Maricopa Community Colleges  FSC102   19956-19995 
Official Course Description:   MCCCD Approval:  06/27/95  
FSC102      19956-19995 L+L 4 Credit(s) 8 Period(s)
Fire Department Operations I
Introductory fire science course primarily designed for the new fire department recruit. Includes fire fighting skills, equipment, and administrative policies. Prerequisites: None.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
FSC102   19956-19995 Fire Department Operations I
1. Explain the organization, services provided, and dispatch policies of the fire department. (I)
2. Describe the theory of fire behavior, phases of fire, types of fires, and the methods of fire control. (II)
3. Describe the importance of firefighter safety and explain what constitutes protective clothing. (III)
4. Assemble, don, and use a self-contained breathing apparatus. (III)
5. Use proper rope inspection procedure, and tie the standard knots and hitches used by the fire department. (IV)
6. Describe the components of a water supply system and use the proper method of operating a fire hydrant. (V)
7. Explain the types, functions, and maintenance of fire apparatus. (VI)
8. Perform the standard hose rolls, carries, and evolutions used by the fire department. (VII)
9. Perform the standard ladder evolutions used by the fire department. (VIII)
10. Operate the various power tools used by the fire department. (IX)
11. Describe the principles of building construction, types of construction, and how building construction relates to firefighting operations. (X)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
FSC102   19956-19995 Fire Department Operations I
    I. Fire department organization
        A. Scope of services provided and goal statement
        B. Fire department chain of command
        C. Management policies
          1. Rules and regulations
          2. Standard operating procedures
        D. The traditional fire service
        E. Improvements in the fire service
        F. Types of alarms dispatched
        G. Dispatch policy
          1. Jurisdiction
          2. Screening calls
        H. Communication procedures
          1. Radio communications
          2. Receiving calls in the station
      II. Fire behavior
          A. Definition of fire
          B. Elements of combustion
          C. Methods of heat transfer
            1. Conduction
            2. Convection
            3. Radiation
          D. Phases of fire
            1. Incipient
            2. Free-burning
            3. Smoldering
          E. Four classes of fires
            1. Class A - ordinary combustibles
            2. Class B - flammable liquids
            3. Class C - live electrical equipment
            4. Class D - combustible metals
          F. Fire extinguishment theory
          G. Fire control methods
        III. Fireground and station safety
            A. Types of injuries sustained
            B. Accidents
              1. Unsafe acts
              2. Unsafe conditions
            C. Human factors in safety
            D. Goals and objectives of safety program
            E. Fireground safety procedures
            F. Fire station safety
            G. Accident reporting
              1. Injuries
              2. Exposures
            H. Protective clothing
              1. Definition and policy
              2. when and what to wear
              3. Specifications and protection levels
              4. Other self-protection concerns
                a. Jewelry
                b. Equipment storage
                c. Equipment repair and replacement
            I. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
              1. Types of gases
              2. Products of combustion
              3. Effects of contaminated environments on firefighters
              4. SCBA policies
              5. Introduction to the SCBA
                a. Manufacturing
                b. Parts
                c. Assembly
                d. Donning procedure
                e. Wearing the SCBA
                f. Air utilization and quality
              6. Lifelines
              7. Emergency use
              8. Remote air systems
          IV. Ropes and knots
              A. Types of ropes used
              B. Inspection and care of ropes
              C. Knots and hitches used
              D. Raising equipment
            V. Water supply
                A. Characteristics of water
                B. Hydrologic cycle
                C. Metropolitan water supply
                D. Uses of water system
                E. Water main valves
                F. Fire hydrant operations
                  1. Description and method
                  2. Types of hydrants
                  3. Inspection program
                  4. Hydrant testing procedure
                    a. Private
                    b. Public
              VI. Fire apparatus
                  A. Types and functions
                    1. Engine Companies
                    2. Ladder Companies
                    3. Others
                  B. Apparatus equipment
                  C. Checking apparatus and equipment
                  D. Apparatus maintenance
                VII. Fire hose and evolutions
                    A. Types, use, and care
                    B. Hose constructions
                    C. Hose couplings
                    D. Appliances and equipment
                    E. Nozzles
                      1. Solid stream
                      2. Fog stream
                    F. Hose loads
                    G. Hose rolls
                      1. Straight
                      2. Donut
                      3. Storage
                    H. Hose carries, drags, and advances
                    I. Hose placement
                      1. Engine companies
                      2. Ladder companies
                    J. Extending hose lines
                      1. Dry lines
                      2. Charged lines
                    K. Standard hose evolutions
                  VIII. Fire service ladders and evolutions
                      A. Types of ladders and their uses
                        1. Straight
                        2. Roof
                        3. Extension
                        4. Folding
                        5. Aerial
                      B. Construction features of ladders
                      C. General ladder concepts and terms
                      D. Ladder carries
                      E. Climbing techniques
                      F. Ladder safety
                      G. Methods of raising and using ladders
                      H. Standard ladder evolutions
                    IX. Power tools
                        A. Types
                        B. Maintenance
                        C. Methods of operation
                        D. Special uses
                        E. Safety in operating power tools
                      X. Building construction
                          A. Types of construction
                          B. Construction principles
                          C. Strength of common building materials
                          D. Variables of structural materials
                          E. Wall construction
                          F. Construction of columns
                          G. Construction of trusses, rafters, and arches
                          H. Roof construction
                          I. Floor and ceiling construction
                          J. Design deficiencies responsible for fire spread
                          K. Structural collapse
                          L. Importance and methods of pre-planning
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