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FIRE 2903

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Aircraft Fire Protection
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is a study of aircraft fire protection and safety including types of aircraft, engines, fuels and fuel systems, hydraulic, electrical and oxygen systems, on-board extinguishing systems, firefighting and rescue apparatus, extinguishing agents, cargo and pre-fire planning.
Aircraft Fire Protection and Rescue Procedures, 2nd edition, published by the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA).

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to display an understanding of Aircraft Fire Protection Safety techniques. The course will familiarize students with:
a. Different types of aircraft, aircraft engines, and aircraft systems.
b. Specialized fire fighting and rescue apparatus, forcible entry tools, and protective clothing
c. Airport operations covering familiarization of airport and surrounding area, fire department training, ground activities, ground fire prevention, fire prevention during fueling operations, and fire station activities
d. Planning and communications, pre-incident planning and aircraft fire and rescue communications.
e. Aircraft fire fighting and rescue procedures
f. Extinguishing agents
g. Types of aircraft incidents, explosive cargo and nuclear weapons, fighting aircraft fire
h. Post-incident operations.
i. Federal Aviation Administration directives and procedures, National Fire Protection Association guidelines, State of Georgia airport firefighting requirements and current information on aircraft crash, equipment and new procedures.

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 Aircraft Fire Protection 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 airport and aircraft 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 basic chemistry principles. Analysis of graphically presented material such as The Emergency Response Guidebook, 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 communications by identifying and evaluating aircraft situations by radio.

Course Content
1. Airport Familiarization
2. Incident Management System
3. Communications
4. Airport & Aircraft Practices
5. Fire Suppression
6. Aircraft Familiarization
7. Aircraft Fuels
8. Extinguishing Agents
9. Fire Stream Practices (exterior & interior)
10. Rescue
11. Gaining Access
12. Triage
13. Post Emergency Operations
14. Emergency Planning

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 2903 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 2903 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:
   the course as a whole
   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?

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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