Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify the three types of degrees and certificates that are offered in fire technology.
2. List the hiring practices and equal opportunity requirements that are stated in fire service policies.
3. Identify Federal, State and local training programs provided to firefighters.
4. Differentiate between types of fire departments.
5. List the major components of the fire service selection process.
6. Identify the types of common fire department apparatus, equipment, and personal safety equipment used for firefighting.
7. Recognize the role of fire service personnel.
8. Identify the early traditions and history of the fire service.
9. Explain basic components of fire behavior and combustion.
10. Identify hazards and categorize building construction along with materials used.
11. Analyze types of fire alarm, detection and suppression systems.
12. Compare private and public support organizations that provide service to the fire service.
13. List common fire service facilities and vehicles that provide emergency services.
14. Distinguish between the different organizations and management considerations used by the fire service today.
I. Introduction to Fire Technology
A. Identification of the scope and content of Fire Technology Curriculum
2. Degree programs
3. State Certification
B. Affirmative action and equal opportunity requirements
C. Federal, State and local Fire Training programs
D. Fire Terms and their definitions
E. Web-site fire training
II. Fire Service as a Career
A. Career, volunteer and combination fire departments
B. Public safety departments
C. Private fire brigades
D. Selection process
3. Written Examination
4. Physical ability tests
5. Oral interview
III. Roles of Fire Service Personnel
A. Fire Companies
B. Fire Suppression
2. Fire apparatus driver/operator
3. Company officer
4. Battalion or district chief
5. Safety officer
6. Public information officer
7. Assistant or deputy chief
8. Fire chief
C. Special Operations
1. Airport firefighter
2. Hazardous materials techinician
3. Technical rescue specialist
D. Fire Prevention
1. Fire prevention officer/inspector
2. Fire investigator
3. Public fire and life safety educator
4. Building plans examiner
E. Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
1. First responder
2. Emergency medical technician
4. EMS chief/officer
F. Special Services
2. Apparatus and/or equipment maintenance
IV. History and Philosophy of the Modern Day Fire Services
A. Early fire services
B. Fire protection in America
C. American fire equipment
D. Growth of the volunteer fire service
E. Improvements and protective clothing
F. The impact of historic fires on fire protection in North America
V. Fire Behavior and Combustion
A. Fire as a chemical reaction
B. The major phases of fire
C. Factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior
VI. Building Construction
B. Effects of fire on common building materials
C. Firefighter hazards
VII. Fire Detection, Alarm, and Suppression Systems
A. Types of alarm systems
B. Automatic sprinkler systems
C. Standpipe systems
VIII. Role of Public and Private Support Organizations
A. Trade organizations
B. Federal organizations
C. State/provincial organizations
D. Local organizations
IX. Fire and Emergency Services - Equipment and Facilities
B. Fire apparatus
X. Fire Department Organization and Management
A. Purpose of fire protection agencies
B. Organizational hierarchy
C. Local government structures
D. Types of fire departments
E. Response considerations
F. Policies and procedures
G. Incident management systems
H. Fire department planning
(1) Fire Service Orientation and Terminology, International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), current edition
(2) Introduction to Fire Protection, Klinoff, Thompson Delmar Learning, current edition