Fire Science

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Fire Science
4.0 credits FIRE-111: Firefighter I
Students will obtain basic principles and skills of fire fighting to develop a student with little or no knowledge of fire fighting. This course covers the science of fire and its behavior, exposes the student to the basic principles and skills of fire fighting as well as basic strategies and tactics employed to extinguish fire and rescue trapped people. This course is taught according to NFPA standard 1001 and is for the entry-level firefighter.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
1.0 credits FIRE-113: EMS for the Firefighter
Students will obtain basic understanding of the Emergency Medical Service and learn ways to assist as a firefighter on an EMS incident. The student will learn basic first-aid, CPR and techniques used to extricate and stabilize patients. This course is designed for the entry-level firefighter.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits FIRE-114: Physical Fitness for Firefighters
This course teaches all aspects of fitness for the firefighter. Students will learn how to develop strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility in a participatory learning environment. Students are coached through workouts designed to improve strength in target muscle groups and develop the students' cardiovascular ability and fitness. Priority will be given to Fire Science degree/certificate seeking students. A doctor release and fire science advisor signature is required.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
1.0 credits FIRE-115: Emergency Vehicle Operation
This course shows fire and emergency medical apparatus operators how to use defensive driving techniques to maneuver safely through traffic under severe time constraints and stress. This includes hands on training with a state of the art driving simulator and fire apparatus. This course meets the National Safety Council requirements for driving emergency apparatus. This course meets CEVO and EVOC requirements.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
5.0 credits FIRE-121: Firefighter II
Building on the principals and techniques covered in Fire Fighter I. More advanced fire and rescue techniques, and principals are explored. Basic concepts in fire fighting are expanded upon and more advanced concepts are introduced. This course rounds out the entry-level fire fighter, and discusses the advanced concepts that a competent fire fighter needs to know. This course will be taught according to N.F.P.A. standard 1001. Instructor signature required.
Prerequisites: Take FIRE-111, minimum grade C.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
1.0 credits FIRE-130: Technical Rescue for the Firefighter
Teaching the concepts, techniques, and safety for the standard disciplines of technical rescue in the fire service. The student is taught to the awareness level of high angle rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, and swift water rescue according to NFPA 1670. Basic techniques, equipment, strategies and safety are covered.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits FIRE-131: Rope Rescue Technician
Teaching the concepts, techniques, and safety for the standard disciplines of rope rescue in the fire service. The student is taught to the technician level of high angle rescue according to the NFPA 1670 standard. Techniques, equipment, strategies and safety are covered. Students are given the opportunity to complete extensive hands-on practice.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits FIRE-133: Basic Vehicle Extrication
The student will obtain the basic concepts and skills of vehicle extrication in this course. This course covers incident evaluation and stabilization, use of extrication tools, and victim disentanglement from small passenger type vehicles through lecture and hands-on training.
Prerequisites: Take FIRE-111, minimum grade C.
Offered: FASP
2.0 credits FIRE-141: Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations
Designed to give the entry level firefighter the knowledge and competence to operate on a hazardous materials incident. Covers the identification and recognition of hazardous materials, techniques, for isolating the scene and denying entry into the area, and basic support techniques utilized by firefighters to assist a technical hazardous material entry team. The 40 hour course covers the organizational structure and necessary elements of incident command of a hazardous materials incident.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits FIRE-145: Firefighter Safety and Survival
Students will obtain principles and skills to save themselves and other firefighters at structure fires and other emergency incidents. This course teaches procedures for escape and MAYDAY, basic carries and drags, use of ropes for quick extrication, emergency ladder bail out, breaches, disentanglement and many other tricks of the trade to improve the firefighters chance of survival on the fire ground through hands on reality based training.
Prerequisites: Take FIRE-111, minimum grade C.
Offered: FASP
2.0 credits FIRE-151: Intermediate Fire Lab
This course encompasses the principals and the skills from Fire Fighter I in a practical setting and gives the student practical experience with fire attack, rescue, and all of the support functions associated with fire incidents and fire department response. Students participate in practical evolutions of fire behavior, interior fire attack, car fires, and liquid petroleum fires. Students will be required to provide certified firefighting protective gear.
Prerequisites: Take FIRE-111, minimum grade C.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
5.0 credits FIRE-152: Advanced Fire Lab
This course encompasses the principals and skills from Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II in a practical setting and gives the student practical experience with fire attack, rescue, and all of the support functions associated with fire incidents and fire department response. Students are exposed to practical evolutions starting with singular function assignments, and building to multi-company, multi-functional operations on the fire ground. Students will be required to provide certified firefighting protective gear.
Prerequisites: Take FIRE-111, FIRE-121, and FIRE-151.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits FIRE-161: Basic Wildland Firefighting
This training consists of 4 basic Firefighter courses required by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and provides the training and information required by NWCG. Students who successfully complete the coursework and pass the physical fitness test earn "red card" certification required to work on forest fires or to participate in prescribed fires. This course is a prerequisite for all other wildland fire-related training and employment.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits FIRE-162: Firefighter Type 1 Training -S131/S135
Firefighter Type 1, S131/S135, is designed to meet the training needs of the Wildland Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives and class discussion. Topics include: fire line reference materials, communications, and tactical decisions.
