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Course Description

Fire Technology - FIRE 125

Building Construction for the Fire Service (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course examines the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design are explored. Analysis of these structural elements are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations and operating at emergencies.

Prerequisites

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

  • None.

Course Competencies

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

  • Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, buildings codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy and tactics.
  • Classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local/model building code.
  • Analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building construction.
  • Explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships.
  • Identify the function of each principle structural component in typical building design.
  • Differentiate between fire resistance and flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each.
  • Classify occupancy designations of the building code.
  • Identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety.
  • Identify the role of GIS as it relates to building construction.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.

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