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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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FSC 126 - Fire Protection Systems in the Fire Service

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

Introduction to fire protection systems in the fire service. Includes features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppressions systems, water supply for fire protection, and portable fire extinguishers.

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. Describe all aspects of sprinkler systems to include components, flow testing and maintenance for residential and commercial systems.
  2. Define the terms of fire detection system and fire suppression system.
  3. Identify the various types of detectors to include fixed-temperature heat, rate-of-rise heat, smoke, flame, fire-gas, and other detection devices.
  4. Describe pump components and accessories require for the installation of a fire pump.
  5. Identify the different classes of standpipe systems and their intended use.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Describe principles and characteristics of suppression agents.
  2. Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system including the sources, distribution networks, piping and hydrants.
  3. Identify the different types and components of sprinkler, standpipe, and foam systems.
    1. Describe the types and components of standpipe systems.
    2. Explain the inspection, testing and maintenance of standpipe systems.
    3. Name the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that deal with standpipe systems.
    4. Describe the types and components of fire pumps.
    5. Explain how to conduct a flow test for a fire pump installation.
    6. Name the NFPA standards that deal with fixed fire pumps.
  4. Describe the elements of residential and commercial sprinkler legislation.
  5. Identify the different types of non-water based fire suppression systems.
  6. Explain the basic components of a fire alarm system.
    1. Describe the types and components of fire alarm and detection systems.
    2. Name the NFPA standards that deal with fire alarm and detection systems.
  7. Identify the different types of detectors and explain how they detect fire.
  8. Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures
  9. Explain why water is a commonly used extinguishing agent.
  10. Discuss the appropriate application of fire protection systems.
  11. Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building.
  12. Explain the operation and appropriate application for the different types of portable fire protections systems.
    1. Explain the criteria for locating fire extinguishers in a business.
    2. Identify the appropriate extinguishing agent with a specific type of fire.

  1. Introduction to Fire Protection Systems
    1. The role fire protection systems play in protecting life
      1. Safety and welfare
      2. General public and firefighters
    2. Overview of the different types of fire protection systems
    3. The role of codes and standards in fire protection system design
  2. Suppression Agents and Principles
    1. Combustion
    2. Suppression
  3. Water Supply Systems for Fire Protection Systems
    1. Sources for fire protection water supply
    2. Distribution networks
    3. Piping
    4. Hydrants
    5. Utility company interface with the fire department
  4. Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems
    1. Properties of water
      1. Water as an effective extinguishing agent
      2. How water extinguishes fire
    2. Sprinkler systems
      1. Types of systems and applications
      2. Types of sprinklers and applications
      3. Piping, valves, hangers and alarm devices
      4. Fire department operations in buildings with sprinkler systems
    3. Residential sprinkler systems
    4. Residential and commercial sprinkler legislation
    5. Standpipe systems
      1. Types and applications
      2. Fire department operations in buildings with standpipes
    6. Foam systems
    7. Water mist systems
    8. Fire pump
      1. Types
      2. Components
      3. Operation
      4. Fire pump curves
  5. Non-Water Based Fire Suppression Systems
    1. Carbon dioxide systems
      1. Applications
      2. Extinguishing properties
      3. System components
    2. Halogenated Systems
      1. Halon 1301 and the environment
      2. Halon alternatives
      3. Extinguishing properties
      4. System components
    3. Dry/wet chemical extinguishing systems
      1. Extinguishing properties
      2. Applications
      3. UL 300
  6. Fire Alarm Systems
    1. Components
    2. Types of fire alarm systems
    3. Detectors
      1. Smoke
      2. Heat
      3. Flame
    4. Audible and visual devices
    5. Alarm monitoring
    6. Testing and maintenance of fire alarm systems
  7. Smoke Management Systems
    1. Hazards of smoke
    2. Smoke movement in buildings
    3. Types of smoke management systems
    4. Firefighter operations in buildings with smoke management systems
  8. Portable Fire Extinguishers
    1. Types and Applications
      1. Foam
      2. Carbon Oxygen (CO2)
      3. Dry chemical
      4. Halogen
      5. Explosion suppression
      6. Specialized
    2. Selection
    3. Placement
    4. Maintenance
    5. Portable fire extinguisher operations

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/19

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