FRSC103 Building Construction for the Fire Service

Department of Public Safety Training Center: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC103 Building Construction for the Fire Service
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the classifications of commonly encountered buildings, according to construction materials and techniques. Students review in depth the effect of building construction design on fire development, fire suppression, and firefighter safety.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. differentiate the inherent strengths and weaknesses of various structural elements, construction techniques, light-weight structural elements, and building systems to articulate defensible fire ground decisions based upon their knowledge of how these systems perform under fire conditions; and
    2. demonstrate their understanding of the hierarchy of structural components, as related to understanding the structural integrity of a building involved in a fire.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. integrating knowledge of building construction into the fireground decision-making process
    2. building construction terminology
    3. the principles of construction
    4. building components and systems
    5. building construction, firefighter safety and the risk/benefit analysis
    6. prioritizing the pre-fire planning process
    7. the characteristics, scope, and unique features of ordinary construction
    8. various wood frame construction
    9. steel frame construction and the associated systems
    10. concrete construction: structural elements and assembly
    11. wood and steel truss roof and floor systems
    12. flame spread: decorations and finishes
    13. fire resistance: estimating flame spread
    14. smoke and fire containment in structures
    15. high-rise construction features and building systems
    16. fire development and spread in multiple-occupancy dwellings
  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; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015