SRJC Course Outlines

4/20/2024 10:11:22 PMFIRE 73 Course Outline as of Fall 2018

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  FIRE 73Title:  FIRE PREVENTION TECH.  
Full Title:  Fire Prevention Technology
Last Reviewed:1/22/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  FIRE 52

Catalog Description:
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This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigations.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigations.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1989Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Explain the progress of fire prevention in the United States.
2.  Discuss the need, responsibilities, and importance of fire prevention organizations.
3.  Discuss the laws, rules, codes, and other regulations relevant to fire prevention and protection.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Define the national fire problem and role of fire prevention
2. Identify and describe fire prevention organizations and associations
3. Identify laws, codes, ordinances, regulations and standards as they relate to fire prevention
4. Define laws, rules, regulations, codes and standards, and identify those relevant to fire
    prevention of the authority having jurisdiction
5. Understand the impact of fire prevention efforts on life and property loss
6. Define and describe the functions of a fire prevention bureau
7. Describe inspection practices and procedures
8. Identify and describe the standards for professional qualification for Fire Marshal, Plans
    Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator
9. List opportunities in professional development for fire prevention personnel

Topics and Scope
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I. The National Fire Problem and the Role of Prevention
    A. Early Fire Prevention efforts in America
    B. Fire disasters as an incentive for Fire Prevention efforts
    C. U.S. fire statistics compared to the rest of the industrialized world
    D. The insurance industry and Fire Prevention
    E. Philosophy of Fire Prevention as a fire department function
    F. The relationship of Fire Prevention to the reduction of life and property loss
    G. Trends in Fire Prevention
II. Fire Prevention organizations and associations
    A. Public
         1. Federal organizations
              a. U.S. Fire Administration
              b. U.S. Park Service
              c. U.S. Forest Service
              d. Bureau of Land Management
              e. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
              f. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
         2. State organizations
              a. California State Fire Marshal (OSFM)
              b. CALFIRE
              c. Building Standards Commission
              d. Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)
         3. Local organizations
              a. City fire departments
              b. Fire districts
              c. County fire departments
              d. Volunteer fire departments
    B. Private organizations
         1. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
         2. Underwriters Laboratories
         3. Factory Mutual
III. Laws, Regulations, Rules, Codes and Standards
    A. Building codes
         1. International Building Code (IBC)
         2. International Residential Code (IRC)
         3. California Building Code (CBC) Title 24 California Code of Regulations (CCR)
         4. Building construction types
         5. Building occupancy classifications
         6. Building exiting requirements
    B. Related Codes
         1. Mechanical Code
         2. National Electric Code
         3. Plumbing Code
    C. Fire Codes
         1. International Fire Code (IFC)
         2. National Fire Code
         3. California Fire Code (CFC)
         4. Title 19 CCR
         5. Fire Code formatting
         6. The Fire Code as a "Maintenance" document
         7. The Fire Code permit process
    D. Standards and Testing
         1. NFPA standards
              a. NFPA Standard 13
              b. NFPA Standard 72
         2. Product testing
              a. Underwriters Laboratories
              b. Factory Mutual
    E. Authority and legal responsibility to enforce codes
IV. Codes Relevant to a Jurisdiction
    A. State codes
    B. Municipal codes
    C. Zoning Ordinances
    D. Local Fire Code adoption
V. Impact of Fire Prevention Efforts on Life and Property Loss
    A. The relationship of codes and fire loss
    B. The origins of codes from large loss fires
    C. The engineering, education and enforcement approach to fire prevention
    D. The use of codes as mitigating measures
    E. Resistance encountered with prevention efforts
    F. Benefits to the public
    G. Involvement of civic groups and organizations
VI. Fire Prevention Bureau functions
    A. Inspections
         1. Hazard mitigation
         2. Prioritizing hazards
         3. Inspection documentation
              a. Notices of Violation
              b. Plans of Correction
              c. Use of digital technology in documentation
    B. Code enforcement
         1. Citation process
         2. Administrative hearing
         3. Concept of "Due Process"
         4. Appeals process
    C. Plan review
         1. Buildings
         2. Fire protection systems
         3. Water supplies
         4. Flammable and combustible liquid
              a. Underground tanks
              b. Aboveground tanks
              c. Dispensing systems
         5. Life safety systems
         6. Developments and subdivisions
    D. Public education
         1. Community education
         2. Schools programs
         3. Commercial programs
         4. Fire Statistics
         5. Education, Engineering, and Enforcement
         6. Designing and education program
         7. Media
    E. Fire Investigation
         1. Cause and origin determination
         2. Accidental fires
         3. Incendiary fires
         4. Natural fires
         5. Undetermined fires
     F. Records management
         1. Report preparation and recordkeeping
         2. Recording fire deaths, injuries and property losses
         3. Computerized recordkeeping
         4. Recordkeeping of paper files
         5. Periodic reports
    G. Measuring the effectiveness of the Fire Prevention Bureau
VII. Inspection Practices
    A. Scheduling inspections
    B. Review of existing records
    C. The approach and introduction
    D. The inspection tour
         1. Exterior
         2. Interior
    E. Identifying and documenting hazards
    F. Exit interviews
    G. Follow-up inspections
    H. Inspection reports
    I. Tools and equipment used during inspections
         1. Uniforms
         2. Personal protective clothing (PPI)
         3. Code books
         4. Reference related publications
         5. Printed forms
         6. Non-computerized files
         7. Camera
         8. Hydrant flow test equipment
         9. Flashlight
         10. Measuring tape
    J. Hazards
         1. Ingress hazards
         2. Egress hazards
         3. Electrical hazards
         4. Interior storage
         5. Hazardous material hazards
              a. Liquids
              b. Solids
              c. Gases
         5. Common vs. special hazards
         6. Structural hazards
         7. Non-structural hazards
              a. Vegetation
              b. Transportation
              c. Outdoor storage
              d. Refuse
    K. Deficiencies in fire protection equipment and systems
         1. Fire extinguishers
         2. Fire sprinkler systems
         3. Fire alarm systems
         4. Special extinguishing systems
         5. Water supplies
    L. Fire Prevention in the Wildland Urban Interface
         1. Construction standards
         2. Vegetation management
         3. Inspection programs
VIII. Professional Qualifications and Roles and Responsibilities of Fire Prevention Personnel
    A. Fire Chief
    B. Fire Marshal
    C. Inspector (Sworn)
    D. Inspector (Civilian)
    E. Fire Company member
    F. Fire Protection Engineer
IX. Professional Development and Certification of Fire Prevention Personnel
    A. National Fire Academy prevention and investigation courses
    B. OSFM courses and certification tracks
    C. California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) courses and certification tracks
    D. International Code Conference courses and certification tracks
    E. International Association of Arson Investigators (AIIA) courses and certification tracks
    F. California Conference of Arson Investigators (CCAI) courses and certification tracks

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1. Reading 20-30 pages per week from textbook or other assigned materials
2. Completion of 17 weekly assignment sheets
3. Responding to 2-5 student discussion board topics
4. Term project and/or internet research group project
5. PowerPoint presentation
6. One site visit
7. Quizzes, midterm, and final exam

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
20 - 35%
Written homework, Term project
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 35%
Weekly assignment sheets, homework assignments, site visits
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Quizzes, midterm, final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Principles of Fire Prevention. 3rd ed. Diamantes, David. Jones & Bartlett. 2016
Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement. 8th ed. International Fire Service Training Association. 2016

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