FRSC100 Introduction to Fire Science

Department of Business Studies: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC100 Introduction to Fire Science
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
  1. This course aligns with Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) associate degree core curriculum requirements.
  2. This course may be completed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) if the student has ProBoard and/or IFSAC Professional Certification to the Fire Fighter 1 Level, in accordance with NFPA 1001.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is an overview of fire protection and emergency services including: career opportunities, culture, history, loss analysis, organization and function of public and private fire protection services, laws and regulations, nomenclature, basic fire chemistry and physics, introduction to fire protection systems, introduction to strategy and tactics, life safety initiatives.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. Illustrate and explain the history and culture of the fire service;
    2. 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 fire behavior;
    3. Differentiate between fire training and education and explain the value of higher education and certification to the professionalization of the fire service;
    4. List and describe the major organizations that provide emergency response service and illustrate how they interrelate;
    5. Identify fire protection and emergency-service careers in both the public and private sector;
    6. Define the role of national, state and local support organizations in fire and emergency services;
    7. Discuss and describe the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services;
    8. Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, an apparatus;
    9. Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations;
    10. Identify the primary responsibilities of fire prevention personnel including, code enforcement, public information, and public and private protection systems;
    11. Recognize the components of career preparation and goal setting; and
    12. Describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Careers in the Fire Protection/Emergency Services
      1. Opportunities/Private, Industrial, Local, Municipal, State and Federal
      2. Pay, hours of duty, benefits, promotion and retirement qualifications
      3. Work ethics and human relations education and training
        1. Certificates
        2. Degrees
      4. Selection process
    2. History
      1. Evolution of the fire protection
      2. The U.S. Fire Problem: Life and Property
    3. Fire Prevention and Public Fire Education
      1. Fire investigation
      2. Code enforcement
      3. Public education
    4. Scientific Terminology
      1. Fire behavior
      2. Flammability and characteristics of solids, liquids and gases
    5. Building Design and Construction
    6. Fire Detection and Suppression Systems
    7. The Role of Public and Private Support Organizations
      1. Local
      2. State
      3. Federal and national
      4. International
    8. Fire and Emergency Services Equipment and Facilities
    9. Management
      1. Emergency operations
      2. Organizational structure of fire and emergency services
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students satisfy the course learning goals via class discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/17/2010; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8 /2015; Revised 6/2016