FRSC202 Hazardous Materials

Department of Professional Studies: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC202 Hazardous Materials
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 student to the chemical and physical characteristics, hazards, and combustibility of the most commonly encountered hazardous materials. Students learn how hazardous materials can influence fire development and spread, as well as how to manage hazardous materials at the incident scene.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. differentiate the nine classifications of hazardous materials and describe the basic chemistry and physical properties of common hazardous materials;
    2. construct appropriate response objectives to theoretical hazardous material scenarios; and
    3. assess decontamination and correct termination procedures at hazardous material incidents.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. hazard recognition and classification, the Incident Command System and hazardous material incident scene safety
    2. the periodic table, chemical symbols and formulas, elements, and compounds
    3. the chemistry of combustion, elements of common fuels, heat transfer, fire extinguishment
    4. managing hazardous material incidents
    5. the properties, classification, and storage of flammable liquids; the extinguishment of flammable liquid fires
    6. flammable gases and controlling flammable gas emergencies
    7. liquefied gases, refrigerants, and related emergencies
    8. cryogenic liquids and gases
    9. flammable solids
    10. combustible metals
    11. plastics
    12. oxidizing agents
    13. radioactive materials
    14. explosives
    15. corrosive materials: acids and bases
    16. hazardous materials response teams
  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