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Fire Science (FSC)

FSC 101  Introduction to the Fire Service
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course teaches the many functions of the fire service, its importance and origins. It is designed to acquaint the student with the philosophy and history of the fire service and fire protection, the exacting loss of life and property, and the organization and function of public and private fire protection agencies. Emphasis is placed on the organization and function of federal, state, county, city, and private fire protection. (on demand)

FSC 110  (210) Building Construction Principles
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course highlights and assesses the problems and hazards to fire personnel when a building is attacked by fire or is under stress from other factors dealing with collapse. Emphasis is placed on construction principles: wood, ordinary, steel, concrete, and truss construction. (on demand)

FSC 131  (220) Fire Extinguishment Principles
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This is a study of water supplies and services, fire extinguishing chemicals, and the selection and use of extinguishing agents.  Emphasis is placed on dry chemical, dry powder, foam and halogenated agents. (on demand)

FSC 160  (120) Hazards Awareness
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course includes the basic awareness of characteristics and behavior of solids, liquids, and gases when involved in fire. Emphasis is placed on characteristics, storage, and handling of various materials. (on demand)

FSC 161  Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course is for emergency response personnel who may be first on the scene of a hazardous materials emergency. First responders at the awareness level are expected to recognize the presence of hazardous materials, protect themselves, secure the area, and call for trained personnel. At the operational level, the first responder uses the knowledge gained from the awareness level to act in a defensive posture to protect people, the environment, or property from the effects of an unplanned hazardous materials release. This course meets the requirements of the mandatory Awareness/Operational training in hazardous materials required by Title III - Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 and NFPA 472, Standard on Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents current edition. (on demand)

FSC 201  (205) Fire Instructor I
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
A course that trains participants to teach a class from a prepared lesson plan. This course introduces the student to the concept of utilizing training aids to enhance his/her presentation, how to properly select these training aids, and how to use the training aid selected. Subject areas for this course include: Communication, Concepts of Learning, Methods of Teaching, Organizing the Class, Performance Evaluations, Testing and Evaluations, The Lesson Plan, Teaching Techniques, and the Use of Instructional Materials. The student will give several presentations during the week, all leading to the final fifteen minute graded presentation on the final day of class. (on demand)

FSC 202  (206) Fire Instructor II
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course provides the Fire Instructor I with the next level of understanding for the training of personnel. This course trains the participants to perform job and task analysis, develop goals and objectives, and develop a lesson plan along with the coordinating training aids, and student tests and evaluation. During the course, the students are divided into groups, each of which is responsible for the development of a lesson plan to be presented to the class on the final day. (on demand)

FSC 203  (207) Fire Instructor III
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course is intended for the instructor who is ready to assume a leadership role by moving into the upper management level of his/her department. This course consists of subjects designed to give the instructor more knowledge of management and supervision so that he/she can make basic evaluations of employee relations and assume a more proactive role in their department. If you bring your own laptop computer the required soft ware is Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. (on demand)

FSC 208  (200) Fire Combat Tactics and Strategy
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course is designed to offer the advanced firefighter or beginning fire officer the necessary information and related techniques to ensure effective fire scene operations. Topics of study include: Pre-fire Planning, Tactical Operations, and Scene Management Techniques. Students are given the opportunity to participate in group activities, discussions, and practical exercises to further enhance the learning experience and reinforce methodology discussed. (on demand)

FSC 220  (260) National Incident Management Systems II (NIMS II)
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course will extend the students understanding of NIMS I and allow them to operate in several complex roles in a Unified Command system. These positions may include Command and General Staff, Incident Command, and deputies and/or assistants to the Incident Commander. This is accomplished by utilizing tabletop exercises and real-time scenarios. This course will meet the baseline requirements for the NIMS 300 and NIMS 400. (on demand)

FSC 230  (297K) Rescue Technician: Rope
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: Certified Volunteer Firefighter or Certified Firefighter I or documented proof of Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operational training, Introduction to Technical Rescue, completion of EMT Basic course.
Code C
This course in rope rescue techniques includes a classroom review of equipment, knots and rope safety. Instruction events include: establishing need for rope rescue; uses and limitations of equipment; knotcraft; safety aspects; anchoring systems; rescue rappelling; third man rescue; lowering systems and other aspects of rope rescue. (on demand)

