Academic Calendar

ECRP – Emergency Communications and Response

ECRP 131
Call Processing/Radio Communications
3 Credits          Weekly (3-2-0)

Students examine the basics of call processing and radio communications. The course includes theory, technical language, and the application of equipment used in emergency and non-emergency communication centres. Students practice call-taking, radio communications, and dispatching skills.

Co-requisite: ECRP 141.

ECRP 141
Emergency Communications I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-2-0)

The theory and techniques of call taking and dispatching as applied to police, fire, and medical communications are examined. The role of the emergency communicator in a mission critical environment is discussed. A focus on managing resources and callers is included. Skills in call taking and dispatching are practiced through role playing and simulated laboratory experiences.

Prerequisites or Co-requisites: ECRP 131.

ECRP 151
Emergency Communications II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-2-0)

Theory and techniques of call taking and dispatching as applied to police, fire, and medical emergency communications are examined in detail. An overview of the history and organizational structure of police, fire and medical services as well as the interrelationship of these services in responding to a critical incident is examined. An emphasis on deployment principles and protocols is included. Skills are developed in call taking and dispatching of multiple incidents through role playing and simulated laboratory experiences.

Prerequisites: ECRP 141.

ECRP 161
Emergency Planning
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

This course focuses on the stages involved in planning, preparation, and management of a response to an emergency, disaster, or crisis situation with emphasis on the role of the emergency communicator. Natural and man-made disasters, risk analysis, and emergency management plans are examined.

ECRP 171
Field Placement
2 Credits          Total (0-0-100)

This course provides the student with related practical field experiences. The placement offers the unique opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of learning activities related to the field.

Co-requisites: ECRP 172.

ECRP 172
Integration Seminar
1 Credit          Weekly (1-0-0)

This course integrates theory and practice by linking the knowledge, skills, and values gained in the classroom through discussions of issues experienced in the field placement. The focus is on professional practice, ethical decision making and work expectations in a team environment. Integration seminar is taken concurrently with ECRP 171 - Field Placement.

Co-requisites: ECRP 171.

ECRP 181
Document Processing in Emergency Communications
1 Credit          Weekly (1-2-0)

Students explore the variety of tools, documents and reports commonly used within an emergency communications centre. Students create, format and use various documents and reports such as call logs and protocols. Quality improvement and quality assurance tools utilized within a communications centre are examined.