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Fire Protection Course Descriptions

FIP 120  Introduction to Fire Protection

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

Fire Academy

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

FIP 120 Course Outline

FIP 124  Fire Prevention and Public Education

This course introduces fire prevention concepts as they relate to community and industrial operations. 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. 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 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 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. 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. Topics include torts, 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 their uses as related to fire. 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. This course also assists students in understanding how electrical fires may develop and in conducting electrical fire examinations in the context of NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: MAT 115

Corequisite: None

FIP 160 Course Outline

FIP 160A  Fire Protection/Electrical Lab

This course provides practical applications to support FIP 160. 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. Emphasis is on accident prevention and reporting, personal safety, machine operation, 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. Emphasis is 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. Emphasis is 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. 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 command system as it relates to operations involving various emergencies in fire and non-fire situations. In addition, students study fire strategies as they relate to selected NFPA standards.

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 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 mitigating emergencies at the level of overall scene command. In addition, students study advanced fire strategies as they relate to selected NFPA standards.

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 all requirements of NFPA 1041 and NFPA 1021

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, taxation, audits, and the economic climate. Upon completion, students should be able to comprehend the importance of finance as it applies to the operation of a fire 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. 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. Emphasis is 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 the effective fire service supervisor, 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. Emphasis is 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. In addition, this course assesses critical competencies within the Fire Protection program.

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. 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. 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 the public relations functions of a fire service organization.

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. 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 they relate 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. Emphasis is 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. In addition, students study areas as they relate to selected NFPA standards.

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. Emphasis is 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. Emphasis is on the use of ground forces, aircraft, and extinguishing agents. Upon completion, students should be able to develop strategy and tactics for responding to 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. 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, meeting NFPA 1021.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

FIP 276 Course Outline
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