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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Nassau County Fire Service Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

Essentials of Firefighting

Location: 
Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 30 hours (10 weeks). Version 3: 33 hours (11 weeks). 

Dates: 

Version 1: September 2003 - March 2012. Version 2: April 2012 - March 2018. Version 3: April 2018 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe organization of the fire department; define the role of the firefighter; define the mission of the fire service; identify standard operation procedures; discuss use of ropes, knots and hoisting methods; describe member assistance programs and critical aspects of NFPA 1500; explain key components of fire department communications, fire-ground operations, protective clothing, and SCBA; identify safe procedures for responding to and returning from alarms on apparatus; identify potential hazards involved in operations at emergency scenes; identify forcible entry methods and procedures and personal accountability and emergency evacuation methods; discuss the selection, placement and use of ground ladders; discuss the extinguishment of vehicle fires and of exterior Class A materials; identify search and rescue procedures; explain proper interior fire attack, utilization of sprinkler systems, ventilation, overhaul and property conservation, water supplies, classification of fire, fire scene illumination, utilities control, ground cover fires, fire safety surveys and pre-plan, fire safety education, ladder and hose maintenance. Version 3: All outcomes from Version 1 and 2, with the addition of: students will be able to: identify specific actions to be taken and describe the command structure when called upon by law enforcement officials during active shooter incidents.

Instruction: 

Version 1, 2 and 3: Instruction is provided in a traditional classroom setting and in a distance learning format. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to safely and effectively perform basic firefighting operations as part of a firefighting team.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology (12/08). NOTE: Version 1: If this course and Primary Firefighting are both successfully completed, the credit recommendation for the two courses combined is 4 semester hours (3 lecture and 1 practical) in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology. Version 2 and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology (3/13 revalidation) (4/18 revalidation).   NOTE: Version 2 and 3: If this course and Primary Firefighting are both successfully completed, the credit recommendation for the two courses combined is 5 semester hours (3 lecture and 2 practical) in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology (3/13 revalidation) (4/18 revalidation).

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