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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. 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.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date -11/00; course number revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012