PLA Portfolio Assessment Course Subjects

Fire

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Introduction to Fire Science   (FIS-101)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
An introductory course designed to examine the fire protection field. The student will be provided with an understanding of the behavior of fire and the strategy and tactics used in its prevention, extinguishment, and investigation. The value of public and private fire protection services will be emphasized.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain the history, organization and function of public and private fire protection services and their relationship to local, state, federal government and private fire protection agencies.
  • Describe the chemistry and behavior of fire.
  • Display knowledge of building classification, types of construction, and design features that limit smoke and fire spread and provide safe evacuation.
  • Explain fire prevention and the programs used to educate, enforce and maintain a fire safe environment.
  • Discuss fire protection systems, the types of systems in use today, the extinguishment method, and the design and inspection requirements for effective protection.
  • Examine the concept of leadership and management in the fire service. The types of leadership, management issues, and the role of the fire officer in managing a fire company or department.
  • Discuss the concept of incident management and its role at every event in order to manage the incident to its conclusion.
  • Describe laws, rules, and regulations affecting the fire service. Discuss fire protection terminology and jargon.
  • Analyze recent events, incidents, design and material development, and challenges to providing adequate fire safety and protection in a changing environment.
  • Describe fire Investigation and the role of the fire official in determination of cause and origin.
  • Discuss any of the following topics as they relate to the fire service: positions in the fire service, water supply, hazardous materials, strategy and tactics, fire department resources, new technology.

 
Fundamentals of Fire Protection   (FIS-102)   3.00 s.h.  
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Studies the history and philosophy of fire protection; reviews statistics of loss of life and property by fire; introduces the agencies involved in fire protection, current legislative development and career orientation, recruitment and training for fire departments, position classification and pay plans; employee organizations; and discusses current related problems and a review of expanding future fire protection problems. 
Introduction to Industrial Fire Prevention   (FIS-201)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
This course gives non-fighter students an understanding of the function & goals of a fire safety professional in private industry. Industrial fire hazards, the cause of these hazards and methods of correcting these hazards are discussed & illustrated in depth. OSHA regulations pertaining to the establishment, functions and duties & the training of employees other than the fire brigade are also covered.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain the various options available to a private industry regarding fires and other emergency situations within the plant or building.
  • Identify the purpose, establishment, and responsibilities of the industrial fire brigade.
  • Discuss the setup, operation, and training of a fire brigade, citing the governing standards for fire brigades.
  • Explain the three elements of industrial fire protection.
  • Describe the requirements for a company emergency action plan.
  • Citing examples, discuss industrial fire hazards, their causes, prevention, and methods of correction.
  • Identify and discuss OSHA industrial fire safety requirements and employee training programs to meet those requirements.

 
Fire Suppression Systems   (FIS-242)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Fire suppression and protection systems, including characteristics and usage of sprinkler systems, wet pipe systems, stand pipe systems, heat detectors, smoke detectors; covers components of sprinkler systems, values, O.S.Y. and P.I.V. valves, spacing of sprinkler heads according to occupancy classification temperature rating and color coding of sprinkler heads, and Fire Department support, connections and emergency involvement.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Refer to regulatory or design guidance documents and show the required spacing and types of fire sprinkler heads required in a variety of situations.
  • Explain the design of a sprinkler system for a building, including auxiliary water sources, additional input sources, and standpipes.
  • List and discuss the differences between wet and dry sprinkler systems.
  • Give examples and explain the difference between fire suppression and fire protection systems.
  • Identify the primary types of sprinkler heads by their size, shape, or coding, and explain their proper use.
  • Explain the reasons for selecting a particular fire protection or fire suppression system for different types of buildings.
  • Explain the use of standpipes and how they differ from sprinkler systems.
  • Discuss fire protection systems and their uses in modern building construction.

