FRSC201 Firefighting Strategy and Tactics

Department of Public Safety Training Center: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC201 Firefighting Strategy and Tactics
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces the fire science student to the complexities of safely and effectively fighting a structural fire. In class, students work in small groups to decide on the appropriate strategy, tactics, and action plan for various simulated structural fires.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify the role of the company officer in: fire scene decisions, active and passive fire protection systems, and the identification of, liabilities and assets of the major classes of buildings in order to understand the inherent risks of structural firefighting; and
    2. demonstrate how to conduct a systematic analysis of a fire scene, and then from the scene, analyze a sound strategic plan and select appropriate tactics to achieve his/her strategic goals.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. emergency scene analysis, strategy, tactics, and the action plan
    2. the incident command system
    3. firefighter safety and the risk/benefit analysis
    4. emergency scene control and coordination
    5. single family dwelling fires
    6. garden apartment building fires
    7. apartment building fires
    8. warehouse fires, active and passive fire protection systems
    9. fighting fires in strip malls and shopping centers
    10. chemical plant fires and hazardous material incidents
    11. high-rise building fires and the pre-emergency plan
    12. church fires
    13. fires in schools
    14. fires in health care facilities
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom 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; Course number revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015