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FIRE 1902

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Introduction To Fire Prevention
Prerequisite(s) NONE
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course introduces the history of fire protection, prevention and suppression; and introduction to agencies and legal codes involved in fire protection and prevention; a survey of emergency operation organizations; the elements of fire ground tactics and strategy; building designs and construction, hazardous materials, and extinguishing apparatus.

Expected Educational Results
Students should be able to:
1. Discuss the theory of fire behavior, phases of fire, types of fires and the method of fire control.
2. Discuss the importance of fire fighter safety and explain what constitutes protective clothing.
3. Discuss the components of a water supply system and demonstrate the proper method of operating a fire hydrant.
4. Discuss the principles of building construction, types of construction and how building construction relates to fire fighting operations.
5. Discuss the role and functions of public and private fire protection organizations.
6. Diagram the fire triangle and the tetrahedron of fire.
7. List the three types of fuels.
8. Discuss available extinguishing agents and give examples of situations in which each is effective.
9. Discuss the general considerations for developing fire fighting tactics and strategy.

General Education Outcomes
I.  This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communication through listening, reading, writing and speaking.
1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the text and handout materials.  Students are required to collect and summarize articles on the fire industry from current periodical sources.
2. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and small group problem solving.  Lecture material is presented that is not included in the text or handout material and is included as part of the exams or tests.
3. Students develop their reading and writing skills through the use of problems and activities developed specifically to enhance their understanding of certain fire management principles.  Students provide written or oral solutions to these problems in both individual and group format.  They must also deal with short-answer type questions on course exams.
II.  This course addresses the general education outcomes of mathematical concept usage and applies the scientific method as follows:
1. Students must apply mathematical concepts in the solution of problems designed to illustrate figuring square footage, travel distance and temperature conversions.  Analysis of graphically presented material also test their mathematical skills as well as their ability to interpret and communicate quantitative data.
2. Students apply the scientific method in the set-up and solution of problems designed to illustrate phases of fire, heat transfer, and fire science theory.
III.  This course addresses the general education outcome relating to identifying and evaluating fire supression methods as well as fire prevention codes.
Introduction to Fire Protection , 1997 (or any future editions) Delmar Publishers ISBN 0-8273-7252-3
Recommended Supplemental Text(s): Fire Protection Handbook, 18th Edition, National Fire Protection Association

