FRSC104 Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement

Department of Business Studies: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC104 Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
FRSC100 (C or better) or permission of the Business Studies Department; and FRSC112 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
  1. This course aligns with Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) associate degree core curriculum requirements.
  2. Students having the appropriate prerequisites are eligible to test for Professional Certification (ProBoard) in accordance with NFPA 1031 to the Fire Inspector 1 and Fire Inspector 2 Levels.
  3. This course may be completed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) if the student has ProBoard and/or IFSAC Professional Certification to the Fire Inspector 2 Level, in accordance with NFPA 1031.
  4. Students should either complete FRSC103 prior to this course or at the same time.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides fundamental knowledge of fire prevention and code enforcement. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, conducting fire/life safety inspections, use and application of codes and standards, plans review, fire and life safety education, and fire investigation.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. Define the national fire problem and role of fire prevention;
    2. Define laws, rules, regulations, and codes; and identify those important, relevant, and responsible to fire prevention and code enforcement organizations and associations;
    3. Identify and describe the standards for professional qualifications and the professional development needs for: Fire Marshal, Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator;
    4. Describe and explain fire/life safety inspection practices and procedures, including the functions, responsibilities, role, and importance of fire prevention and code enforcement systems;
    5. Describe the history and philosophy of fire prevention and code enforcement;
    6. Describe the difference between prescriptive and performance based codes, and the development and adoption processes;
    7. Prepare fire and life safety inspection reports, thoroughly documenting building, fire, and life safety concerns, including the occupancy classification, building size, and description of use; and calculate the occupancy loads, exit capacities, and travel distances, referencing appropriate codes; and
    8. Identify appropriate codes and their relationship to other requirements for the built environment.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. National Fire Problem and Role of Fire Prevention
      1. Definition
      2. Historical overview
      3. Data Analysis/GIS
      4. Current Trends of Fire Prevention
    2. Fire Prevention Organizations and Associations
      1. Public-Federal, State, and Local
      2. Private-International, National and Regional
    3. Laws, Rules, Regulations, Codes, Legal Authority and Limitations
      1. Definitions
      2. Governmental Structure: Federal, State, County, Municipality
      3. Statues/laws, rules/regulations, codes, and ordinances
      4. Applicability and interrelationship
      5. Limitations
    4. Fire Prevention Bureau Functions
      1. Data Collection and Analysis
      2. Plans Review
      3. Fire Inspections
      4. Fire and Life Safety Education
      5. Fire Investigations
    5. Tools and Equipment
      1. Data Collection and Analysis
      2. Plans Review
      3. Fire inspections
      4. Fire and Life Safety Education
      5. Fire Investigations
    6. Code and Standard Development Process
      1. Historical overview
      2. NFPA, ICC, ANSI, UL, FM development process
      3. Adoption process
    7. Prescriptive vs Performance based codes
      1. Definitions
      2. Development of performance based code concepts
      3. Role of each
    8. Roles and Responsibilities of Fire Prevention Personnel
      1. Data collection and analysis
      2. Code development and interpretation
      3. Enforcement
      4. Management
      5. Documentation
        1. For legal requirements
        2. Record retention
    9. Training, Education, and Qualifications
      1. Professional Qualifications
        1. Categories and levels
        2. Local
        3. State
        4. National
      2. Professional Development
        1. National fire prevention development model
        2. Training and education
        3. Certification systems
  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 -11/00; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015; Revised 6/2016