This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives. Three class hours a week. (FESHE Approved) Fall, Spring
- Illustrate and explain the history and culture of the fire service.
- Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical chain reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and behavior.
- Differentiate between fire service training and education and explain the value of higher education to the professional fire service.
- List and describe the major organizations that provide emergency response service and illustrate how they interrelate.
- Identify fire protection and emergency-service careers in both the public and private sector.
- Define the role of national, state, and local support organizations in fire and emergency services.
- Discuss and describe the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services.
- Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus.
- Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.
- Identify the primary responsibilities of fire prevention personnel including code enforcement, public information, and public and private protection systems.
- Recognize the components of career preparation and goal setting.
- Describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services.