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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Fire Prevention

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Length:

35 hours (3 weeks).

Dates:

January 2013 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define the law enforcement authority and limitations of police officers, peace officers, and civilians in New York State; explain the role of the peace officer within the criminal justice system; describe the responsibilities and the standards for ethical conduct of peace officers; analyze fire scenes to determine if possible criminal activity was involved; and testify in court as a Law Enforcement Officer; and employ defensive tactics when necessary.

Instruction:

NOTE: This course is only offered to FDNY Fire Protection Inspectors. Major topics include: introduction to constitutional law, powers of a peace officer, New York State Criminal Procedure Law Provisions, ethics in law enforcement, legal system, enforcement procedures, civil law and liability, and conflict resolution. 

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Criminal Justice, Police Science, or Security Administration (6/15) (6/21 revalidation). 

Length:

Version 1: 235 hours (7 weeks); includes 28 hours of supervised field experience. Version 2: 238 hours (7 weeks); includes 35 hours of supervised field experience; Version 3: 264 hours (32 days); includes a one-month mentoring experience. Version 4: 299 hours; includes 35 hours of supervised field experience. Version 5: 315 hours, includes 35 hours of supervised field experience (11 weeks).

Dates:

Version 1: September 1997 - August 2007. * Version 2: September 2007 - April 2010. Version 3: May 2010 - June 2015. Version 4: July 2015 - May 2021. Version 5: June 2021 - Present. 

Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: perform fire and safety inspections throughout New York City’s five boroughs in accordance with New York City rules and regulations. Version 3: Students will be able to: perform fire and safety inspections based on International Fire Code, National Fire Protection Association, and New York City rules and regulations. Version 4 and 5: Students will be able to: conduct fire prevention inspections; correctly cite code and analyze sections on enforcement tools based on comprehensive understanding of New York City fire code; perform high quality life safety inspections based on knowledge acquired in the course; evaluate hazardous materials and potential reactions with other hazardous materials; identify hazardous materials and proper storage techniques and determine if they meet NYC Building and NYC Fire code requirements; identify, inspect, and assess building systems such as fuel oil fired boiler, commercial cooking systems, fire suppression systems, and emergency power systems to ensure proper working order and alignment with NYC Building and NYC Fire Codes.

Instruction:

Version 1 and 2: Major topics include: New York City Fire Law, relevant NYC Building Codes, NYC Fire Department directives, relevant NYC Administrative Codes, relevant New York State Criminal Procedure Laws; classes of fires; building construction violations; standards, rules and regulations, and inspection procedures associated with fuel oil systems, motor vehicle repair shops, air compressors, paint spraying and storage, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, buried tank and above ground storage systems, liquid pressurized gas storage, construction sites, torch use, storage of ammunition, black powder, explosives, and matches, cooking oil and grease, range hood fire extinguishing and cooking exhaust systems, bulk carbonic systems, sprinkler and standpipe fire suppression systems. Version 3, 4 and 5: Includes topics from Version 1 and 2, additionally, international Fire Code and NFPA standards. Students undergo a one month mentoring experience with a senior inspector and pass a written final exam.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Fire Prevention and Inspection (9/02). *NOTE: Credit is recommended for individuals who completed this course between November 1991 and August 1997 if individuals have successfully completed a final course examination administered at any point after September 1997. The individual’s transcript should indicate that eligibility to apply for college credit is based on this arrangement, should document the original dates of training, and should document the date that testing occurred after September 1997. NOTE: The instruction in this course is based on New York City rules and regulations. Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Fire Prevention and Inspection or General Fire Science (11/07 revalidation). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 9 semester hours as follows: 3 semester hours in Fire Protection Services, 3 semester hours in Building Construction, and 3 semester hours in Fire Prevention and Inspection (7/10 revalidation). Version 4: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 11 semester hours as follows: 4 semester hours in Fire Protection Services, 3 semester hours in Building Construction, and 4 semester hours in Fire Prevention and Inspection (6/15 revalidation). Version 5: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 11 semester hours as follows: 4 semester hours in Fire Protection Services, 3 semester hours in Building Construction, and 4 semester hours in Fire Prevention or Administration, or Fire Science (6/21 revalidation).

Length:

Version 1: 37 hours (over 6 days or 1 week). Version 2: 40 hours (6 days). Version 3: 99 hours (2 weeks).

Dates:
Version 1: September 1990 - February 2012. Version 2: March 2012 - December 2012. Version 3: January 2013 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define the law enforcement authority and limitations of police officers, peace officers, and civilians in New York State; explain the role of the peace officer within the criminal justice system; and describe the responsibilities and the standards for ethical conduct of peace officers. Version 3: Same topics as Version 1 and 2; additonally, analyze fire scenes to determine if possible criminal activity was involved; testify in court as a Law Enforcement Officer; employ defensive tactics when necessary; and enforce laws through the writing of violation orders, Notice of Violations and Summonses.

Instruction:

Version 1, 2, and 3: Major topics include: ethics and the law enforcement profession; constitutional law; penal law; criminal procedure law; rules of evidence; court testimony; investigations by peace officers; techniques and mechanics of arrest; field note recording and report writing; conflict resolution.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Criminal Justice, Police Science, or Security Administration (12/95) (6/01 revalidation) (11/07 revalidation) (6/11 revalidation). NOTE: Version 1 and 2 of this course were offered to FDNY firefighters and Fire Protection Inspectors. They were awarded 1 semester hour. Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice, Police Science, or Security Administration (5/12 revalidation) (7/17 revalidation). NOTE: Version 3 of this course is offered only to FDNY Probationary Firefighters who successfully complete Fire Supression and Control (FSC 100).

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