SRJC Course Outlines

5/13/2021 11:27:31 AMNRM 72 Course Outline as of Fall 2021

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 72Title:  FIRE CNTROL/ITS USE  
Full Title:  Forest Fire Control and Its Use
Last Reviewed:1/25/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 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 or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  FOR 72

Catalog Description:
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Principles of fire behavior, control and prevention for natural resource managers and first responders. Also covers the prescribed use of fire in natural resource management applications (fuel reduction, invasive species control, etc.).

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


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

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Principles of fire behavior, control and prevention for natural resource managers and first responders. Also covers the prescribed use of fire in natural resource management applications (fuel reduction, invasive species control, etc.).
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
Limits on Enrollment:
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:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
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. Distinguish among wildland fire behaviors as they relate to environmental factors.
2. Discuss ways to use fire in land and vegetation management practices to improve stewardship of forest and range lands.
3. Demonstrate understanding the use and safe operation of firefighting equipment.
 

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Students will be able to:
1. Compare alternative fire fighting actions and their influences on fire behavior.
2. Implement fire standards for firefighter safety.
3. Evaluate the Incident Command System (I.C.S.) organizational structure and chain of command in emergency situations and explain their role in the overall context of wildland fire suppression.
4. Differentiate among types of firefighting equipment and determine when each should be used.
5. Compare and contrast the different methods of attacking a forest fire.
6. Apply the ten standard firefighting rules.
7. Describe the safe and effective use of hand tools, chain saws, and other firefighting equipment and outline standard procedures for operating around equipment such as bulldozers, helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft.
8. Describe the safe use of chain saws and related equipment as it concerns felling, limbing, and bucking operations.
9. Identify the basic components of chain saws and perform routine maintenance and identify and troubleshoot malfunctions.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction
    A. History of wildland fire technology/suppression
    B. Fire terminology
    C. Wildland firefighting agencies
II. Environmental Factors Influencing Fire Behavior
    A. Fuels
    B. Weather factors
    C. Topography
III. Fire Suppression and Firefighter Safety
    A. Fire line safety and fire shelters
    B. Fire standards
    C. Fire line construction and safety
    D. Mop-up techniques and safety
IV. Operation, maintenance, and safety of fire fighting equipment
     A. Chain saws, power saws, and crosscut saws
    B. Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft procedures and safety
    C. Field skills
          1. Techniques (felling, limbing, bucking)
         2. Line construction
V. Regulations
    A. Incident Command System (I.C.S.)
    B. Chain of command
VI. Fire Use
    A. Silviculture practices
    B. Improving forest and range lands
    C. Native American use of fire for land management

Assignments:
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1. Weekly readings assignments (10-15 pages)
2. Weekly homework assignments
3. Quiz(zes) (1-4)
4. One to two written reports to different fire scenarios (2-3 pages)
5. One term paper (5-8 pages)
6. One oral presentation based on the term paper (15 minutes)
7. One midterm; one 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 - 30%
Term paper, fire scenario written reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Oral presentation
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Quiz(zes), midterm, final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Firefighter's Handbook on Wildland Firefighting: Strategy, Tactics and Safety. 4th ed. Fire Protection Publications. 2018
Wildland Firefighting: Fire Behavior, Tactics & Command. Perry, Donald G. Fire Publications, Inc. 1990 (classic)
Prescribed Burning in California Wildlands Vegetation Management. Biswell, Harold H. University of California Press. 1999 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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