FSC 231  (297H) Rescue Technician: Confined Space
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: Certified Volunteer Firefighter or Certified Firefighter I or documented proof of Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operational training, Introduction to Technical Rescue, completion of EMT Basic course.
Code C
This course is designed for both fire department personnel and private industry, this course provides responders with a comprehensive understanding of accidents involving a confined space. It teaches the responder how to recognize the hazard, access the victim, stabilize the victim and the proper procedures for retrieval. Practical and classroom sessions focus on the three primary hazards associated with confined space rescue: physical, atmospheric, and physiological. Realistic training evolutions using the latest in equipment and techniques ensure student retention of this material. (on demand)

FSC 232  (297J) Rescue Technician: Trench
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: Certified Volunteer Firefighter or Certified Firefighter I or documented proof of Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operational training, Introduction to Technical Rescue, completion of EMT Basic course.
Code C
A course designed to offer a combination of classroom and practical evolutions that allow the student to learn proper techniques to make open trenches and excavations safe for victim access and removal. The class is made realistic by actual sheeting and shoring operations of “unsafe” trenches, by using shoring equipment, and practice in developing skills in lifting practices within the trench environment. (on demand)

FSC 233  (297L) Rescue Technician: Structural Collapse
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: Certified Volunteer Firefighter or Certified Firefighter I or documented proof of Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operational training, Introduction to Technical Rescue, completion of EMT Basic course.
Code C
This course is designed to comply with NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications. It is an intense course which addresses heavy construction collapse and emphasizes the following discipline areas: breaching and breaking, lifting and moving, interior shoring, exterior shoring, and cutting and burning. (on demand)

FSC 237  (297M) Rescue Technician: Vehicle and Machinery
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: Certified Volunteer Firefighter or Certified Firefighter I or documented proof of Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operational training, Introduction to Technical Rescue, completion of EMT Basic course.
Code C
This course is designed to offer a combination of classroom and practical evolutions that allow the student to learn proper techniques to plan for a vehicle/machinery incident, establish fire protection, stabilize a vehicle or machine, isolate potential harmful energy sources, determine vehicle access and egress points, create access and egress openings for rescue, disentangle victims, remove a packaged victim to a designated safe area, and terminate a vehicle/machinery incident. (on demand)

FSC 241  (240) Fire Investigator I
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course targets fire investigators, police officers, and company-level officers with a desire to learn more about determining the origin and cause of fire. Students wishing to attend this course should be prepared for an intense week of training and practical skills application.  Topics covered include: Determining the Point of Origin, Burn Patterns, Evidence Collection and Analysis, Interviewing Techniques, and Court Procedure and Testifying. (on demand)

FSC 242  (241) Fire Investigator II
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This is an introduction to arson and incendiarism, arson laws, methods of determining fire causes, evidence, interviewing and detaining witnesses, procedures in handling juveniles, and court procedures. (on demand)

FSC 251  (250) Fire Inspector I
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
A beginning level course for firefighters and other interested parties wishing to become more involved in the aspect of fire prevention and inspections. This course is primarily designed for those entering into fire service inspections and would be extremely useful to city inspectors and company level officers. Some of the topics covered in this course include: Building Construction, Decorative Materials and Furnishings, Fire Drills, Inspection Procedure, Code Enforcement, and Fire Alarm and Communications. (on demand)

FSC 252  (297B) Fire Inspector II
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course delves deeper into the interpretation of applicable codes and standards, covers the procedure involved in various types of inspections, and prepares the inspector for the plans review process. It is an advanced level course which covers a wide range of topics some of which are: Inspection Procedure, Building Construction, Occupancy Classification and Means of Egress, Fire Protection and Water Supply Systems, Plans Review, and the Storage of Hazardous Materials. (on demand)

