SRJC Course Outlines

12/6/2021 7:19:23 AMFIRE 280 Course Outline as of Spring 2018

New Course (First Version)
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  FIRE 280Title:  FIRE DYNAMICS  
Full Title:  Structural Firefighting Dynamics
Last Reviewed:9/25/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum.25Lecture Scheduled3.001 max.Lecture Scheduled3.00
Minimum.25Lab Scheduled5.001 min.Lab Scheduled5.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total8.00 Contact Total8.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  6.00Total Student Learning Hours: 14.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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This course is designed to develop the fundamental skills necessary to combat structure fires by exposing students to real fire behavior scenarios. During the course, students will review topics such as flashover, roll over, reading smoke, flow path and ventilation as it pertains to fire behavior and modern suppression techniques.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of Fire 208.1


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course is designed to develop the fundamental skills necessary to combat structure fires by exposing students to real fire behavior scenarios. During the course, students will review topics such as flashover, roll over, reading smoke, flow path and ventilation as it pertains to fire behavior and modern suppression techniques.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of Fire 208.1
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Describe fire behavior in an enclosed structure and the impact of fire suppression and
    ventilation activities
2.  Demonstrate the ability to effectively conduct interior fire suppression activities
 

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the four stages of fire
2. Identify the different fire behavior factors and the impact they have on the fire
3. Describe the different ventilation factors and their effect on the fire
4. Demonstrate the ability to identify the stage and/or characteristics of a fire from the
    quality of the smoke
5. Describe the personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedures used to promote
    safety when conducting interior fire operations
6. Describe the correct water stream application during interior fire operations.

Topics and Scope
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I. Stages of Fire
     A. Incipient stage
     B. Growth stage
     C. Free burning stage
     D. Decay stage
II. Fire Behavior Factors
     A. Fuels
        1. Fuel load
        2. Fuel types
        3. Fuel Arrangement
        4. Ratio of Fuel to room or building
     B. Roll over
     C. Flashover
        1. Causes of flashover
        2. Thermal radiation feedback
        3. Pre-flashover conditions
        4. Flashover conditions
     D. Backdraft
     E. Modern fire behavior vs. legacy fire behavior
III. Ventilation Factors
      A. Fuel-air mixture
      B. Effects of openings
        1. Doors
        2. Windows
        3. Suppression created openings
     C. Flow path
        1. Bi-directional flow
        2. Neutral plane    
IV. Reading Smoke
     A. Volume
     B. Velocity
     C. Density
     D. Color
V. Survival Techniques
     A. Secondary means of egress
     B. Personal Protective Equipment
     C. Risk vs. Gain
VI. Water Application
    A. Effect of the application of hose streams patterns - water application measures  
          1. Combination streams
         2. Straight streams
    B. Heat checks

Assignments:
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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Students will be required to complete 6-7 hours of reading assignments before attending the
    first class meeting
 
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Flow path exercise (Doll house)
2. 2-4 manipulative based scenarios

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
50 - 75%
Decision-based scenarios (Flow path exercise)
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 40%
Performance based manipulative scenarios
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
None
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Analysis of Changing Residential Fire Dynamics and Its Implications on Firefighter Operational Timeframes. Kerber, Stephen. Underwriters Laboratories Incorporated. 2012 (classic)

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