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About the Fire Science Driver/Operator Certificate

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  18
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The Fire Science Driver/Operator certificate is designed to prepare the student to become a driver/operator of fire service pumping apparatus and hydraulics as it relates to the fire service.


Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
FSC137 Fire Protection Hydraulics/Wat

FSC 137. Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply (3). Theoretical foundation in the principles of water use for fire protection. Includes application of the laws of hydraulics to analyze and solve water supply problems. Three lecture.

1. Hydraulics origin and history within the fire service
2. Water volume, weight, chemical and physical properties
3. Force and pressure
4. Velocity, flow calculations and relations
5. Friction loss and effects, conversion factors, GPM and hose sizes
6. Pump theory and operation
7. Theory of drafting and pump testing
8. Fire streams
9. Engine pressure calculations
10. Water supply and distribution systems
11. Standpipes, sprinklers and fireground formulas

1. Use mathematics and physics to calculate the movement of water in fire supression activities. (1-5, 8-11)
2. Identify the design principles of pumping apparatus. (6, 7)
3. Analyze community fire flow demand criteria. (4,10,11)
4. Explain the principles of forces that affect water, both at rest and in motion. (2-5,8)
5. List and describe the various types of water distribution systems. (2,10)
6. Discuss the various types of fire pumps. (7, 10)

1. Pre- and Post-test.

FSC138 Fire Department Apparatus

FSC 138. Fire Department Apparatus (3). Responsibilities and skills required of fire department pumping apparatus drivers/operators. Includes operation of pumping apparatus at simulated fire and hazardous materials incidents. Preparation for the competencies of NFPA 1002, Standard on Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications. Two lecture. Three lab.

1. Apparatus driver/operator basic responsibilities and requirements
2. Types of fire apparatus equipped with a pump
3. Apparatus inspection and maintenance
4. Operating emergency vehicles
5. Positioning apparatus
6. Water and fire service supply systems
7. Fire hose, nozzles, and flow rates
8. Theoretical pressure calculations
9. Fireground hydraulic calculations
10. Fire pump theory
11. Operating fire pumps
12. Static water supply sources
13. Relay pumping operations
14. Water shuttle operations
15. Foam equipment and systems
16. Apparatus testing

1. Perform safety inspection on fire department pumper. (1, 3)
2. Identify elements of fire department pumper. (2, 10)
3. Operate emergency vehicles adhering to state and local laws. (4)
4. Identify safety guidelines pursuant to the operation of fire department apparatus. (5, 16)
5. Determine the characteristics and limitations of fire department apparatus, pumps, and water supplies. (6, 11, 12, 14, 15)
6. Operate various types of fire service pumps and explain their operation. (8-10)
7. Analyze and identify different fire department equipment. (6, 7)
8. Ascertain fire department equipment problems and make immediate corrective actions to resolve issues. (11)
9. Safely operate fire department apparatus. (4, 11-13)
10. Apply the proper course of action to various emergency and non-emergency incidents. (1, 4, 11)

1. Pre- and Post-test

FSC236 Occupational Safety/Hlth Emer

>FSC 236.Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services (3). Basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Includes risk and hazard evaluation and control procedures for emergency service organizations. Three lecture.

1. History of occupational safety and health in industry and in emergency service organizations
2. Identification of safety problems
3. Review of national injury statistics
4. National, state, and private organizations
5. Regulations versus standards
6. Safety-related regulations and standards
7. Risk management
8. Safety program development and management
9. Employee fitness/wellness programs
10. Pre- and post-incident safety and management
11. Safety at fire emergencies, EMS emergencies, and specialized incidents
12. Personal roles

1. Discuss the history of occupational health and safety. (1)
2. Identify occupational health and safety programs for industry and emergency services today. (1,3,4,8)
3. Compare and contrast standards and regulations. (5,6)
4. List and describe the components of risk identification, risk evaluation, and incident management. (7,10,11)
5. Describe the relevance for safety in the work place including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). (2,3,7,8,12)
6. Apply the knowledge of an effective safety plan to pre-incident planning, response, and training activities. (8,10,11)
7. Explain the components of an accountability system in emergency service operations. (11,12)
8. Discuss the need, and process, for post-incident analysis. (10)
9. Describe the components and value of critical incident management programs. (8-10,12)
10. Describe the responsibilities of individual responders, supervisors, safety officers, and managers as they relate to health and safety programs. (12)
11. List the components of a wellness/fitness plan. (9)
12. Identify and analyze the major causes involved in line-of-duty firefighter deaths related to health, wellness, fitness and vehicle operations. (2,3,7,8,12)

FSC238 Strategy and Tactics

FSC 238. Strategy and Tactics (3). Principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents. Three lecture.

1. Fire chemistry terms and concepts
2. Extinguishing equipment
3. Visual perception
4. Pre-planning
5. Size-up
6. Pre-fire planning
7. Concept/phases/methods/format
8. Occupancy classifications and building types
9. Basic divisions of tactics
10. Plan of operations
11. Rescue
12. Exposures
13. Confinement

1. Discuss fire behavior as it relates to strategies and tactics. (1,3,7,9,10)
2. Explain the main components of pre-fire planning and identify steps needed for a pre-fire plan review. (4,6,8)
3. Identify the basics of building construction and how they interrelate to pre-fire planning and strategy and tactics. (2,8-13)
4. Describe the steps taken during size-up. (3-5,10)
5. Examine the significance of fire ground communications. (9-11)
6. Identify the roles of the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Incident Management System (ICS) as they relate to strategy and tactics. (2,5,10,11)
7. Discuss the various roles and responsibilities in ICS/NIMS. (9,10)

FSC239 Fire Department Co Officer

FSC 239. Fire Department Company Officer (3). Supervisory methods for the fire service in fire safety, fire department organization and personnel supervision. Elements of management for the first-level Company Officer Supervisor. Includes principles of organization, communication, leadership and emergency incident management. Three lecture.

1. Organizational structure
2. Communications
3. The company as a group
4. Leadership as a group influence
5. Elements of management
6. Company motivation
7. Career counseling
8. Problem solving
9. Pre-incident surveys
10. Fireground management
11. Incident command and communications
12. Firefighter safety and health
13. Company officer liability

1. Describe a typical fire department's organizational structure.
2. Describe the functions and processes of the internal communications system.
3. Apply leadership and management strategies for effective individual and group performance.
4. Apply motivational strategies to individual and group performance.
5. Perform pre-incident surveys
6. Develop a plan for firefighter safety during regular job duties and emergencies.
7. Identify potential liability issues of the company officer and a plan to prevent occurrences.
8. Perform as the emergency scene commander.

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 Driver/Operator Certificate program, the learner will be able to:


  1. Describe principles and characteristics of hydraulics and operate fire hydraulic pumps currently in use in the fire service. Compute nozzle pressures and characterize related hydraulics problems.  (FSC137)
  2. Deploy and operate fire apparatus and equipment and explain the principles and characteristics of water pressure. Identify types of pumps used in fire apparatus. (FSC138)
  3. Prescribe safety procedures for personnel operating in the fire ground. (FSC236)
  4. Direct firefighting operations to achieve maximum property conservation. (FSC238)
  5. Lead and manage functions and processes as the emergency scene commander. (FSC239)
  6. Determine factors and principles related to fire resistance, building codes and fire suppression issues. (FSC241)