Prerequisites: Take FIRE-161, minimum grade C.
Offered: DMND
3.0 credits FIRE-215: Fire Instructor I
This is an upper level course designed for individuals in the fire service who face the unique challenges of instructing and implementing both classroom and practical classes. The course deals with safety, legal, psychology, planning, methodology and lesson plans, practical training and NFPA standards, media and technology.
Offered: DMND
3.0 credits FIRE-216: Fire Instructor II
This course addresses NFPA 1041 competencies at the Fire Service Instructor II level. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to develop individual lesson plans for a specific topic, including identifying learning objectives, instructional aids, and evaluation instruments; to schedule training sessions based on an overall training plan for their organization; and to supervise and coordinate the activities of other instructors.
Prerequisites: FIRE-215
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-222: Industrial Firefighting
Students will obtain basic knowledge and skills required to fight fires in an industrial setting. Students will be trained in accordance to NFPA standards 600 and 1001. Students will be required to provide certified firefighting protective gear.
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-232: Basic Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator
Students will obtain basic principles and skills of driving and operating fire department pumper apparatus. This course is taught according to NFPA standard 1002. This course is for entry-level apparatus operators.
Prerequisites: FIRE-111
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-234: Adv Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Adv Pumping
Students will continue where FIRE 232 left off learning advanced principles and skills of driving and operating fire department pumper apparatus. Students will learn pump and friction calculations and be able to put them into practical use. This course is taught according to NFPA standard 1002.
Prerequisites: FIRE-232
Offered: DMND
4.0 credits FIRE-240: Firefighter I Skills Lab
In this course the student will demonstrate proficiency in the skills required for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 1001-Professional Competencies for Firefighters-Firefighter I. Students will build confidence by having the opportunity to actually perform those competencies and skills taught in previous classes under simulated or actual emergencies.
Prerequisites: FIRE-111
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits FIRE-242: Firefighter II Skills Lab
In this course the student will demonstrate proficiency in the skills required for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 1001-Professional Competencies for Firefighters-Firefighter II. Students will build confidence by having the opportunity to actually perform those competencies and skills taught in previous classes under simulated or actual emergencies.
Prerequisites: FIRE-121
Offered: FASP
4.0 credits FIRE-246: Fire Fighting Equipment & Apparatus Lab
Provides student with a level of proficiency and knowledge about the tools and equipment used in firefighting. Teaches the specifications, capabilities and correct operation of firefighting apparatus. Completion will give the student a knowledge and proficiency in operation and maintenance of all firefighting equipment on apparatus, as well as the apparatus itself.
Prerequisites: FIRE-121
Offered: FASP
1.0 credits FIRE-248: Basic Fire Lab
This course encompasses knowledge and skills that have been taught in previous classes. This class will allow the students extensive hands on practice operating in various fire fighting scenarios. Students will be required to provide certified firefighting protective gear.
Prerequisites: FIRE-111
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-252: Incident Safety Officer
This course will examine safety officer's role during emergency response situations, with a focus on operations within an Incident Command System (ICS). Participants should have a working knowledge of ICS, building construction principles, hazardous materials management, applicable NFPA guidelines, and federal regulations.
Prerequisites: FIRE-121
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-255: Fire Safety-Save Your Own
Instructs firefighters with the information and skills needed to recognize conditions that contribute to firefighter injury and fatalities. This includes 16 hours of lecture, and 25 hours of lab time. Topics covered in the lecture/classroom portion include fatality rates, federal mandates, fire ground communication, fire fighter entanglement and the formation of RIT teams.
Prerequisites: FIRE-111
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-261: Fire Service Strategy and Tactics
This course explores firefighting strategy and tactics, methods of fire attack, and pre-fire planning. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of fire control principles as well as how to utilize personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground. This course also discusses special situations such as transportation emergencies and fires, high-rise fires, below-ground incidents, and confined space incidents.
Prerequisites: FIRE-121
Offered: DMND
3.0 credits FIRE-262: Fire Officer I
Covers such topics as the role of fire officers, safety and wellness of fire personnel. This includes recognizing and managing cultural diversity, problem solving, community awareness, public relations, fire cause determination, and effective communication. Methods of instruction include lecture, case studies, quizzes and a final exam.
Prerequisites: FIRE-121
Offered: DMND
3.0 credits FIRE-265: Fire Officer II
This course covers human resources management, managing affirmative action, government agencies, budgetary process and information management systems, health and safety, public fire education, specialized fire protection equipment, strategic planning, and tactics.
Prerequisites: FIRE-262
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-268: Initial Attack Incident Commander - S200
This course is designed to meet the training needs of the ICT4. It is presented in a discussion/exercise format. The six instructional units cover: Foundation Skills, Intelligence Gathering and Documentation, Size Up the Incident, Develop a Plan of Action, Port-fire Activities, Evaluating Incident Objectives, and Manage the Incident. Evaluation of the student is by unit tests and performance based evaluations.
