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FSC 101 - Principles of Emergency Services

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Introduction to fire protection and emergency services. Includes career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, culture and history of emergency services, fire loss analysis, organization and function of public and private fire protection services, and fire departments as part of local government. Also includes laws and regulations affecting the fire service, fire service nomenclature, specific fire protection functions, basic fire chemistry and physics, introduction to fire protection systems, introduction to fire strategy and tactics, and life safety initiatives.

Information: This class is in compliance with the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model curriculum.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Define the history and culture of the fire service, the role of support organizations, and the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services.
  2. Identify fire protection and emergency-service careers in both the public and private sector and compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.
  3. Identify the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus and organizations that provide emergency response services.
  4. Recognize the components of career preparation, goal setting, wellness and fitness, and differentiate between fire service training and education.
  5. Explain the components of fire prevention and types of fire protection systems.
  6. 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.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Identify fire protection and emergency-service careers in both the public and private sector.
  2. Differentiate between fire service training and education, and the value of higher education to the professionalization of the fire service.
  3. Illustrate and explain the history and culture of the fire service.
  4. Identify and explain the components of fire prevention including code enforcement, public information, and public and private fire protection systems.
  5. 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.
  6. Identify and compare different types of building design and construction methods.
  7. Define the various fire detection and suppression systems.
  8. Define the role of national, state, and local support organizations in fire and emergency services.
  9. Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus.
  10. List and describe the major organizations that provide emergency response service and illustrate how they interrelate.
  11. Describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services.
  12. Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.
  13. Discuss and describe the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services.
  14. Recognize the components of career preparation and goal setting.

Outline:
  1. Careers in the Fire Protection/Emergency Services
    1. Opportunities/private, industrial, local, municipal, state, and federal
    2. Pay, hours of duty, benefits, promotion, and retirement qualifications
    3. Work ethics and human relations education training 
      1. Certificates
      2. Degrees
      3. Selection process
  2. History
    1. Evolution of the fire protection
    2. The U.S. fire problem: life and property
  3. Fire Prevention and Public Fire Education
    1. Fire investigation
    2. Code enforcement
    3. Public education
  4. Scientific Terminology
    1. Fire behavior
    2. Flammability and characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases
  5. Building Design and Construction
  6. Fire Detection and Suppression Systems
  7. The Role of Public and Private Support Organizations
    1. Local
    2. State
    3. Federal and national
    4. International
  8. Fire and Emergency Services Equipment and Facilities
  9. Management
    1. Emergency operations
    2. Organizational structure of fire and emergency services


Effective Term:
Fall 2015



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