SRJC Course Outlines

11/29/2020 2:35:42 AMFIRE 82 Course Outline as of Spring 2020

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  FIRE 82Title:  FIRE INSPECT/INVESTIGATE  
Full Title:  Fire Inspections and Investigations for Company Officers
Last Reviewed:9/23/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled7.005 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total7.00 Contact Total35.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  P/NP Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  FIRE 272

Catalog Description:
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An overview of the information necessary to conduct inspections, identify hazards and address violations, performing a fire investigation to determine preliminary cause and to secure the incident scene and preserve evidence. Upon successful completion, the student will be awarded a completion certificate from the State Board of Fire Services.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of FIRE 208.1 (Completion of basic fire academy or equivalent as determined by the Dean of Public Safety Instruction)


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates

Limits on Enrollment:
Certified Fire Fighter II through CA State Fire Training

Schedule of Classes Information
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An overview of the information necessary to conduct inspections, identify hazards and address violations, performing a fire investigation to determine preliminary cause and to secure the incident scene and preserve evidence. Upon successful completion, the student will be awarded a completion certificate from the State Board of Fire Services.
(P/NP Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of FIRE 208.1 (Completion of basic fire academy or equivalent as determined by the Dean of Public Safety Instruction)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
Limits on Enrollment:Certified Fire Fighter II through CA State Fire Training
Transfer Credit:CSU;
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:TransferableEffective:Spring 2020Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Describe the different levels and duties of the positions in the Fire Officer Certification track
2.  Demonstrate the ability to complete a thorough fire inspection and pre-fire plan addressing
    occupancy, construction type and fire protection features
3.  Demonstrate the ability to conduct a preliminary fire cause and origin investigation
 

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Students will be able to:
1. Identify course objectives, requirements, assignments, activities, evaluation methods and
    participation requirements
2. Identify the different levels in the Fire Officer Certification track, the courses and
    requirements for Level I and II certification and the task book and testing process
3. Describe the duties of a Level I Company Officer, a Level II Company Officer and
    a Level I Wildland Officer
4. Demonstrate the procedures for conducting fire inspections, identifying hazards including
    hazardous materials and properly documenting and conducting follow-up inspections in
    accordance with adopted policies
5. Identify the construction, alarm, detection and suppression features that prevent or contribute
    to the spread of fire, heat and smoke through a building and develop an occupancy pre-fire plan
6. Describe the procedures for securing an incident scene which keeps unauthorized persons from
    restricted areas and protects evidence from damage or destruction
7. Determine the point of origin and preliminary cause of fire to ascertain if arson is suspected

Topics and Scope
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I. Orientation and Administration
    A. Review of facilities
    B. Review of classroom requirements
    C. Review of syllabus, participation, assignments and evaluation methods
II. Fire Officer Certification Track Course Requirements
    A. Level I requirements
    B. Level II requirements
    C. The capstone task book process
    D. The capstone testing process
III. Definitions of Duty
    A. Duties of a Level I Company Officer
    B. Duties of a Level II Company Officer
    C. Duties of a Level I Wildland Fire Officer
IV. Fire Inspection Procedures
    A. California Fire Code classifications
    B. Inspection procedures
    C. Fire detection systems
    D. Fire alarm systems
    E. Fire protection systems
    F. Common fire hazards
    G. Life safety hazards
    H. Hazardous materials marking and identification systems
    I. Application of codes and standards
    J. Wildland Urban Interface inspection procedures
V. Factors that Prevent or Contribute to Fire Spread
    A. Fire behavior and fire spread in various occupancies
    B. Building construction types
         1. Type I non-combustible
         2. Type II non-combustible
         3. Type III non-combustible exterior
         4. Type IV heavy timber
         5. Type V combustible
    C. Building construction features
         1. Fire walls
         2. Fire barriers
         3. Fire partitions
         4. Fire doors
         5. Vertical openings
         6. Interior finishes
         7. Roofing
         8. Draft stops and smoke vents
    D. Impacts
         1. Detection systems
         2. Alarm systems
         3. Suppression systems
         4. Codes
         5. Ordinances
         6. Standards
    E. Purpose of pre-incident plans
    F. Pre-incident plan survey process
VI. Securing Incident Scenes
    A. Types of evidence
    B. Fire scene security
    C. Evidence preservation
    D. Establishing perimeters at incident scenes
VII. Determining Cause and Origin
    A. Methods used by arsonists
    B. Common causes of fire
    C. Basic fire cause and origin determination
    D. Fire growth and development
    E. Procedures to document preliminary investigations
    F. Applying knowledge using deductive skills

Assignments:
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1. Pre-course reading and writing assignments
2. Reading 20-80 pages between sessions
3. Lecture videos (16 - 25)
4. Written homework assignments (4 - 7)
5. Individual and group inspection and investigation exercises (5 - 10)
6. Quizzes (10 - 15)
7. Summative 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
5 - 20%
Pre-course writing assignment, written homework assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 15%
Individual and group inspection and investigation exercises
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 15%
Individual and group inspection and investigation exercises
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
60 - 75%
Quizzes, summative exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Pre-course reading assignment, reading 20-80 pages between sessions, lecture videos


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Fire Inspections and Investigations for Company Officers Course Plan. California Fire Service Training and Education System. 2017
 
California Fire Inspector's Guide. California Fire Chief's Association. 2016
 
Fire Officer: Principles and Practices. 3rd ed. Ward, Michael. Jones and Bartlett Learning. 2014 (classic)

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