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 Course Title:   Basic Firefighter Academy


 Department:    FIRE

 Course #:    119

 Credits:    8

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    10

 CIP:    430203

 EPC:    828

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Prepares student for initial assignment as a basic firefighter with a structural fire agency. Meets minimum training requirements of WAC 296-305 and NFPA Standard 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 88

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Possess a working knowledge of the use, limitations and care of personal protective ensemble and self-contained breathing apparatus.
  2. Extinguish incipient fires with the appropriate extinguisher.
  3. Possess working knowledge of fire service ropes & knots and tie knots common to the fire service and hoist tools and equipment using the correct knot.
  4. Conduct a search and rescue in structures of various configurations and content, operating as a member of a team.
  5. Possess a thorough understanding of safety mandates and practices in the fire service.
  6. Understand the Incident Management System and the concept of a personal accountability system including the use of Passports.
  7. Possess working knowledge of forcible entry tools and demonstrate proper forcible entry techniques through various structural membranes.
  8. Possess working knowledge of fire service ladders and demonstrate adequate skills while carrying, positioning, raising, climbing and working from ladders.
  9. Possess working knowledge of property conservation and perform different salvage cover throws, folds, and rolls.
  10. Shut off a flowing sprinkler head. Explain where to search buildings for hidden fires and how to look for structural stability.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of principles of ventilation and how to utilize various ventilation techniques using hand and power equipment.
  12. Possess working knowledge of fire hose, hose deployment, and hose restoration. Describe the effects of friction loss and elevation gain/loss on the production of fire streams and the characteristics, of various stream types and patterns.
  13. Demonstrate attacking passenger vehicle, dumpster, ground-level structure, above-ground level structure, and a below-ground level structure fires.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.

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.
6.4 Use self-reflection to recognize and define a sense of self-identity in personal, social/gender, and/or cultural/global terms and in relationship to others.
6.5 Develop self-monitoring and self-advocacy skills to effect positive life changes.

Course Contents

  1. Fire. Agency General Requirements.
  2. Fire Service Equipment. Personal Protective Clothing.
  3. Respiratory Protection. Ropes & Knots.
  4. Ground Ladders. Search & Rescue.
  5. Building Construction. Firefighter Survival.
  6. Fire Prevention & Preparedness. Property Conservation.
  7. Forcible Entry. Ventilation.
  8. Fire Behavior. Incident Response.
  9. Supply Hose. Attack Hose.
  10. Building & Utility Control. Fire Attack.