 
Management of Fire Prevention Programs   (FIS-322)   3.00 s.h.  
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The course examines contemporary issues in the management of fire prevention functions. Top-level fire managers address present day and potential challenges in fire prevention. Topics include effective management principles, leadership styles, structure of the fire prevention manager, promoting fire prevention, and the law in fire prevention. Modern management literature is integrated with fire prevention concepts. 
Strategic Analysis of Fire Prevention   (FIS-372)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
This course examines community fire protection and fire service issues using a case study approach to enhance the officer's ability to perform at the executive level. Emphasis is on transfer of skills to local organizations. An independent research project is included as a major component of the course. (FIS-372) 3.00 s.h.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain the principles of life safety in buildings and how these principles provide the foundation for fire prevention.
  • Discuss the historical perspective of the influence of tragic fires on the development of current fire prevention and fire safety education programs.
  • Compare the relationships among: fire prevention efforts within the community, fire investigation, fire inspections, and fire and building code administration/enforcement.
  • Categorize how fire-incidence risks are identified, and explain how specific programs are developed to mitigate occupant risks for special groups, i.e. children, older adults, and for various high risk occupancies.
  • From a fire service command perspective, explain how to establish a shared vision for the community, one which provides adequate long term fire and emergency service protection to the residents and businesses in the community.
  • Analyze internal and external issues which could affect the community's fire and EMS programs for the near and distant future.
  • Assess the community's master plan and develop a plan of action to meet the fire and EMS needs throughout the master planning period.
  • Compare and contrast the use of databases, histograms, inferential statistics and probabilities, and GIS results to determine future facility sites.

 
Forest Fire Protection and Management   (FOR-371)   3.00 s.h.  
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Characteristics and role of fire in forest ecosystems. Major topics covered include fuels, fire weather, fire behavior, fire danger rating systems, fire control, and prescribed burning. 
Meteorology and Fire Behavior   (FOR-471)   3.00 s.h.  
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Atmospheric physics and the physics and chemistry of combustion lead to discussions of fire behavior and the strategy and tactics of fire suppression. 
Fire Protection Inspector, ICS II   (COD-143)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Covers techniques for plans review and field inspection of fire protection systems and electrical systems. A detailed study of code focusing on its relation to fire prevention.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Read, interpret, and apply applicable Uniform Construction Code requirements which pertain to fire protection systems for commercial and industrial facility buildings.
  • Review project plans for industrial or commercial buildings to verify compliance with applicable code requirements.
  • Identify and be able to explain (to the building engineer or manager) any areas of non-compliance with code requirements pertaining to fire protection systems for commercial and industrial facility buildings.
  • Conduct field inspections at industrial and commercial structures to verify all fire protection systems are properly installed and accurately determine compliance with applicable code requirements.
  • Prepare accurate technical reports pertaining to findings from plan reviews or field inspection visits.

 
Fire Prevention and Inspection   (COD-145)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
A study of the principles of fire prevention and inspection with emphasis on the standards designed to protect lives and property from fire and explosion. Based upon the NJ Uniform Fire Codes it covers the regulations, administrative aspects, and enforcement provisions of life safety systems of buildings, safe use and maintenance of facilities, handling of hazardous materials, retrofit requirements of the code and techniques for fire investigation and inspection.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Conduct field inspections in accordance with appropriate fire or building codes and standards, and prepare inspection reports of those field inspections.
  • Investigate common complaints concerning compliance with appropriate fire or building codes and standards, and determine the proper resolution.
  • Maintain fire inspection reports, complaint investigation files, and related documents in accordance with applicable record-keeping policies of the jurisdiction.
  • Cite the proper fire or building code or standard, given an identified fire protection, fire prevention, or life safety issue.
  • Properly identify the occupancy classification of a single-use occupancy, in accordance with appropriate fire or building codes and standards, and compute its allowable occupancy load.
  • Using a combination of field inspections and plan reviews, correctly identify the proper type of construction for an addition or remodeling project to ensure that it meets appropriate fire or building codes and standards.
  • Recognize and properly report hazardous conditions involving equipment, processes, and operations in accordance with appropriate fire or building codes and standards.

 
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