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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

Primary Firefighting

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

Version 1: 36 hours (12 weeks). Version 2 and 3: 48 hours. Version 4: 56 hours. 

Dates: 

Version 1: September 2003 - September 2011. Version 2: October 2011 - March 2012. Version 3: April 2012 -  February 2019. Version 4: March 2019 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: properly don and doff personal protective clothing and SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus); hoist tools and equipment using ropes and knots; locate information in department documents and standard or code materials; operate fire department communications equipment; utilize fire-ground operations; identify and evaluate fire-ground hazards; utilize SCBA during emergency operations; safely mount and dismount fire apparatus; set up and operate in protected work areas; use hand and power tools to force entry; operate in hazardous areas as a member of a team; demonstrate a variety of ladder carries; set-up and utilize ground ladders; safely attack vehicle fires; operate hand lines and master streams; conduct search and rescue operations as a member of a team; attack structural fires; advance charged and uncharged hose lines; perform vertical and horizontal ventilations using hand and power tools; perform overhaul and property conservation operations; connect a pumper to various water supplies; operate portable fire extinguishers to safely extinguish Class A Class B and Class C fires; safely operate mobile generating equipment to illuminate fire-ground operations; control and extinguish ground cover fires; clean and maintain various fire department equipment including ladders and hoses; connect to and operate dry and wet sprinkler systems. Version 2 and 3: In addition to the above outcomes, students will be able to: identify and describe the basic principles of combustion; identify and describe the three methods of heat transfer; identify and describe the phases of burning; understand the difference between Flashover and backdraft; identify the five classifications of building construction; understand how fire, smoke and heat travel within these structures due to their construction; identify conditions that require SCBA;demonstrate donning and doffing of SCBA; regularly check remote gauge to determine amount of air remaining; demonstrate Emergency Escape Procedures and harness conversion; demonstrate primary Search, Reduced Profile and Swim; demonstrate relief of nozzle team and secondary search; demonstrate proper response to low air alarm; demonstrate proper use of portable radios with SCBA; demonstrate the ability to quickly find and remove a downed firefighter; explain vehicle construction and its fuels and the associated hazards they present; gain access to a vehicle to suppress a fire using basic firefighting and rescue techniques; identify proper apparatus placement for a vehicle fire incident; and identify various types of Hybrid Vehicles and describe hazards associated with each. Version 4: In addition to the above outcomes, students will be able to conduct a primary search in a live fire environment operating as a member of a team wearing full Personal Protective Equipment; demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to be certified by the American Heart Association in the performance of CPR and the use of the AED; and demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to be certified by the American Heart Association as a First Aid Provider.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Proficiency in various required skills including: donning and doffing personal protective clothing and SCBA; hoisting tools and equipment using ropes and knots; locating information in Department documents and standards or code materials; operating fire department communications equipment; fire ground operations; identifying and evaluating fire-ground hazards; utilizing SCBA during emergency operations; safely mounting and dismounting fire apparatus; setting up and operating in protected work areas; the use of hand and power tools to force entry; operating in and and exiting hazardous areas as a team; ladder carries; setting up and utilizing ground ladders; safely attacking vehicle fires; operating hand lines and master streams; conducting search and rescue operations as a member of a team; attacking structural fires; advancing charged and uncharged hose lines; performing vertical and horizontal ventilations using hand and power tools; performing overhaul and property conservation operations; connecting a pumper to various water supplies; operating portable fire extinguishers to safely extinguish Class A, Class B, and Class C fires; safely operate mobile generating equipment to illuminate fire-ground operations; controlling and extinguishing ground cover fires; conduct fire safety surveys and develop preplans; clean and maintain various fire department equipment including ladders and hoses; connect to and operate dry and wet sprinkler systems. Version 2 and 3: In addition to the above topics, students also participate in a Fire Behavior Lab and cover Mask Confidence and Vehicle Fire skills. Version 4: In addition to the above topics, students will conduct a primary search in a live fire environment, perform adult CPR, use an AED, perform child CPR, perform infant CPR and clear obstructed airways. Using correct procedures and precautions students will address a variety of Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology (12/08). NOTE: Version 1 and 2: If this course and Essentials of 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 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection (3/13 revalidation) (4/18 revalidation).  NOTE: Version 3: If this course and Essentials of 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). Version 4: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection (3/19 administrative review.  NOTE: Version 4: If this course and Essentials of 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 (3/19 administrative review). 

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