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Fire Science Course Objectives

ASSOCIATES NON-CORE CURRICULUM

FIS 127 - Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply the application of mathematics and physics to the movement of water in fire suppression activities.
  • Identify the design principles of fire service pumping apparatus.
  • Analyze community fire flow demand criteria.
  • Demonstrate, through problem solving, a thorough understanding of the principles of forces that affect water, both at rest and in motion.
  • List and describe the various types of water distribution systems.
  • Discuss the various types of fire pumps.

FIS 206 -Fire Investigation I

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the responsibilities of a firefighter when responding to the scene of a fire, including scene security and evidence preservation.
  • Describe the implications of constitutional amendments as they apply to fire investigations.
  • Identify key case law decisions that have affected fire investigations.
  • Define the common terms used in fire investigations.
  • Explain the basic elements of fire dynamics and how they affect cause determination.
  • Compare the types of building construction on fire progression.
  • Describe how fire progression is affected by fire protection systems and building design.
  • Discuss the basic principles of electricity as an ignition source.
  • Recognize potential health and safety hazards.
  • Describe the process of conducting investigations using the scientific method.
  • Identify cause and origin and differentiate between accidental and incendiary.
  • Explain the procedures used for investigating vehicle fires.
  • Identify the characteristics of an incendiary fire and common motives of the fire setter.

FIS 201-Hazardous Materials Chemistry

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the common elements of the Periodic Table.
  • Distinguish between elements, compounds, and mixtures.
  • Explain the difference between ionic and covalent bonding.
  • Define the basic chemistry involved with common hydrocarbon derivatives.
  • Describe the basic chemical and physical properties of gases, liquids, and solids.
  • Discuss the nine U.S. Department of Transportation hazard classes and their respective divisions.
  • Demonstrate the utilization of guidebooks, MSDS, and other reference materials to determine an initial course of action.

FIS 210 - Principles of Fire & Emergency Service Administration

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Acknowledge career development opportunities and strategies for success.
  • Recognize the need for effective communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Identify and explain the concepts of span and control, effective delegation, and division of labor.
  • Select and implement the appropriate disciplinary action based upon an employee's conduct.
  • Explain the history of management and supervision methods and procedures.
  • Discuss the various levels of leadership, roles, and responsibilities within the organization.
  • Describe the traits of effective versus ineffective management styles.
  • Identify the importance of ethics as it relates to fire and emergency services.
  • Identify the roles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Management System (ICS).

FIS 205 - Legal Aspects of the Emergency Services

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the different types of laws.
  • Discuss Federal, State, and local laws and liabilities applicable to emergency services.
  • Explain the purpose of national codes and standards.
  • Discuss applicable court decisions that have influenced emergency services.
  • Recognize the legal issues and concerns affecting emergency services.

ASSOCIATE'S CORE CURRICULUM

FIS 101 - Principles of Emergency Services

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Illustrate and explain the history and culture of the fire service.
  • Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical chain reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
  • Differentiate between fire service training and education and explain the value of higher education to the professionalization of the fire service.
  • List and describe the major organizations that provide emergency response service and illustrate how they interrelate.
  • Identify fire protection and emergency-service careers in both the public and private sector.
  • Define the role of national, State and local support organizations in fire and emergency services.
  • Discuss and describe the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services.
  • Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus.
  • Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.
  • Identify the primary responsibilities of fire prevention personnel including, code enforcement, public information, and public and private protection systems.
  • Recognize the components of career preparation and goal setting.
  • Describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services.

FIS 106 - Fire Behavior and Combustion

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify physical properties of the three states of matter.
  • Categorize the components of fire.
  • Explain the physical and chemical properties of fire.
  • Describe and apply the process of burning.
  • Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire.
  • Discuss various materials and their relationship to fires as fuel.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of water as a fire suppression agent.
  • Articulate other suppression agents and strategies.
  • Compare other methods and techniques of fire extinguishments.

FIS 123 - Building Construction for Fire Protection

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify various classifications of building construction.
  • Understand theoretical concepts of how fire impacts major types of building construction.
  • Describe building construction as it is related to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategies, and tactics.
  • Classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local/model building code.
  • Analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building construction.
  • Explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships.
  • Identify the function of each principle structural component in typical building design.
  • Differentiate between fire resistance, flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each.
  • Classify occupancy designations of the building code.
  • Identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety.
  • Identify the role of GIS as it relates to building construction.

FIS 221 - Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define and describe the need for cultural and behavioral changes within emergency service.
  • Explain the need for enhancements of personal and organizational accountability for health and safety.
  • Describe how risk management affects strategies and decision-making.
  • Describe and evaluate circumstances that might constitute an unsafe act.
  • Explain the concept of empowering all emergency services personnel to stop unsafe acts.
  • Validate the need for national training standards as they correlate to professional development.
  • Defend the need for annual medical evaluations and the establishment of physical fitness criteria.
  • Explain the vital role of local departments in national research and data collection systems.
  • Illustrate how technological advancements can produce higher levels of safety and survival.
  • Explain the importance of investigating all near misses, injuries, and fatalities.
  • Discuss how incorporating the lessons learned from investigations can support cultural change.
  • Formulate an awareness of how adopting standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes can minimize near misses, injuries, and fatalities.
  • Explain how the increase in violent incidents impacts safety for emergency services personnel when responding to emergency scenes.
  • Recognize the need for counseling and psychological support for emergency services personnel, their families, as well as identify access to local resources and services.
  • Explain the importance of public education as a critical component of life safety programs.
  • Discuss the importance of fire sprinklers and code enforcement.
  • Explain the importance of safety in the design of apparatus and equipment.

FIS 145 - Fire Prevention

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the national fire problem and role of fire prevention.
  • Identify and describe fire prevention organizations and associations.
  • Define laws, rules, regulations, and codes and identify those relevant to fire prevention of the authority having jurisdiction.
  • Define the functions of a fire prevention bureau.
  • Describe inspection practices and procedures.
  • Identify and describe the standards for professional qualifications for Fire Marshal, Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator.
  • List opportunities in professional development for fire prevention personnel.
  • Describe the history and philosophy of fire prevention.

FIS 128 - Fire Protection Systems

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe various types and uses of fire protection systems.
  • Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system as it relates to fire protection.
  • Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures.
  • Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system including sources, distribution networks, piping and hydrants.
  • Explain why water is a widely used extinguishing agent and describe how water extinguishes fires.
  • Identify the different types and components of sprinkler, standpipe and foam systems.
  • Define the benefits of residential sprinkler legislation.
  • Identify five different types of non-water based fire suppression systems and describe how these systems extinguish fire.
  • Describe the basic components of a fire alarm system.
  • Identify three different types of detectors and explain how they detect fire.
  • Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building.
  • Recognize the appropriate application of the different types of sprinklers.
  • Explain the operation and appropriate application for the different types of portable fire extinguishing systems.