Course Content
1.  Fire Technology Education and the Firefighter Selection Process
A. College Technology Programs
B. Other College Programs
C. Career Potential Assessment
D. Work Ethics and Human Relations
E. Training Programs
F. Personnel Development Programs
G. Selection Process
2.  Fire Protection Career Opportunities
A. Public Fire Protection Careers
B. Private Fire Protection Careers
3.  Public Fire Protection
A. Evolution if Fire Protection
B. Equipment
C. Fire Stations
D. Personal Protective Equipment
E. Fire losses
F. The U.S. Fire Problem
G. Today
H. Purpose and Scope of Fire Agencies
I. Fire Defense Planning
J. The Future of Fire Protection
4.  Chemistry and Physics of Fire
A. Fire Defined
B. Fire Triangle
C. Fire Tetrahedron
D. Chemistry of Fire
E. Physics of Fire
F. Heat and Temperature
G. Heat Transfer
H. Classification of Fires
I. Phases of Fire
5.  Public and Private Support Organizations
A. National and International Organizations
B. Federal Organizations
C. State Organizations
D. Local Organizations
E. Periodical Publications
6.  Fire Department Resources
A. Fire Department Facilities
B. Fire Apparatus
C. Fire Tools and Appliances
D. Heavy Equipment
E. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
F. Aircraft
7.  Fire Department Administration
A. Principles of Command
B. The Management Cycle
C. Fire Department Types
D. Communications
8.  Support Functions
A. Dispatch
B. Transmission of Alarms
C. Graphic Arts/Maps
D. Hazardous Materials Control unit
E. Arson unit
F. Personnel
G. Information Systems
H. Business Manager
I. Fire Business Management
J. Technical Support
K. Warehouse/Central Stores
L. Repair Garage
M. Radio Shop
N. Adjutant/Aide
9.  Training
A. Training Bureau
B. Purpose and Importance of Training
C. Technical Training
D. Manipulative Training
E. Determining Adequate levels of Training
F. Performance Standards
G. Skills Development
H. Skills Maintenance
I. Skills Assessment
J. Standard operating Procedures
K. Training Records
L. Relationships of Training to Incident Effectiveness
M. Required Training
10.  Fire Prevention
A. Fire Prevention Bureau
B. Professional Standards
C. Purpose of Fire Prevention Activities
D. Fire Prevention Activities
E. Fire Prevention Terms
F. Methods of Fire Prevention
G. Hazard Evaluation and Control
H. Public Education
I. Organization
J. Legal Authority
K. Fire Prevention Inspection
L. Determination of Fire Cause
M. Fire Information Reporting
11.  Codes and Ordinances
A. Definition of laws
B. Lawsuits
C. Personnel Complaints
D. The Court System
E. Relationship of Federal, State, Local Regulations
F. Fire Prevention
G. Model Fire Codes
H. Code Development
I. Relationship of Codes to Standard
J. Operation of Emergency Vehicles
K. Infectious Disease
L. Good Samaritan Laws
M. Personnel Safety
N. Scene Management
12.  Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
A. Public Water Companies
B. Private Water Companies
C. Water Supply Systems
D. Fire Hydrants
E. Water System Programs
F. Auxiliary Sources of Water Supply
G. Private Fire Protection Systems
H. Extinguishing Agents
I. Extinguishing Systems
13.  Emergency Incident Management
A. Management Responsibility
B. Incident Planning
C. Incident Command Systems
14. Emergency Operations
A. Personnel
B. Structure Fire Fighting
C. Electrical Installations
D. Wildland Fire Fighting
E. Wildland Urban Interface/Intermix Fire Fighting
F. Oil Free Fighting
G. Hazardous Materials Incidents (Hazmat)
H. Emergency Medical Operations (EMS)
I. Vehicle Accidents
J. Vehicle Fires
K. Aircraft Fire Fighting
L. EMS and Fire Fighting with Aircraft

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The course grade will be determined by the individual instructor (under the guidelines of the division) using a variety of methods such as quizzes, homework, group projects and exams. Graded activities are designed to measure students' abilities to use higher order thinking skills in their understanding and applying of Life Safety and Inspection concepts.  A comprehensive final exam is required. This exam must count for no more than 25% of the course grade.
FIRE 1902 will be assessed every 5 years in the fall. The committee will develop a time-line to monitor the assessment process during the five-year cycle to ensure that assessment activities are occurring in order to have sufficient data to undertake a formal assessment at the end of the cycle. Assessment will consist of:
a.  An attitudinal survey addressing students' Career and professional goals and perceptions of the quality and usefulness of the course.
b.    A set of objective test items keyed to expect learning outcomes. These items will be balanced with respect to content and level of cognitive demand.
c.   A pilot administration for the objective assessment instrument. The results of the pilot assessment will be used to determine how well the test items are functioning in terms of discrimination, difficulty, and test reliability. The information obtained from item analysis will be used to eliminate or rewrite test items not functioning properly.
d.    The revised assessment instrument will be administered during the assessment cycle at a time established by the committee.
The FIRE 1902 Assessment Committee will analyze the results of both the pilot testing and the formal assessment data as well as the attitudinal survey. The committee will use assessment results to determine the effectiveness of the course by seeking answers to the following questions:
a. Are students performing at a pre-determined minimal level of performance on:
1. the course as a whole
2. on individual learning outcomes
b. Which learning outcomes are students' performance acceptable or above average?
c. Which learning outcomes are students' performance below minimal level?
d. What factors are contributing to student performance on those learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?
e. What changes or modifications in course content or instructional strategies are needed to help improve student performance on learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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