FRSC201 Firefighting Strategy and Tactics

Department of Professional Studies: 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
FRSC100 (C or better) and FRSC103 (C or better) and FRSC112 (C or better).
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course aligns with Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) associate degree curriculum requirements.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course examines the principle of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguish agents related to various emergency scenarios. The focus is on communication, pre-fire planning, and the roles and responsibilities and resource allocation in Incident Command/National Incident Management System (ICS/NIMS).
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. Discuss fire behavior as it relates to strategies and tactics;
    2. Explain the main components of pre-fire planning and identify steps needed for a pre-fire plan review;
    3. Identify the basics of building construction and how they interrelate to pre-fire planning and strategy and tactics;
    4. Describe the steps taken during size-up:
    5. Examine the significance of fire ground communications; and
    6. Identify and demonstrate the various roles and responsibilities of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Management System (ICS) as it relates to strategy and tactics.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Fire Chemistry Terms and Concepts
      1. Heat transfer
      2. Principle fire characteristics of materials
      3. Fire classifications
    2. Extinguishing Equipment
      1. Extinguishing equipment
      2. Fire apparatus
      3. Personnel requirement
    3. Visual Perception
      1. Pre-planning
      2. Size-up
    4. Pre-Fire Planning
      1. Concept
      2. Phases
      3. Methods
      4. Format
      5. Occupancy classifications
      6. Building types
    5. Basic Divisions of Tactics
      1. Size-up
        1. Facts
        2. Probabilities
        3. Own situation
        4. Decision
        5. Plan of operation
    6. Rescue
      1. Life safety problems of fire
      2. Determination of life hazard
      3. Rescue resources and operations
    7. Exposures
      1. Principle contributing factors
      2. Exposure protection operations
    8. Confinement
      1. Fire separations
      2. Fire loading
      3. Built-in protection
      4. Operations
    9. Ventilation
      1. Relationships to objectives
      2. Equipment
      3. Roof types
      4. Methods
    10. Salvage
      1. Relationship to objectives
      2. Equipment
      3. Operations during fire
      4. Operations after fire
  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; Course number revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015; Revised 6/2016