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Course Description

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Fire Technology - FIRE 112

Fire Fighter 1 - Basic Fire Suppression

10 Credit Hours
6 Lecture Hours
4 Laboratory Hours

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to basic fire suppression, prevention procedures and skill development. FIRE 112 is provided as the first of two courses, which constitute the equivalent of the Basic Fire Academy and is offered for students who prefer to attend on a part-time basis. This course is for students who are currently employed by a Michigan Fire Marshal recognized fire department or currently seeking employment and/or volunteer in a recognized fire district. This course meets the state-mandated requirements for preparing students to take the exam for state certification for entry-level on-call or volunteer fire fighters.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • Michigan state law mandates that persons taking this course must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid Michigan driver's license.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the course requirements for certification.
  • Examine the legal basis for fire department functions.
  • Explain the structure and operation of fire departments.
  • Explain fire phases, basic theory of combustion, and characteristics of fire behavior.
  • Evaluate the procedures for rescue work in structural fires, cave-ins, and vehicles.
  • Demonstrate correct search procedures for locating and rescuing victims.
  • Identify the basic structure of buildings for purposes of gaining access when locked.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of forcible-entry tools.
  • Compare the types of fire service ropes and knots.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of ropes and knots.
  • Identify the types and uses of fire service ladders.
  • Demonstrate the proper carrying technique and use of ladders.
  • Differentiate the purpose and procedure for ventilation.
  • Demonstrate proper ventilation techniques.
  • Identify the types and characteristics of fire service hoses.
  • Demonstrate the various rolls and loads of fire service hoses.
  • Identify the parts of a water distribution system.
  • Assess the principles of tanker operations.
  • Determine the methods of water applications in a fire stream.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of streams.
  • Explain the eight basic divisions of fire fighting.
  • Interpret the purpose of and demonstrate the procedure for basic salvage operations.
  • Demonstrate the apparatus used in fire service.
  • Categorize the types and characteristics of fire extinguishers.
  • Demonstrate proper use of fire extinguishers.
  • Breakdown the basic structural elements of a building.
  • Prioritize basic fire prevention activities.
  • Outline the procedures for detecting and preserving evidence of fire cause.
  • Explain basic fire prevention activities.
  • Identify the laws, codes, and ordinances governing fire inspection procedures.
  • Identify the basic resources, procedures, and safety operations during aircraft fire control or rescue.
  • Examine the basic components and operation of a sprinkler system.
  • Categorize the hazards of various utilities as they affect fire operations.
  • Evaluate the factors concerning stress in fire fighting.
  • Examine the types, operations, and use of fire alarms.
  • Demonstrate first aid, including splinting and bandaging.
  • Examine the responsibilities of a first responder in a hazardous-material incident.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Winter; 2021; FIRE TECHNOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/11/2021

 112318151Fire Fighter 1PSTC10Harper M / Carroll L5/35/0Open$137.00T R  06:00 PM-09:54 PM ATC115
S  08:00 AM-05:00 PM ATC115
 112318152Fire Fighter 1PSTC10Harper M / Carroll L2/35/0Open$47.00T R  06:00 PM-09:54 PM ATC115

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday