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FIRE 1904

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Inspection Principles
Prerequisite(s) NONE
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is an exploration of basic principles involved in fire prevention and code enforcement practices. In fire prevention the emphasis is placed on each specific occupancy-type to include building design and construction, plans and review, and the development of asystematic inspection program. State laws and modifications to adopted legal codes are discussed to ensure uniformity in the state minimum standards. Adoption and code enforcement are explained from a standpoint of jurisdictions having executive powers.
Fire Prevention Inspection & Code Enforcement; David Diamantes, Delmar Publishing ISBN 0-8273-8412-2

Expected Educational Results
a. Describe the origin and history of fire prevention efforts in the United States.
b. Identify the basic fire prevention functions of a fire department.
c. Identify the responsibility and authority for fire prevention inspections.
d. Explain and identify principles and procedures to correct fire hazards.
e. Identify occupancies and building construction principles.
f. Identify records management skills needed in fire prevention.
g. Explain basic exiting requirements.
h. Identify basic electrical fire hazards.
i. Identify the relationship between fire safety education and fire prevention.
j. Describe basic principles of fire cause determination as they relate to fire prevention and investigation.
k. Identify principles of placement, operation and inspection of portable fire extinguishers.
l. Identify operational deficiencies of fire detection and alarm systems.
m. Identify operational deficiencies of standpipe systems.
n. Identify hazards of use, storage and transfer of flammable liquids, gases and other toxic materials.
o. Identify operational deficiencies in sprinkler systems and special hazard fixed fire protection systems.

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 and travel distance to exits.  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 inspection principles that being taught.
III.  This course addresses the general education outcome relating to identifying and valuating Inspection principles through building codes, local and national fire codes and authority having jurisdiction.
Students apply building codes through reference materials associated with building safety.

Course Content
I. History and Development of Fire Prevention
II. Fire Prevention Organizations
A. Public
1) Federal
2) State
3) Local
B. Private
1) Insurance Organizations
2) Testing Laboratories
3) Member Organizations
III. Fire Prevention Through Regulations
A. Code Administration
1) Responsibilities of Fire Prevention Personnel
2) Understanding Reading and Using the Uniform Fire Code
3) Legally Established Responsibilities and Empowerment
4) IFCI Code Development Process
5) ICBO Code Development Process
B. Inspection
1) Fire Incident Reporting Awareness
2) Factors Relating to Life Safety
3) General fire Inspection Practices
4) Procedure for Correcting Fire Hazards and Modification of Requirements
5) Fire Drills and Emergency Evacuation
6) Handling fire Prevention Complaints
IV. Fire Prevention through Public Education
A. Basic Instruction Techniques for Public Education
B. Teaching Children about Fire Safety
C. Teaching Adults about Fire Safety
D. Teaching the Public about Fire Safety Issues
E. Teaching the Public about Fire and Burn Prevention
F. Juvenile Firesetter Awareness
V. General Fire Safety and Electrical Safety
A. General Fire Safety
B. Basic Electrical Theory
C. Electrical Fire Hazards and Safety Devices
D. Reference Sources Related to Electrical codes and Safety
VI. Building Construction for Fire Prevention
A. Classification of occupancies
B. Building Construction Classifications
C. Relationship of Fire Protection to Building Construction and Occupancy
D. Types and Classifications of Roof Coverings
E. Purpose and Location of Fire Rated Building Construction
F. Fire Doors and Windows
G. Inspecting Kitchen Cooking Equipment
H. Fire Safety Requirements for Decorative Materials and Furnishings
VII. Exiting and Life Safety
A. The Life Safety Issue
B. Exit Requirements
C. Determination of Adequate Egress
D. Maintenance of Exits
E. Enclosed Exit Stairwells and Smokeproof Enclosures
VIII. High Piled Combustible Stock
IX. Fire Protection Equipment and Systems
A. Portable Fire Extinguishers
B. Distribution and Location of Portable Fire Extinguishers
C. Inspection of Fire Extinguishers
D. Features of Fixed Fire Protection Systems
E. Inspection of Fixed Fire Protection Systems
F. Inspection of Kitchen Cooking Equipment
G. Private Water Supply Systems
H. Standpipe and Hose Systems
I. Inspection of Standpipe Systems
J. Types of Fire Sprinkler Systems
K. Principles and Features of Sprinkler Systems
L. Inspection of Dry and Wet Pipe Sprinkler Systems
M. Conduct Tests on Dry and Wet Pipe Sprinkler Systems
N. Capabilities, Limitations and Design of Sprinkler Systems
O. Local Fire alarm Systems
P. Classification of Fire Alarm Systems
Q. Inspection of Fire Alarm Systems
R. Features of Fire Alarm Systems
S. Fire Alarm Panels and other Equipment
X. Properties of Hazardous Materials
A. Sources of Technical Information on Hazardous Materials
B. Basic Classes of Flammable and Combustible Liquids
C. Properties of Flammable and Combustible Liquids
D. Characteristics of Common Oxidizing Materials and organic Peroxides
E. Characteristics of Common Radioactive Materials
F. Characteristics of Common Toxic Materials
G. Characteristics of Unstable (Reactive) Materials
H. Characteristics of Combustible Metals
I. Characteristics of Combustible Dusts
J. Characteristics of Corrosives
K. Classification of Explosives
L. Technical Information on Explosives
M. Fire Hazards of Plastics
N. D.O.T. Regulatory Labeling and Placarding
XI. Storage and Use of Hazardous Materials
A. Recommended Practices and Procedures for Inside Storage of Flammable and Combustible Materials
B. Recommended Practices and Procedures for Outside Storage of Flammable and Combustible Liquids
C. Acceptable Containers for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
D. Transferring Flammable and Combustible Liquids, Use, Dispensing and Mixing
E. Control of Ignition Sources and Explosive Atmospheres
F. Properties of Compressed, Cryogenic and Liquefied Gases
G. Fire Hazards of Compressed and Liquefied Gases
H. Storage and Transfer Practices of Compressed and Liquefied Gases
I. Regulations for Storage, Handling, and Use of Natural and synthetic Fibers
J. Describe Hazards of Explosives/Fireworks and the Need for Security
K. Describe Sources of Technical Information on Explosives and Fireworks
XII. Fire Investigation
A. Determine Cause and Origin
B. Accidental Fires
C. Arson Fires
XIII. Plan Review
A. Buildings
B. Fire Protection Systems
C. Water Supplies
D. Underground Flammable Liquid Tanks
E. Life Safety Systems
F. Residential Subdivisions
XIV. Records and Reports
A. Property Loss, Death and Injury Reports
B. Record Keeping for Inspection Reports
C. Fire Investigation Reports
D. Computerized Record Keeping
E. Fire Prevention Bureau Effectiveness Reports
I. Lecture  (Modified)
II. Visual Aids
III. Group Discussion and Assignments
IV. Case Studies
V. Field Trips

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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