Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. List two methods of extinguisher recognition.
2. Identify how extinguishers are grouped into fire classifications.
3. Describe several different extinguishing agents used to combat fires.
4. Differentiate types of extinguishers and their distribution.
5. Describe the general technique and application of fire extinguishers.
6. Describe the basic components of a modern fire detection and signaling system.
7. List the common types of signaling systems and describe their operation.
8. List the properties of water and other extinguishing agents.
9. List the factors and conditions that contribute to friction loss in fire hose and pipes.
10. List the basic components of a municipal water supply system.
11. Describe the water supply requirements for a standpipe and hose system.
12. Describe the most common types of fire pumps.
13. Explain the different classes of standpipe systems and their intended uses.
14. Identify the various types of fire sprinkler systems.
15. List the basic components of piping used in sprinkler systems.
16. Identify inspection criteria for fire sprinkler systems.
17. Describe the major distinctions between an automatic sprinkler system and a specialized extinguishing system.
I. Fire Extinguishing Agents and Portable Fire Extinguishers
A. Extinguisher symbols
1. Pictorial systems
2. Letter-symbol system
B. How extinguishers are rated
1. Class A
2. Class B
3. Class C
4. Class D
5. Class K
C. Extinguishing agents
3. Carbon dioxide
4. Aqueous film forming foam
5. Film forming fluoroprotein
7. Dry chemical agents
D. Types of fire extinguishers
1. Selection and distribution of extinguishers
2. Installation and placement of extinguishers
3. Portable fire extinguishers on fire apparatus
4. Inspecting, maintaining, and recharging extinguishers
5. Hydrostatic testing
E. Using portable extinguishers
1. General techniques
2. P.A.S.S. Method (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep)
3. Attacking Class A fires
4. Attacking Class B fires
5. Attacking Class C fires
6. Attacking Class D fires
7. Attacking Class K fires
II. Fire Detection and Signaling Systems
A. Basic system components
B. Types of signaling systems
C. Manual alarm-initiating devices
D. Automatic alarm-initiating devices
E. Inspecting and testing fire detection and signaling systems
F. Record keeping
III. Introduction to Water Supply
A. Characteristics of water
B. Understanding water supply
C. Friction loss
1. Principles of friction loss
2. Reducing friction loss
3. Water hammer
D. Principles of municipal water supply systems
E. Private water supply systems
F. Water supply requirements for standpipe and hose systems
G. Water supply requirements for automatic sprinkler systems
IV. Fire Pumps
A. Types of pumps
B. Pump components and accessories
C. Testing, inspection, and maintenance of fire pumps
V. Standpipes and Hose Systems
A. Classification of standpipe systems
B. Types of standpipe systems
C. Fire department connections
D. Water supply considerations
E. Water pressure considerations
F. Inspecting and testing standpipes
VI. Automatic Sprinkler Systems
A. Components of sprinkler systems
B. Sprinkler system piping and fittings
C. Fire department connections
D. Types of sprinkler systems
E. Inspecting and testing sprinkler systems
F. Restoring sprinkler systems
G. Residential sprinkler systems
VII. Special Extinguishing Systems
A. Wet chemical extinguishing systems
B. Dry chemical extinguishing systems
C. Gaseous systems
D. Foam extinguishing systems
Fire Detection and Suppression Systems, International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), current edition