FSC 253  (297C) Fire Inspector III
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course provides the participant with an in-depth view of the skills and duties required of the Fire Inspector III. The Fire Inspector III is an individual at the third and most advanced level of progression, who has met the job performance requirements specified in NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner, current edition. The Fire Inspector III performs all types of fire inspections, plans review duties, and resolves complex code-related issues. (on demand)

FSC 254  (230) The ISO (AIA) Standards
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course is a study of insurance theory and practice, the economics of the ISO grading system and a city’s fire defense and insurance rates. Included is a detailed analysis of a city’s water supply, fire department, fire alarm, fire prevention, and other grading methods of fire defense. (on demand)

FSC 255  (297E) Public Fire and Life Safety Educator
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
With the leading cause of death among children being unintentional injuries, the need for fire and life safety education has become evident in today’s society. This course will train the student to coordinate and deliver existing comprehensive community fire and injury prevention programs designed to eliminate or mitigate situations that endanger lives, health, property, and the environment. (on demand)

FSC 261  (104) Hazmat Technician
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course is designed for the student already certified at the Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operational level, this course develops the skills already learned and provides in-depth training in the mitigation of hazardous materials incidents. Through both classroom and practical training the student becomes familiar with health and safety issues, incident management, hazard and risk analysis, personal protective clothing, and decontamination. (on demand)

FSC 270  Fire Protection Systems
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course will teach students the design and operation of fire protection systems for commercial, residential, and special hazard environments. Students will understand the general principals of automatic sprinkler systems, heat and smoke control systems, standpipe systems, and fire detection/ alarm systems, and portable extinguishing systems. (on demand)

FSC 280  Fire Apparatus and Equipment
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This is a study of driving laws, techniques, construction and operation of pumping engines, ladder trucks, aerial platforms, specialized equipment and apparatus maintenance. (on demand)

FSC 291  (292) Fire Officer I
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
The Fire Officer I curriculum identifies the requirements necessary to perform the duties of a first line supervisor.  This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of management and supervision by concentration on such topics as: Organizational Structure, Communication Skills, Human Resource Management, Public Relations, Planning, Emergency Service Delivery, and Safety. (on demand)

FSC 292  (293) Fire Officer II
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course is structured for the fire officer who is ready to assume a leadership role by moving into the middle management level of his/her department. This course gives the officer more knowledge of management and supervision so that he/she can make basic evaluations of employee relations and assume a proactive role in their department. This course expands on the knowledge base attained in Fire Officer I by revisiting some of the same subjects and adding additional material. Some new subject areas include information management, government structure, and department budget planning and management. (on demand)

FSC 293  (294) Fire Officer III
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course is specialized for the chief officer who is ready to advance into the upper management level of his/her department. This course consists of subjects designed to give the officer more knowledge of management and administration so that he/she can make basic evaluations of employee relations and assume a more proactive role in their department. This is a projects-based class. (on demand)

FSC 294 (297D)  Fire Officer IV
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course meets executive management level needs. The course is designed to meet the elements of NFPA 1021, Chapter 7. Fire Officer IV will emphasize management of fire protection services to include human resource management, multi-agency emergency service delivery with horizontal/vertical communication requirements and risk management. There will be group interactive exercises, which will reinforce class lectures. (on demand)

FSC 295  (297A) Fire Department Safety Officer
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
The purpose of this course is to provide training for fire officers and firefighters on the role and responsibilities of the Incident Safety Officer, and to allow participants to practice some of the key skills needed for competency as an Incident Safety Officer. This training program is for Fire Officers who could be asked to assume the duties of the Incident Safety Officer either as a staff assignment or an on-scene appointment. The program is also appropriate for firefighters who will be working on-scene with the Incident Safety Officer and must understand and appreciate the scope and duties of the job. (on demand)

FSC 299  Legal Aspects of the Fire Service
3 semester hours
Prerequisite: None   Code C
This course introduces students to the legal obligations and responsibilities within the fire service along with the limitations and restrictions placed on emergency responders. Students will discuss and apply federal and state laws, codes, regulations and standards relevant to the fire service. Both civil and criminal law will be addressed. (on demand)