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FSA 106 - Elements of Building Construction

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: FSA 102  or equivalent

This course delineates the components of building construction that pertain to fire and life safety. The focus of this course is on fire fighter safety. The elements of building construction and design of structures are shown to be the key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations and operating at incidents.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection and firefighting strategy and tactics.
  2. Classify major types of building construction.
  3. Analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building construction.
  4. Explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships.
  5. Identify the principal structural components of buildings and demonstrate an understanding of the function of each.
  6. Differentiate between fire resistance and flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each.
  7. Identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety.
  8. Define the characteristics of water as a fire suppression agent.
  9. Compare other methods and techniques of fire extinguishments.
Listed Topics
  1. Building construction regarding firefighter safety, codes, fire prevention and code inspection
  2. Firefighting strategy and tactics
  3. Types of building construction
  4. Hazards and other considerations relating to building construction types
  5. Building loads and stresses
  6. Structural components of buildings and their functions
  7. Fire resistance and flame spread, testing procedures and ratings
  8. Structural failure indicators and firefighter safety
  9. Fire suppressant agents
  10. Fire extinguishments
Reference Materials
Current editions of:
Building Construction for the Fire Service. Gtsmvod Ntsmmohsm. NFPA
Building Construction for the Fire Service, IFSTA
CD-ROM - USFA: Building Construction: Combustible and Non-Combustible
Approved By: Murphy, Michael Date Approved: 06/17/2004

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