Course Summary
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6 days (42 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 fire science


The course objective is for Incident Commanders (ICs) to recognize the need for fire protection systems and the importance of relying on them to provide specific fire protection. ICs will understand the different types and functions of fire protections systems available. The IC and the fire scene will know what fire protection systems are available, where they are located, how they work, and how to overcome common failures. ICs will recognize the importance in using the pre-incident planning process and the PIP to make informed strategic and tactical decisions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • recognize the importance of having prior knowledge of the fire protection systems in a building
  • recognize the importance of pre-incident planning in making appropriate decisions in specific emergency situations
  • describe the benefits of pre-incident planning and the relationship between these activities and the effective use of fire protection systems
  • identify the value and performance capabilities of many of the passive fire protection features installed in buildings and facilities
  • describe the role of fire alarm systems in life safety, fire protection, and fire control
  • describe the strategic and tactical roles of water-based systems in fire control and suppression
  • identify the types of smoke management systems, their locations in buildings, how they operate, and their roles in strategic and tactical efforts
  • recognize the role of specialty systems in fire protection
  • explain the need to identify special hazards and how they affect the Pre-Incident Plan (PIP);
  • demonstrate the ability to develop a Pre-Incident Plan (PIP) and present it to a multi-company drill environment.

General Course Topics:

  • Purpose of fire protection systems
  • Decision-making
  • Pre-incident planning benefits
  • Passive fire protection systems
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Water-based protection systems
  • Smoke control systems
  • Specialty systems
  • Special hazards and trends
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations

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Supplemental Materials