Legal Aspects of Emergency Services – EMER 330

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course will address the local, state, and federal laws that regulate emergency services and include a review of national standards, regulations, and consensus standards.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Accountability and responsibility are necessary to each individual in society. Individuals in emergency services must maintain a high level of integrity for the good of the order and the community they serve. Integrity of the individual is often measured and/or articulated through accountability and responsibility.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 2 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 300 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post 2 replies to his/her peers’ posts of at least 200 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned Module: Week, except the final discussion, in which the replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.

For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 scholarly citations in the current APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in the current APA format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include professional journals, scholarly works, and the textbook, in addition to the Bible. For peer posts, each reply must be positive and substantial in nature and not just repeat what the peer has submitted in his/her post. 

These papers will require the student to analyze specific legal issues which are crucial to understanding the legal and political factors of emergency services administration.  Understanding these legal cases, rights, policies, etc. will help the student be better prepared as an emergency services administration leader.  The assignment should be in APA format with a length of 3 – 4 double-spaced pages of content and cite and reference concepts from the assigned Module: Week required reading, presentations, and additional research, as well as at least three (3) additional articles.

The student will analyze a current event related to a legal and/or political event in an emergency services administration context. The event must have occurred within the last 2 years. The assignment should be in APA format with a length of 3 – 4 double-spaced pages of content and should include a link to the article and at least three (3) additional articles as part of the reference page.

Using the assigned scenario, the student will compose a case study of the scenario, analyzing the key lessons learned from the situation and proposed remedies. The assignment should be in APA format with a length of 3 – 4 double-spaced pages of content. At least three (3) additional articles should be cited and referenced throughout the paper as appropriate.

The student will complete an assessment of a major ethical issue relating to emergency services administration. The assignment should be in APA format with a length 6 – 8 double-spaced pages of content and support from required reading and presentations and at least five (5) additional sources.