Fire Protection Course Descriptions

FIP 120  Introduction to Fire Protection

This course provides an overview of the development, methods, systems and regulations that apply to the fire protection field. Topics include history, evolution, statistics, suppression, organizations, careers, curriculum, and related subjects. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the fire protection field.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 120 Course OutlineFire Academy

FIP 124  Fire Prevention and Public Education

This course introduces fire prevention concepts as they relate to community and industrial operations referenced in NFPA standard 101. Topics include the development and maintenance of fire prevention programs, educational programs, and inspection programs. Upon completion, students should be able to research, develop, and present a fire safety program to a citizens or industrial group.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 124 Course Outline

FIP 128  Detection and Investigation

This course covers procedures for determining the origin and cause of accidental and incendiary fires referenced in NFPA standard 921. Topics include collection and preservation of evidence, detection and determination of accelerants, courtroom procedure and testimony, and documentation of the fire scene. Upon completion, students should be able to conduct a competent fire investigation and present those findings to appropriate officials or equivalent, meeting NFPA 1021. This course is also available through the Virtual Learning Community (VLC).

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 128 Course Outline

FIP 132  Building Construction

This course covers the principles and practices reference in NFPA standard 220 related to various types of building construction, including residential and commercial, as impacted by fire conditions. Topics include types of construction and related elements, fire-resistive aspects of construction materials, building codes, collapse, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and recognize various types of construction and their positive or negative aspects as related to fire conditions.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 132 Course Outline

FIP 136  Inspection and Codes

This course covers the fundamentals of fire and building codes and procedures to conduct an inspection referenced in NFPA standard 1730. Topics include review of fire and building codes, writing inspection reports, identifying hazards, plan reviews, site sketches, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to conduct a fire code compliance inspection and produce a written report, meeting NFPA 1021.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 136 Course Outline: Not Available

FIP 144  Sprinklers and Automatic Alarms

This course introduces various types of automatic sprinklers, standpipes, and fire alarm systems. Topics include wet or dry systems, testing and maintenance, water supply requirements, fire detection and alarm systems, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of various sprinkler and alarm systems as well as required inspection and maintenance. In addition, students study sprinkler systems and automatic alarms as they relate to selected NFPA standards.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 144 Course Outline

FIP 152  Fire Protection Law

This course covers fire protection law as referenced in NFPA standard 1. Topics include legal terms, contracts, liability, review of case histories, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss laws, codes, and ordinances as they relate to fire protection.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 152 Course Outline

FIP 160  Fire Protection/Electrical

This course covers the methods and means of electrical installations and uses as related to fire referenced in NFPA standard 70. Topics include basic electrical theories, wiring methods, electrical components and circuitry, and an introduction to the National Electrical Code. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of electricity, including its uses, characteristics, and hazards.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: MAT 110
Corequisite: None
FIP 160 Course Outline

FIP 160A  Fire Protection/Electrical Lab

This course provides practical applications in electrical installations referenced in NFPA standard 70. Topics include switching devices, basic circuits, electrical distribution, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic electrical equipment and hazards as related to fire protection.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: FIP 160
FIP 160A Course Outline

FIP 164  OSHA Standards

This course covers public and private sector OSHA work site requirements referenced in NFPA standard 1250. Emphasis is placed on accident prevention and reporting, personal safety, machine operations, and hazardous material handling. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze and interpret specific OSHA regulations and write workplace policies designed to achieve compliance.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 164 Course Outline

FIP 180  Wildland Fire Behavior

This course covers the principles of wildland fire behavior and meteorology referenced in NFPA standard 1143. Emphasis is placed on fire calculations, fuels, and related weather effects. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate and apply fire behavior theories through written and performance evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 180 Course Outline

FIP 188  Introduction to Wildland Fires

This course introduces basic wildland fire suppression functions referenced in NFPA standard 1143. Emphasis is placed on the operation of tools, equipment, aircraft, and basic fire suppression methods. Upon completion, students should be able to understand basic theories in wildland fire suppression and demonstrate them through written and performance evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 188 Course Outline

FIP 220  Fire Fighting Strategies

This course provides preparation for command of initial incident operations involving emergencies within both the public and private sector referenced in NFPA standards 1561, 1710, and 1720. Topics include incident management, fire-ground tactics and strategies, incident safety, and command/control of emergency operations. Upon completion, students should be able to describe the initial incident system as it relates to operations involving various emergencies in fire and non-fire situations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 220 Course Outline

FIP 221  Advanced Fire Fighting Strategies

This course covers command-level operations for multi-company/agency operations involving fire and non-fire emergencies. Topics include advanced use of the Incident Command System (ICS), advanced incident analysis, command-level fire operations, and control of both manmade and natural major disasters. Upon completion, students should be able to describe proper and accepted systems for the mitigation of emergencies at the level of overall scene command. s.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: FIP 220
Corequisite: None
FIP 221 Course Outline

