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FSA 102 - Principle of Emergency Services

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course provides an overview to fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; 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 tactics and strategy.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe and discuss the components of the history and philosophy of the modern fire service.
  2. Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical reaction, the major phases of fire and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
  3. Differentiate between fire service training and education; fire protection certificate program and fire service degree program; and explain the value of education in fire service.
  4. List and describe the major organizations that provide emergency response services and how they relate.
  5. Identify the fire protection and emergency service careers in both the public and in the private sectors.
  6. Synthesize the role of national, state and local support organizations in fire protection and emergency services.
  7. Discuss and describe the scope, purpose and organizational structure of fire and emergency services.
  8. Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment and apparatus.
  9. Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.
  10. Identify and explain the components of fire prevention including code enforcement, public information and public/private fire protection systems.
  11. Recognize the components of career preparation and goal setting.
  12. Describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services.
Listed Topics
  1. History and philosophy of modern day fire service
  2. Basic components and major phases of fire
  3. Fire spread and fire behavior
  4. Fire service training and education and the value of education in fire service
  5. Emergency response services organizations
  6. Fire protection and emergency service careers
  7. Fire protection and emergency services support organizations
  8. Scope, purpose and structure of fire and emergency services
  9. Fire and emergency service facilities, equipment and apparatus
  10. Management concepts in emergency situations
  11. Components of fire prevention
  12. Wellness and fitness
Reference Materials
Current editions of:
Introduction to Fire Protection, Robert Klinoff, Delmar
Introduction to Fire Science, Loren Bush, Glencoe
Fire Protection Handbook, National Fire Protection Association
Principles of Fire Protection, Bugbee & Cote, NFPA
Firefighters Handbook, Delmar
Fire Service Orientation and Terminology, IFSTA
Approved By: Murphy, Michael Date Approved: 06/17/2004

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