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About the Fire Science Community Risk Manager Certificate

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  22
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The Fire Science Community Risk Manager certificate is designed for those interested in training in the area of risk management with a fire prevention emphasis.


Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
FSC104 Haz Mat First Responder Op

FSC 104. Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (3). Introduction to the major categories of hazardous materials. Includes detection, identification, scene management, basic training, equipment planning, strategy and tactics in the management of hazardous materials incidents. Preparation for Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence certification. Prerequisite: MAT 092 or one year of high school algebra or satisfactory score on mathematics skills assessment. Reading Proficiency. Two lecture. Three lab.

1. The hazardous material problem
2. Recognizing and identifying hazardous materials
3. Flammable hazardous materials
4. Reactive hazardous materials
5. Toxic hazardous materials
6. Basic equipment and safety practices
7. Size-up, tactics and strategy
8. Scene management
9. Pre-emergency planning

1. Identify various hazardous materials and their potential dangers, including identification of placarding, labeling and shipping manifests. (1, 2)
2. Respond to and control flammable, reactive and toxic hazardous materials incidents. (3-5)
3. Use procedures necessary for effective size-up, tactical planning and scene management. (7, 8)
4. Identify systems for assessing possible intervention. (7)
5. Identify the three-tier concept of hazardous materials planning. (8)
6. Interpret the hazard and response information for a chosen chemical from the current edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) and a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). (2, 5, 6)
7. Remove a victim from a contaminated area, wash the victim, remove contaminated gear, and coordinate transporting the victim to a facility of higher care. (5-8)
8. Complete SCBA donning procedures within one minute. (6)
9. Match the type of control options for each response objective: absorption, damming, diking, dilution, diversion, retention, vapor dispersion, remote valve shut-off. (2, 6, 8)
10. Apply “Class B” firefighting foam(s) or vapor suppressing agent(s) on a spill or fire involving hazardous materials. (8, 9)

1. Pre- and Post-test

FSC135 Fire Prevention

FSC 135. Fire Prevention (3). Topics of fire prevention including: history and philosophy; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation. Three lecture.

1. Goals, importance and organizations of fire prevention
2. History of major fires and fire prevention in America
3. Responsibilities and professional development
4. Standards for fire prevention personnel
5. Private organizations
6. Roles of government
7. Inspection and enforcement
8. Fire prevention laws, regulations and standards
9. Plans review programs
10. Fire protection engineering
11. Fire investigation
12. Public education

1. Define the national problem, role, history and philosophy of fire prevention. (1,2)
2. Identify and describe fire prevention organizations and associations. (1,5)
3. Define laws, rules, regulations, and codes relevant to fire prevention and the authority having jurisdiction. (5,6,8)
4. Outline the functions of a fire prevention bureau. (1,7,9-12)
5. Explain inspection practices and procedures. (7,8)
6. Identify and describe the standards for professional qualifications for Fire Marshal, Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator. (3,4,8)
7. List opportunities in professional development for fire prevention personnel. (3)

FSC210 Adv Fire Behavior & Combustion

FSC 210. Advanced Fire Behavior and Combustion (3). Advanced theories of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. Three lecture.

1. Math and chemistry review
2. Properties of matter and physics
3. Gaseous combustion
4. Ignitable liquids
5. Solid combustion
6. Heat release rate
7. Heat transfer
8. Ignition
9. Enclosure fire dynamics
10. Fire modeling
11. Extinguishment

1. Identify physical properties of the three states of matter. (2, 4-6)
2. Categorize the components of fire. (4-6)
3. Define the physical and chemical properties of fire, the process of burning and dynamics of combustion. (1-3)
4. Describe the process of burning. (7-9)
5. Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire. (1, 2)
6. Describe the dynamics of fire. (7,8,10)
7. Discuss various materials and their relationship to fires as fuel. (9-11)
8. Explain the characteristics of water as a fire suppression agent. (3, 11)
9. Articulate what suppression agents are, their use and strategies. (11)
10. Compare methods and techniques of fire extinguishments. (11)

1. Pre- and Post-test

FSC225 Legal Aspects of Emerg Serv

FSC 225. Legal Aspects of Emergency Services (4). Federal, state, and local laws that regulate, and national standards that influence, emergency services. Includes standard care, tort, liability and consensus standards as they pertain to emergency services. Four lecture.

1. Legal system of the United States: foundations and Constitution
2. Civil vs. criminal - differences, lawsuits, punishments and burden of proof
3. Tort liability
4. Negligence
5. Judicial systems: U.S. Supreme Court, special courts, local courts and their penalties
6. Federal laws and the fire service including the Fair Labor Standards Act, American Disabilities Act, age discrimination, civil rights and sexual harassment
7. Employee relations, standards for physical testing, residency, grooming, promotions, psychological examinations and polygraphs
8. Fire prevention and fire codes, Fourth Amendment, certifications, building code vs. fire code
9. Mutual aid
10. Hazardous materials
11. Volunteers/contracts, At-will doctrine
12. Arson

