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Fire Technology

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FIRE-30 FIRE PROTECTION ORGANIZATION
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course provides an introduction to fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; and introduction to fire strategy and tactics. (11/04)

FIRE-31 FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
One-way corequisite: FIRE-30. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course presents the theory and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled; an in-depth study of fire chemistry and physics; fire characteristics of materials; extinguishing agents; and fire control techniques. (11/04)

FIRE-32 FIRE PREVENTION TECHNOLOGY
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
One-way corequisite: FIRE-30. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and the relationship of fire prevention with fire safety education and detection and suppression systems. (11/04)

FIRE-33 FIRE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
One-way corequisite: FIRE-30. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course provides information relating to features of design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems, heat and smoke control systems, special protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection, and portable fire extinguishers. (11/04)

FIRE-34 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR FIRE PROTECTION
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
One-way corequisite: FIRE-30. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course is the study of components of building construction that relate to fire safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at fires. The development and evolution of building and fire codes will be studied in relationship to past fires in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies. (11/04)

FIRE-35 FIREFIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course is a review of fire chemistry, equipment and manpower, basic firefighting tactics and strategy, methods of attack, and pre-planning. (11/04)

FIRE-36 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
One-way corequisites: FIRE-30, FIRE-31, FIRE-33.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course introduces the student to the world of hazardous chemicals including their physical properties, uses in industry, and characteristics when involved in spills, fires, and accidents. Basic information regarding emergency procedures, legal requirements, compliance to regulations, health effects and treatment, and fire department protocols and responsibilities are also covered. (11/04)

FIRE-37 FIRE HYDRAULICS
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41;
MATH-80 or MATH-83.
This course is a basic review of mathematics, hydraulic laws and formulas, and water supply and pump requirements as applied to fire service. (11/04)

FIRE-38 FIRE APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41; MATH-80 or MATH-83.
This course pertains to driving laws and driving techniques, and the construction and operation of pumping engines, ladder trucks, aerial platforms, specialized equipment, and apparatus maintenance. (11/04)

FIRE-39 FIRE COMPANY ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURE
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course is a review of fire department organization, fire company organizations, the company officer, fire equipment, maintenance training, fire prevention, firefighting, company firefighting capability, and records and reports. (11/04)

FIRE-47A FIRE INVESTIGATION - IA
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30 or current volunteer, paid call, or seasonal or full-time firefighter for a certified fire protection department. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course is an introduction to arson, laws related to arson, types of incendiary fires, and methods of determining fire cause and recognizing and preserving evidence. A special emphasis will be placed on report-writing techniques. (12/04)

FIRE-47B FIRE INVESTIGATION - IB
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-47A. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course covers evidence related to arson and fire deaths, interviewing, and interrogating. Investigation of structure, wildland, and vehicle fires are covered as well as fire scene documentation; search and seizure laws are also covered. (12/04)

FIRE-49A-ZZ SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN FIRE TECHNOLOGY
0.5 - 4 units: 0.5 - 4 hours lecture, 0 - 12 hours lab.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course is designed to address special topics in fire technology to meet current needs of students. The course will allow pre-service and in-service personnel to maintain the most current training standards in the field. (12/04)

FIRE-61 EMT 1 - NA/FS - EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN I
NON-AMBULANCE/FS

5 units: 4 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisites: FIRE-30. Limitation on enrollment: Current CPR and First Aid card.
This Emergency Medical Technician Training and Certificate program is designed to prepare fire service personnel to render pre-hospital basic life support services under field emergency conditions, and to extricate and prepare victims for transport to an acute care hospital. In contrast to other EMS Authority-approved programs, the EMT-1 NA/FS program emphasizes those skills most used in the fire service, including extrication skills. (12/04)

FIRE-63A BASIC FIREFIGHTER I, ACADEMY
8 units: 7 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30. Limitation on enrollment: Physician's clearance for strenuous activity. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course provides manipulative and technical training in basic concepts of fire department organization, miscellaneous equipment and tools, fire behavior and extinguishment theory , fire fighter safety, self-contained breathing apparatus, and portable fire extinguishers. The course also provides training in ropes, knots, hitches, hoses, nozzles, appliances, ground ladders, forcible entry, and confined space rescue. The student is responsible for obtaining an EMT or first responder rating. Students must supply instructor-approved personal protective equipment (required instructional material). (11/02)

FIRE-63B BASIC FIREFIGHTER I, ACADEMY
8 units: 7 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite: FIRE-63A. Limitation on enrollment: Physician's clearance for strenuous activity. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course provides manipulative and technical training in basic concepts of ventilation, fire control, salvage and overhaul operations, fire protection water systems, fire protection systems, fire prevention and investigation, communications, vehicle extrication, wildland fire fighting, urban interface, and hazardous materials. The student is responsible for obtaining an EMT or first responder rating. Students must supply instructor-approved personal protective equipment (required instructional supply). (11/02)

