Fire Science Courses

FIRE 1310 Prin of Emergency Services Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-req.: None
Description: This course provides a general synopsis to the three public safety professions in the United States; the fire service, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement. Students will be given an overview of career opportunities, culture and history of emergency services, basic analysis of fire loss, crime, and epidemiology, the organization and function of public and private emergency service provision, state and local government relationships with public safety agencies, as well as laws and regulations affecting public safety. A specific module will be presented towards the end of the course specific to the United States Fire Administration - National Fire Academy - Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education course requirement in the areas of fire service nomenclature, specific fire protection functions, basic fire chemistry and physics, introduction to fire protection systems, basic introduction to fire strategy and tactics, and life safety initiatives.

FIRE 1315 Rescue Awareness Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: READ 19, ENGL 18, MATH 19
Course Description: Basic methods of recognition and identification of a hazardous situation where a rescuer might be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem. Utilizing all known resources in the perspective area, and focusing in on personal safety and patient safety.

FIRE 1320 Prin of Fire & Emer Safety Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-req.: None
Description: This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services.

FIRE 1325 Fire Investigation I Credit Hrs: 3
Prereq: FIRE 2320, 2330, 1310
Coreq: None
This course is intended to provide the student with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the fire setter and types of fire causes.

FIRE 1330 Fire Prevention Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-req.: None
Description: Course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and safety education; and fire investigation.

FIRE 2120 Building Const for Fire Prot Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-req.: None
Description: Intro to fire problems relating to building construction; analysis of building construction, materials, and constructional design methods; focus on needs and requirements of institutional, mercantile, and industrial structures before, during, and after construction periods.

FIRE 2310 Fire Protection Systems Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-req.: None
Description: A focus on the design and operation of fire detection and alarm construction, heat and smoke control systems, special protections and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protections and portable fire extinguishers.

FIRE 2320 Building Const for Fire Prot Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-req.: None
Description: Intro to fire problems relating to building construction; analysis of building construction, materials, and constructional design methods; focus on needs and requirements of institutional, mercantile, and industrial structures before, during, and after construction periods.

FIRE 2325 Fire Protect Hydraulic/Water Credit Hrs: 3
Prereq: ACT READ 19, ENGL 18, MATH 19
Coreq: None
This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems.

FIRE 2330 Fire Behavior & Combustion Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-req.: None
Description: A focus on the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and how they are controlled. Fire and the physical world, properties of fuels, chemical chain reactions, extinguishment agents and their effects.

FIRE 2335 Strategy and Tactics Credit Hrs: 3
Prereq: FIRE 1310
Coreq: None
This course provides the principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents.

FIRE 2340 Leadership Development Credit Hrs: 3
Prereq: ACT READ 19, ENGL 18, MATH 19
Coreq: None
This Course presents the company officer with the basic leadership skills and behaviors needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course includes problem-solving skills and behaviors, identify and assess the needs of the company officer's subordinates and decision making skills for the company officer.

FIRE 2350 Prin Fire and Emer Srvs Admin Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req.: FIRE 1310
Co-Req: None
The course introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency services, ethics, and leadership from the perspective of the company officer.

FIRE 2355 Hazardous Material I Credit Hrs: 3
Prereq: ACT READ 19, ENGL 18, MATH 19
Coreq: None
Basic methods of recognition and identification of hazardous materials based on the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials and the basic safety procedures when utilizing specific types of protective equipment. Discussion includes the basic tactical concerns relating to scene management of a hazardous material incident.

FIRE 2360 Safety & Health for Emerg Serv Credit Hrs: 3
Preq: ACT READ 19, ENGL 18, MATH 19
Coreq: None
This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk and hazard evaluation and control procedures for emergency service organizations.

FIRE 2370 Public Fire & Life Safety Educ Credit Hrs: 3
Prereq: ACT READ 19, ENGL 18, MATH 19
Coreq: None
This course is designed to provide the public and/or fire service educator with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully perform as a fire and life safety educator as addressed in NFPA 1035. The topics include fire behavior, community assessment, injury prevention and juvenile fire-setting. The student will also develop presentation skills and learn how to formulate public education programs. An overview of the educator, manager, and administrator role will be presented.

FIRE 2375 Hazardous Materials Chemistry Credit Hrs: 3
Preq: ACT READ 19, ENGL 18, MATH 19
Coreq: None
This course provides basic chemistry relating to the categories of hazardous materials including recognition, identification, reactivity, and health hazards encountered by emergency services.

FIRE 2380 Legal Aspects of Emergency Ser Credit Hrs: 3
Preq: ACT READ 19, ENGL 18, MATH 19
Coreq: None
This course will address the federal, state, and local laws that regulate emergency services. It will also include a review of national standards, regulations, and consensus standards that emergency services are measured against.

FIRE 2385 Fire Investigation II Credit Hrs: 3
Preq: ACT READ 19, ENGL 18, MATH 19
Coreq: None
This course is intended to provide the student with advanced technical knowledge on the rule of law, fire scene analysis, fire behavior, evidence collection and preservation, scene documentation, case preparation and courtroom testimony.