1. Define different types of laws, their basic differences, and how they function in society. (1-3, 5, 8)
2. Articulate federal, state and local laws which regulate and influence the emergency services. (2-5, 8-12)
3. Explain the purpose and roles of national codes and standards concerning their legal influence. (6-8)
4. Interpret legal decisions that have, or will, affect emergency services. (2-6, 9)
5. Outline the organizational and legal structure of the emergency services. (1, 5, 8)
6. Define liabilities of emergency service workers. (3-9, 11)
7. Discuss negligence in an emergency setting. (2, 4, 6, 12)
8. Differentiate forms of discrimination and identify areas of potential discrimination in the emergency services. (2, 5, 6)
9. Identify and discuss the legalities of entrance requirements, residency, grooming and testing. (2, 6, 7, 11)
10. Explain the scope of the Civil Rights Act. (1, 2, 6, 8)
11. List the parameters and explain the basic intent of the American Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Family Medical Leave Act. (6)
12. Articulate the At-will doctrine. (11)
13. Specify the purpose of labor and employment laws. (5-7, 11)
14. Identify and analyze the major cause of firefighter deaths in the line of duty related to health, fitness, wellness and vehicle operations. ( 2-7)

1. Pre- and Post-test

FSC234 Fire Investigation

FSC 234. Fire Investigation (3). Fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the fire setter, and types of fire causes. Three lecture.

1. Responsibilities of the Firefighter, Fire Officer, and Fire Department
2. Observations approaching, on arrival at scene, during operations
3. Identification of incendiary devices
4. Criminal law/constitutional amendments
5. Case studies
6. Terminology
7. Fire dynamics
8. Building construction
9. Fire protection systems
10. Basic principles of electricity
11. Health and safety
12. Fire scene investigations
13. Determining point of origin
14. Fire Causes
15. Vehicle fires
16. Fire setters

1. Identify the responsibilities of fire personnel when responding to the scene of a fire, including scene security and evidence preservation. (1-3)
2. Describe the implications of constitutional amendments as they apply to fire investigations. (4).
3. Identify key case law decisions that have affected fire investigations. (5)
4. Define the common terms used in fire investigations. (6)
5. Explain the basic elements of fire dynamics and how they affect cause determination. (7)
6. Describe how fire progression is affected by fire protection systems and a building's design and construction. (7-9,14)
7. Discuss the basic principles of electricity as an ignition source. (10,11)
8. List potential health and safety hazards. (11)
9. Describe the process of conducting investigations using the scientific method. (12, 13)
10. Identify cause and origin and differentiate between accidental and incendiary. (3,13,14,16)
11. Explain the procedures used for investigating vehicle fires. (15)
12. Identify the characteristics of an incendiary fire and common motives of the fire setter. (3,14,16)

FSC235 Fire Protection Systems

FSC 235. Fire Protection Systems (3). Design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. Three lecture.

1. Automatic sprinkler systems
2. Special extinguishing systems
3. Stand pipe and fire extinguisher systems
4. Fire detection and alarm systems

1. Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures. (1,4)
2. Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system including sources, distribution networks, piping and hydrants. (1,4)
3. Explain why water is a commonly used extinguishing agent. (1,3)
4. Identify types and components of sprinkler, standpipe and foam systems. (1-3)
5. Discuss residential and commercial sprinkler legislation. (1,3,4)
6. Identify types of non-water based fire suppression systems. (2)
7. Explain the basic components of a fire alarm system. (4)
8. Identify types of detectors and explain how they detect fire. (4)
9. Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building. (3,4)
10. Discuss the appropriate application of fire protection systems. (1-4)
11. Explain the operation and application of portable fire protection systems. (2,3)

FSC241 Bldg Const for Fire Protection

FSC 241.Building Construction for Fire Protection (3). Components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. Emphasis on the construction and design of structures as key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. Three lecture.

1. The fire problem
2. Principles of construction
3. Wood construction
4. Typical building design and construction
5. Principles of fire resistance
6. Steel construction
7. Concrete construction
8. Flame spread
9. Smoke and fire containment
10. High rise construction

1. Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy, and tactics. (1)
2. Classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local/model building code. (2)
3. Analyze hazards and tactical considerations associated with various types of building construction. (2-4,6,7,10)
4. Explain loads and stresses placed on a building and their interrelationships. (2,5,8)
5. Identify the function of principle structural components in typical building design. (1,2,5,8,9)
6. Differentiate between fire resistance and flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each. (1,2,5,8,9)
7. Classify occupancy designations of the building code. (1,5,8,9)
8. Identify indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety. (1,2,5,8,9)
9. Identify the role of GIS as it relates to building construction. (2,5)


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fire Science Community Risk Manager Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify various hazardous materials and their potential dangers. (FSC104)

  2. Explain issues related to fire prevention and the components and steps of inspection and enforcement. (FSC135)3.

  3. Define types of laws, explain their basic differences, and their function in society. (FSC225)

  4. Identify the main elements determining fire behavior, fuels and fuel properties. Analyze arson, conduct investigations, and present evidence and testimony in court. (FSC234)

  5. Describe fire detection systems and applications, and operate and test fire protection and detection systems. (FSC235)

  6. Determine factors and principles related to fire resistance, building codes and fire suppression issues. (FSC241)

  7. Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire. (FSC210)