FIP 224  Instructional Methodology

This course covers the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to train others in fire service operations. Topics include planning, presenting, and evaluating lesson plans, learning styles, use of media, communication, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to meet the requirements of the Fire Instructor I and II objectives from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 4; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 224 Course Outline: Not available

FIP 228  Local Government Finance

This course introduces local governmental financial principles and practices. Topics include budget preparation and justification, revenue policies, statutory requirements, audits, and the economic climate. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend the importance of finance as it applies to the operations of a department.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 228 Course Outline

FIP 230  Chemistry of Hazardous Materials I

This course covers the evaluation of hazardous materials referenced in NFPA standard 1072. Topics include use of the periodic table, hydrocarbon derivatives, placards and labels, parameters of combustion, and spill and leak mitigation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the chemical behavior of hazardous materials.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 5; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 5
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 230 Course Outline

FIP 232  Hydraulics and Water Distribution

This course covers the flow of fluids through fire hoses, nozzles, appliances, pumps, standpipes, water mains, and other devices reference in NFPA standard 25. Emphasis is placed on supply and delivery systems, fire flow testing, hydraulic calculations, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to perform hydraulic calculations, conduct water availability tests, and demonstrate knowledge of water distribution systems.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: MAT 115
Corequisite: None
FIP 232 Course Outline

FIP 236  Emergency Management

This course covers the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Topics include organizing for emergency management, coordinating for community resources, public sector liability, and the roles of government agencies at all levels. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of comprehensive emergency management and the integrated emergency management system. In addition, students study areas of emergency management as they relate to selected NFPA standards.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 236 Course Outline

FIP 240  Fire Service Supervision

This course covers supervisory skills and practices in the fire protection field. Topics include the supervisor's job, supervision skills, the changing work environment, managing change, organizing for results, discipline and grievances, and safety. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of effective fire service supervision, meeting elements of NFPA 1021.

Class Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 240 Course Outline

FIP 244  Fire Protection Project

This course provides an opportunity to apply knowledge covered in previous courses to employment situations that the fire protection professional will encounter referenced in NFPA standard 1001. Emphasis is placed on the development of comprehensive and professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fire protection service through written and performance evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 244 Course Outline

FIP 248  Fire Service Personnel Administration

This course covers the basics of setting up and administering the personnel functions of fire protection organizations refereced in NFPA standard 1021. Emphasis is placed on human resource planning, classification and job analysis, equal opportunity employment, affirmative action, recruitment, retention, development, performance evaluation, and assessment centers. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the personnel function as it relates to managing fire protection.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 248 Course Outline

FIP 256  Municipal Public Relations

This course is a general survey of municipal public relations and their effect on the governmental process referenced in NFPA standard 1035. Topics include principles of public relations, press releases, press conferences, public information officers, image surveys, and the effects of perceived service on fire protection delivery. Upon completion, students should be able to manage public relations functions of organizations which meet elements of NFPA 1021 for Fire Officer I and II.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 256 Course Outline

FIP 260  Fire Protection Planning

This course covers the need for a comprehensive approach to fire protection planning referenced in NFPA standards 424 and 1620. Topics include the planning process, using an advisory committee, establishing goals and objectives, and techniques used to approve and implement a plan. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and principles of planning as it relates to fire protection.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 260 Course Outline

FIP 264  Flame Propagation and Materials Rating

This course covers the role of interior finishes in fires, smoke obscuration and density, flame spread, pyrolysis, and other related topics referenced in NFPA standard 1001. Emphasis is placed on testing equipment which includes Rack Impingement, Bench Furnace, and the two-foot tunnel. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the operation of the testing equipment and compile a reference notebook.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 4
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 264 Course Outline: Not available

FIP 268  Wildland Fire Management

This course introduces wildland fire organization and management referenced in NFPA standard 1143. Emphasis is placed on the Incident Command System and the National Interagency Management System. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and apply the Incident Command System and the National Interagency Management System through written evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 268 Course Outline: Not available

FIP 272  Wildland Fire Strategy

This course covers wildland fire strategy and the determination of appropriate wildland fire tactics referenced in NFPA standard 1143. Emphasis is placed on the use of ground forces, aircraft, and extinguishing agents. Upon completion, students should be able to develop strategy and tactics for a wildland fire through written and performance evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 272 Course Outline: Not available

FIP 276  Managing Fire Services

This course provides an overview of fire department operative services referenced in NFPA standard 1021. Topics include finance, staffing, equipment, code enforcement, management information, specialized services, legal issues, planning, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to understand concepts and apply fire department management and operations principles.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
FIP 276 Course Outline

 

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