Prerequisites: FIRE-161
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-272: Swiftwater Rescue Technician
This course will prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in moving water emergencies. Topics will include planning, personal protective equipment, search parameters, incident action plans, surface rescue techniques, advanced rope systems, and use of watercraft and helicopters in water rescue operations. Students will participate in moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills.
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-273: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician
This course builds on techniques learned in FIRE 272 Swiftwater Rescue Technician. Students are exposed to more complex water rescue situations including a mock night river rescue scenario. This course involves classroom and extensive hands-on activities.
Prerequisites: FIRE-131 and FIRE-272
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-274: Confined Space Technician
This course will give participants a working knowledge of the OSHA standard regarding confined-space rescues in order to help them facilitate operations with industry and other agencies involved with such rescues. Participants can expect to learn concepts and practical applications that will affect safe rescues in this unique and potentially hazardous situation. This course meets 29 CFR 1910.146 requirements, as well as NFPA 1006.
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-275: Confined Space for the Rescue Technician
This course will give participants a working knowledge of the OSHA standard regarding confined-space rescues in order to help them facilitate operations with industry and other agencies involved with such rescues. This course meets 29 CFR 1910.146 requirements, as well as NFPA 1006.
Prerequisites: FIRE-131
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-276: Advanced Vehicle Extrication
This course builds off of FIRE 133 Basic Vehicle Extrication into the advanced skills for vehicle extrication. The students will be exposed to practical evolutions and learn principles and skills needed for heavy truck and bus extrication.
Prerequisites: FIRE-133
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-278: Trench Rescue
This program teaches rescuers trench rescue operations, trench collapse, soil types, federal regulations, ICS, preplanning, hazard recognition and control, patient assessment and treatment consideration, stabilization, and rescue and recovery, proper shoring techniques utilizing timber and specialized equipment. Both classroom lesson plans and hands-on practices will give the student a well-rounded understanding of the typical trench collapse.
Offered: DMND
4.0 credits FIRE-280: Firefighter Career Internship
The instructor will guide the student through a project to accomplish functions required in the firefighting career. This educationally based experience will help the student make the transition from training environment to operating as a fully functioning firefighter.
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-281: Portable Pumps & Water Use S-211
The course consists of three skill areas: supply, delivery, and application of water. Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of correct water use, basic hydraulics, and equipment care. The field exercise requires set up, operation, and maintenance of pump equipment. To receive credit for this course, students must have field work observed and approved, and take a closed book written exam.
Prerequisites: FIRE-161
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-282: Wildland Chain Saws - S212
The course lessons provide introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Field exercises support entry level training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations.
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-283: Fire Operations Wildland/Urban Interface
This course is designed to assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface. Instructional units include: Interface Awareness, Size-Up, Initial Strategy and Incident Action Plan, Structure Triage, Structure Protection Tactics, Incident Action Plan Assessment and Update, Follow-Up and Public Relations, and Firefighter Safety in the Interface.
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-284: Driving Wildland Fire Service S216
This training course is designed to provide the student with the prerequisite knowledge and skills necessary to perform the tasks of the vehicle operator in the Wildland Fire Service. A significant portion of the course time is devoted to actual hands on driving exercises for the students.
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-285: Crew Boss - S230
This is a classroom course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of duties associated with the single resource boss position from initial dispatch through demobilization to the home unit. Topics include: Operational Leadership, Preparation and Mobilization, Assignment Preparation, Risk Management, Entrapment Avoidance, Safety and Tactics, Offline Duties, Demobilization, and Post Incident Responsibilities.
Prerequisites: FIRE-161
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-286: Engine Boss - S231
This is a skills course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of the duties associated with engine boss, single resource (ENGB). Topics include: Engine and Crew Capabilities and Limitations, Information Sources, Fire Size-Up Considerations, Tactics, and Wildland/Urban Interface.
Prerequisites: FIRE-161
Offered: DMND
2.0 credits FIRE-287: Wildland Ignition Specialist S234
This is an entry-level course providing training in the functional roles and responsibilities connected with firing operations. The course covers planning, ignition procedures and techniques, and equipment applicable to wildland and prescribed fire. This course also addresses the role of the ignition specialist or firing boss as the organization manages escalation from a non-complex to a complex fire situation.
Prerequisites: FIRE-161
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-288: Interagency Business Management S260
This course meets the general training needs of all positions for which an understanding of interagency incident business management is required. The Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook, PMS 902, is used as the primary job aid to supplement this course. It provides basic policy and direction for incident business management.
Offered: DMND
1.0 credits FIRE-289: Basic Air Operations S270
This course covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas.
Offered: DMND
1.0 - 9.0 credits FIRE-295: SPTO: (Special Topics)
Special or specific topic course to meet the needs of students. Topics and credits are announced in the Schedule of Classes. These courses may be used as electives for Associate degree requirements. May be repeated one or more times for additional credit. No more than 6 credits of special topic courses can be used toward a degree.

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