 9781284180176

Other Relevant Course Information

The Final Project will consist of an individual comprehensive report on an incident of your choice, ie: Any large-scale incident that occurred any time during the past few years. It shall be a typewritten report, using at least a 12pt font, utilizing Times New Roman or Arial.  The project shall have a separate title page, a minimum of three to five pages of typewritten material, and a separate bibliography/reference page at the end of the report. The project will be graded on subject matter, grammar, spelling, and originality.  There is absolutely no allowance for plagiarism, or cutting and pasting of Internet material. This shall be a college level report, "typed", if needed, email me and I will explain more.  Once completed, please email me a copy of the Final Presentation as an attachment to my email address at: or attach your Final Project on the Assignments page in the Final Project file.

The Final Project is due by midnight, Saturday, July 9th.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 06/04/2022 Sub#: 1390