Fire Ground Operations
Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences
September 2020 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Explain the Fire Service Mission and Organization, structures and principles; understand Fire Department regulations, policies and procedures; describe Operational Safety and Scene Management; understand Receiving Emergency Calls and Radio Communications; identify types of Building Construction along with Construction Classifications; define and understand Fire Dynamics, Fire Science, the Stages of Fire Development and all terminology; use Personal Protective Equipment and SCBA properly; define and list all the types of Portable Fire Extinguishers while correctly identifying which ones to select and use; demonstrate tying a variety of knots and hitches along with hoisting various tools, utilizing the Life Saving Rope; identify types of ground ladders along with recognizing and demonstrating Ladder Safety guidelines, raising to carrying to securing portable ladders; perform the basic principles of Forcible Entry, use and identify the various forcible entry tools; properly perform search and rescue procedures under simulated conditions; understand the reasons and safety considerations when performing ventilation, distinguish between horizontal and vertical ventilation; identify Fire Hose and understand the importance of its inspection, care and maintenance, demonstrate hose rolls and hose loads; demonstrate supplying water, advance hose lines and apply hose streams; understand the Science behind Fire Suppression, Structural Fire attack, Building Utilities and Vehicle fires; describe and perform Overhaul, Property Conservation and Scene Preservation utilizing various Salvage equipment.
Major topics taught in this course include: Introduction to the Fire Service and Firefighter Safety; Communications; Building Construction; Fire Dynamics; Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment; Portable Fire Extinguishers; Ropes and Knots; Ground Ladders; Forcible Entry; Structural Search and Rescue; Tactical Ventilation; Fire Hose; Hose Operations and Hose Streams; Fire Suppression; Overhaul, Property Conservation and Scene Preservation. Prerequisite: Incident Command System courses (ICS 100 and ICS 700).
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 7 semester hours distributed as follows: 3 semester hours in Fire Science, 3 semester hours in Fire Protection Technology, and 1 semester hour in Occupational Safety and Health (6/21).
September 2020 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Identify the strength and weaknesses of building materials; recognize reasons for structural collapse; understand the effects of fire suppression activities on buildings and the material used to support them; perform technical rescue support and vehicle extrication operations; recognize the properties of firefighting foam; understand the types of firefighting foams used to extinguish fires in liquid and gas fed fires; understand the different foam concentrations; identify the equipment needed to extinguish fires where foam is used; demonstrate the methods of application needed to supply a foam hand line; establish initial command at unit operations; establish communication and conduct size up; activate the Incident Command System (ICS); transmit the initial arrival report; transfer command up to the next higher ranking member; recognize fire origin and cause determination; perform a fire cause assessment; identify and preserve evidence of fire cause; perform routine equipment maintenance; recognize when and how testing should be performed on equipment used in firefighting operations; conduct community fire risk reduction; provide fire and life safety programs in private dwellings, multiple dwellings and small commercial spaces; present fire prevention material and messaging to the community they serve.
Major topics taught in this course include: Building Materials, Structural Collapse and Effects of Fire Suppression; Technical Rescue Support and Vehicle Extrication Operations; Foam Fire Fighting, Liquid Fires and Gas Fires; Incident Scene Operations; Fire Origin and Cause Determination; Maintenance and Testing Responsibilities; Community Risk Reduction. Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed Firefighter I.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Strategies and Tactics, Fire Science, or Fire Protection Technology (6/21).