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 Course Title:   Principles of Emergency Services


 Department:    FIRE

 Course #:    100

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    430203

 EPC:    828

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Overview of fire protection and emergency services, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire department as part of local government; laws and regulation affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy & tactics; and life safety initiatives.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Illustrate and explain the history and culture of the fire service. Possess the skills to interact effectively in a multicultural community.
  2. Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical chain reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
  3. Differentiate between fire service training and education and explain the value of higher education to the professionalization of the fire service.
  4. List and describe the major organizations that provide emergency response service and illustrate how they interrelate.
  5. Identify fire protection and emergency service careers in both the public and private sector.
  6. Define the role of national, state, and local support organizations if fire and emergency services.
  7. Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus.
  8. Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.
  9. Identify the primary responsibilities of fire prevention personnel including code enforcement, public information, and public and private protection systems.
  10. Recognize the components of career preparation and goal setting. Describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services.
  11. Understand diversity of ethnic origins, races, gender, beliefs, values, practices, and opinions in carrying out the tasks of fire service professionals.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

Course Contents

  1. Careers in the fire protection/emergency services. History of fire protection.
  2. Fire prevention and public fire education. Scientific terminology.
  3. Building design and construction. Fire detection and suppression systems.
  4. The role of public and private support organizations.
  5. Fire and emergency services equipment and facilities. Management.
  6. Ethnic origins, races, gender, beliefs, values, practices, and opinions in carrying out the tasks of fire service professionals.