June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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Fire Protection and Safety Management: Two Partnership Programs
Two four year engineering technology programs were recently developed and implemented at our university: 1) Safety and Fire Protection and 2) Safety Management. Safety and Fire Protection is a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree (BSET) degree while Safety Management is a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree (BAAS). The BAAS degree was developed to allow community college graduates holding an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree rather than the Associate of Science (AS) degree the opportunity to continue their college education and earn a 4-years bachelor degree.
This paper describes two engineering technology programs that were recently developed and implemented at our university: 1) Safety and Fire Protection and 2) Safety Management. Safety and Fire Protection is a four-year Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree (BSET) while Safety Management is a four-year Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree (BAAS). The Safety and Fire Protection program was designed to satisfy the need for scientific and engineering knowledge in all aspects of fire in order to avoid human and physical losses due to the destructive nature of fire. In the United States and more specifically in the State of Texas, there is an immense deficiency on technical training in fire. In a recent fire conference in Beijing, China, there were hundreds of representatives from Europe, Asia and the Australian continent but only a handful from the United States. There are only five university programs in the field of fire protection in the U.S. Recent losses due to fire in the United States (12,000 lives and $11 billion dollars) are described in the report by The National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, “Burning America”, Washington DC, 1973.
Safety Management deals with the development and implementation of procedures to avoid accidents in the workplace. The United States is a world leader in the field due to organizations that develop procedures and establish obligatory standards such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation in the workplace.
The two programs are concerned with losses to society but their methodologies are completely different. Fire Protection is based on the application of the scientific principle to the study of fire phenomena while Safety Management deals with the application of laws and regulations to the prevention of human losses in the work place.
The State of Texas Legislature concerned about lack of training in fire protection established a tuition aid program for university students in the field of fire science. The Chief of the Houston Fire Department considering the scarcity of fire protection engineers in the Houston Area
Gomez-Rivas, A., & Pincus, G., & Sheinberg, E. (2008, June), Fire Protection And Safety Management: Two Partnership Programs Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3097
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