Course Descriptions

Fire Science

FIRE 105 Fire Apparatus, Equipment and Hydraulics

3 cr. (3 lec/wk) Prerequisite M 114.

Acquire the basic knowledge of various types of fire apparatus used in the fire service and their unique requirements needed to provide emergency services.  Assess the equipment and its applications used for suppressing fires and applications to other emergency responses.  Learn to apply the principles used in hydraulics for the delivery of water in fire protection and supply systems.  Demonstrate proficiency of this knowledge by using applied field operational hydraulics.


FIRE 115 Fire Fighter I Essentials

3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk) (F)

Introduces the students to the fire service career.  Through lecture and practice, the course provides a history of fire service skills and illustrates all the basic requirements of the firefighter in the performance of his/her duty from suppression, code enforcement, technical rope rescue through basic hazardous materials training.

FIRE 130 Fire Service Management and Law

3 cr. (3 lec/wk) Prerequisite: COMPASS test proficiency/WRIT proficiency for placement into WRIT 101, 122, or 123.

Acquire a basic knowledge and overview of the organization and management used in the fire service.  Review relationships with other governmental agencies and departments.  Analyze federal, state, and local laws relating to emergency services and responses.  Learn standards of care, torts, liability, and review of federal and state court cases affecting the fire service.


FIRE 172 Wildlands Standards for Survival

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (Sp)

Directs the students in the identification, description, and reaction to situations and conditions that would be considered dangerous to the wildland firefighter.  The course content will also provide the student with a better understanding of fire behavior.  The course includes federal requirement qualifications needed for beginning wildland firefighting.



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FIRE 180 Incident Command

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (Sp)

Acquaints the student with basic principles of emergency incident management.  The components of management and chain of command will be emphasized.  A computer simulator will be used to give hands-on training with incident success as the goal.


FIRE 214 Inspection Codes and Practice

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (F)

Provides essential information concerning the background and evolution of fire prevention, code interpretation and applicability, hazard identification and abatement, risk assessment, operation of a fire prevention bureau, design and operation of fire protection systems and equipment, and the basic concepts of fire investigation.  Emphasizes building construction and associated hazards.


FIRE 255 Cause and Origin

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk) (F)

Instructs students in basic investigative techniques for fire causes and origin.  Fire behavior in structures is discussed as well as legal requirements of fire service personnel for evidence preservation.


FIRE 275 Fire Service Instructor

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (Sp)

Develops the student’s speaking and creative skills as well as the ability to use instructional tools and various media in an educational environment.  Emphasis will be placed on developing lesson plans and evaluation instruments.  Students will give instructional presentations using the aforementioned tools.