FRSC205 Fire Protection Systems

Department of Public Safety Training Center: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC205 Fire Protection Systems
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces the Fire Science student to the fundamentals of the inspection, maintenance, and operation of fire suppression and detection systems. New fire suppression agents and the important characteristics of these agents are covered in this course.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. examine the theories of fire suppression and fire extinguishment, including a wet, dry, pre-action, and deluge sprinkler systems; residential sprinkler technology; and fast response sprinkler systems;
    2. distinguish between the operational characteristics, and the physical and chemical characteristics of various extinguishing agents used in gaseous, wet, and dry chemical fire suppression systems, foam agents used at petro-chemical plants;
    3. compare the basic components and operation of smoke, flame, and thermal detection/alarm systems; and
    4. identify and distinguish between the various marine fire suppression and detection systems.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. the history of fire protection and current theories of fire suppression
    2. portable fire extinguishers
    3. the issue of residential/rapid response sprinkler technology
    4. fire department operations in occupancies protected by a sprinkler system
    5. fire department operations in buildings utilizing standpipe systems
    6. carbon dioxide extinguishing systems
    7. dry chemical extinguishing systems
    8. wet chemical extinguishing systems
    9. halogenated extinguishing systems
    10. clean agent and water mist extinguishing systems
    11. foam extinguishing systems
    12. smoke, flame, and thermal detection systems
    13. marine fire suppression systems
    14. health and environmental issues associated with extinguishing systems
  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