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2021-2022 College Catalog 
    
2021-2022 College Catalog
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FSC 130 - Strength and Fitness for the Fire Service

1 Credits, 2 Contact Hours
.5 lecture periods 1.5 lab periods

Overview of fitness as it pertains to prospective firefighters. Includes endurance training, flexibility training, strength conditioning and use of equipment in Fire Incident Readiness Evaluation.

Information: Consent of instructor is required before enrolling in this course.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the physical requirements for performing basic firefighting tasks.
  2. Demonstrate proper exercise techniques for specific conditioning programs and perform specific manipulative firefighter tasks.  
  3. Explain the physical and mental aspects of well-being and conditioning and how health and fitness relate to performance, productivity and quality of life in the workplace. Discuss how the aforementioned relate to proper training and effective physical and mental performance.   
  4. Apply skills of physical and mental aspects of performance required in physical agility testing and firefighting and explain the relationship between firefighter fitness evaluations and the physical agility pre-employment tests.
  5. Explain the relationship of proper nutrition to total fitness and explain the impact of protective clothing on the physical performance of firefighters.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Describe the physical requirements for performing basic firefighting tasks.
  2. Explain the relationship of proper nutrition to total fitness.
  3. Explain the impact of protective clothing on the physical performance of firefighters.
  4. Explain the physical and mental aspects of well-being and conditioning.
  5. Demonstrate proper exercise techniques for specific conditioning programs.
  6. Explain the relationship between proper training and effective physical and mental performance.
  7. Apply skills of physical and mental aspects of performance required in physical agility testing and firefighting.
  8. Perform specific manipulative firefighter tasks.
  9. Explain the relationship between firefighter fitness evaluations and the physical agility pre-employment tests.
  10. Contrast and compare firefighter health and fitness to performance, productivity, and quality of life in the workplace.

Outline:
  1. Physical Requirements of Firefighting
    1. Flexibility
    2. Aerobic conditioning
    3. Muscular strength
    4. Muscular endurance
  2. Nutrition
    1. Basic balanced diet
    2. Specialized diets
  3. Firefighting Environment
    1. Micro effects of inside protective clothing
    2. Macro environment of outside protective clothing
  4. Physical Aspects of Well-Being and Conditioning
    1. Exercise principles
      1. General adaptation
      2. Specificity of training
      3. Overload principle
    2. Exercise physiology
      1. Aerobic and anaerobic energy sources
      2. Muscle physiology
      3. Recovery from undertraining and overtraining
      4. Myotatic stretch reflex
      5. Physical effects of environment
      6. Injury prevention
  5. Proper Exercise Techniques
    1. Flexibility
    2. Weight training
    3. Specialized programs
    4. Implementation of organizational programs
  6. Firefighting
    1. Equipment
      1. Hydrant
      2. Ladders
      3. Hose evolutions
      4. Others equipment
  7. Mental Aspects of Performance
    1. Stress model
    2. Relaxation techniques
    3. Focus training
    4. Visualization
    5. Performance keys
    6. Mastering skills
  8. Tasks
    1. Ventilation
    2. Search and rescue
    3. Others
  9. Physical Agility Preparation
    1. Physical and mental fitness
    2. Mastering motor skills
    3. Pre-employment evaluation
  10. Lifelong Fitness and Conditioning
    1. Physiologic change and the aging process
    2. Changes in job requirements


Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/19



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