Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the impact of historic fire events on modern fire protection systems.
2. Explain the basic principles of fire behavior and combustion.
3. List the basic components of municipal and private water supply systems.
4. Demonstrate the ability to determine the proper flow and pressure in a variety of water systems and hose lines using mathematics.
5. List the common types of fire alarm systems and describe their operation.
6. Describe the basic components of modern fire detection and alarm systems.
7. Describe the procedures for inspecting and testing fire alarm systems.
8. Describe the types of smoke management systems and their operation.
9. List the different types of fire pumps.
10. Describe the operation, testing and maintenance of fire pumps.
11. List the different types of standpipe systems, their components and intended uses.
12. Describe the operation, inspection, testing and maintenance requirements of standpipe systems.
13. List the different types of automatic fire sprinkler systems.
14. Identify the basic components of automatic fire sprinkler systems.
15. Describe the operating principles and hydraulics of an automatic sprinkler system.
16. Describe the inspection, maintenance and testing requirements for automatic sprinkler systems.
17. Describe the purpose and design criteria of residential fire sprinkler systems.
18. Describe the different types of specialized extinguishing systems.
19. List the different types of portable fire extinguishers and their classifications.
20. Describe the requirements for selection, maintenance and testing of portable fire extinguishers.
I. History of fire prevention and protection systems
A. The application of fire regulations through history
B. Effects of fire catastrophes on fire and building codes
C. The role of the insurance industry in code development
II. Fire behavior and construction
A. Fire as a chemical reaction
B. The major phases of fire
C. Factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior
III. Introduction to Water Supply
A. Characteristics of water
B. Understanding water supply
C. Principles of municipal water supply systems
D. Private water supply systems
E. Fire flow and friction loss
1. Principles and coefficients of friction loss
2. Calculating the fire flow of hydrants
IV. Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
A. Types of fire alarm systems
B. Basic system components
C. Manual alarm-initiating devices
D. Automatic alarm-initiating devices
E. Inspecting and testing fire detection and signaling systems
F. Record keeping
V. Smoke Management Systems
A. Purpose of smoke management systems
B. Types of smoke management systems
C. Advantages and disadvantages of dedicated and non-dedicated smoke management systems
VI. Fire Pumps
A. Types of pumps
B. Pump components and accessories
C. Calculating pump discharge flow and pressure
D. Testing, inspection, and maintenance of fire pumps
VII. Standpipes and Hose systems
A. Classification of standpipe systems
B. Types of standpipe systems
C. Components of standpipe systems
D. Flow and pressure requirements for standpipe systems
E. Procedures for augmenting standpipe systems
F. Inspecting and testing standpipes
VIII. Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
A. Types of sprinkler systems
B. Components of sprinkler systems
C. Sprinkler system design, hydraulics and water supply requirements
D. Procedures for augmenting sprinkler systems
E. Restoring sprinkler systems
F. Inspecting and testing sprinkler systems
IX. Residential Sprinkler Systems
A. Purpose of residential sprinkler systems
B. Design criteria of residential sprinkler systems
C. Components of residential sprinkler systems
D. Residential sprinkler system design and hydraulics
X. Special Extinguishing Systems
A. Wet chemical extinguishing systems
B. Dry chemical extinguishing systems
C. Gaseous systems
D. Foam extinguishing systems
XI. Portable Fire Extinguishers and their Agents
A. Extinguisher classifications.
B. Extinguisher Types their agents
2. Carbon dioxide
5. Dry chemical agents
C. Selection, Maintenance and Testing of extinguishers
1. Installation and placement of extinguishers
2. Portable fire extinguishers on fire apparatus
3. Inspecting, maintaining, and recharging extinguishers
4. Hydrostatic testing
D. Use of portable extinguishers