FIRE-64 BASIC FIREFIGHTER II, ACADEMY
4 units: 3.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite: FIRE-63B. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
The Firefighter II course emphasizes inspection and maintenance of fire department stations and equipment, laws and regulations of fire service, fire prevention, fire characteristics, water supplies, apparatus and equipment inspection, and the use of apparatuses and heavy equipment.(12/04)

FIRE-65C WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING STRATEGY AND TACTICS
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30 or current volunteer, paid call, or seasonal or full-time firefighter for a certified fire protection department.
Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course stresses the fundamentals of initial-attack wildland firefighting and how to apply wildland firefighting strategy and tactics during the suppression effort. The course also includes live fire control. Students must have instructor-approved fire protective gear. (12/04)

FIRE-65D WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING CONTROL
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30 or current volunteer, paid call, or seasonal or full-time firefighter for a certified fire protection department. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course provides fundamental principles of wildland fire control and management. Topics to be covered include firefighter safety, wildland fire behavior, strategy and tactics, wildland-urban intermix fires, the Incident Command System, and large fire organization. Special attention will be focused on the role fulfilled by individual engine companies during fire control operations. (12/04)

FIRE-65E INTRODUCTION TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS
0.5 unit: 0.5 hour lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30 or current volunteer, paid call, or seasonal or full-time firefighter for a certified fire protection department. Advisory: ENGL-41.
This course is a general introduction to hazardous materials awareness with emphasis on placards, identification and recognition, decision-making in emergencies, detecting hazardous materials presence, and estimating the likely harm without intervention. (12/04)

FIRE-66A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER BASIC SKILLS
2.5 units: 2.5 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-84.
This course provides the firefighter with basic knowledge of fire behavior and control and basic skills to safely perform essential fire ground tasks with minimal supervision. Students must supply instructor-approved personal protective equipment (a required instructional supply). (12/04)

FIRE-66D EQUIPMENT OPERATOR FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30 or current volunteer, paid call, or seasonal or full-time firefighter for a certified fire protection department. Advisory: ENGL-84.
Limitations on enrollment: Full-time firefighter or minimum of one continuous year as a paid-call firefighter; valid California Class B (commercial or firefighter) permit with tank and air brake endorsements. If the student has a commercial California Driver's License, it must indicate manual transmission and have a current health questionnaire.
This course provides the firefighter with basic knowledge of radio communications use regarding size-up and report conditions. Forms and reports related to operating equipment and incidents are covered as well as emergency equipment placement, and strategy and tactics for structure, wildland, and vehicle fires. Auto extrication and defensive driving and pump theory are included. (12/04)

FIRE-67A ROPE RESCUE
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course is designed to introduce the novice to the basics of equipment nomenclature, rope design and construction, care and maintenance, and knots and webbing as they apply to rope rescue emergencies. (12/04)

FIRE-68B BASIC INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (I-200)
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Limitation on enrollment: Student must have instructor-verified ICS (I-100) completion.
This course is designed for the entry-level and veteran firefighter. The subject matter relates to principles and features of ICS, organization, incident facilities, incident resources, and responsibilities associated with ICS assignments. (12/04)

FIRE-68C INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM - INTERMEDIATE (I-300)
1.5 units: 1.5 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-68B. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course is designed for the entry-level and veteran firefighter. The subject matter relates to organization and staffing for incidents or events, incident resources management, air operations, and incident event planning. (12/04)

FIRE-68D ADVANCED INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (I-400)
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-68C. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This is an advanced course in Incident Command System. (01/05)

FIRE-69A FIRST RESPONDER
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course is designed to meet the state requirements for emergency medical personnel. The course relates to patient assessment, cardiovascular systems, fractures, splinting, childbirth, and environmental emergencies. (12/04)

FIRE-69B FIRST RESPONDER RE-CERTIFICATION
1.5 units: 1.5 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-69A. Limitation on enrollment: Must possess a current valid CPR card in Basic Life Support of Health Care Providers (or equivalent) as outlined by the American Heart Association. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course is designed to meet the state re-certification requirements for emergency medical personnel. The course relates to patient assessment, cardiovascular systems, fractures, splinting, childbirth, and environmental emergencies. This course may be repeated three times. (12/04)

FIRE-70 FIRE DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30 or current volunteer, paid call, or seasonal or full-time firefighter for a certified fire protection department. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course is designed to cover all subject matter necessary to organize and administer a fire department. (12/04)

FIRE-71A FIRE INSTRUCTOR I -- MODULE A
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30 or current volunteer, paid call, or seasonal or full-time firefighter for a certified fire protection department. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course is designed for the fire company officer who conducts in-service training programs. The course provides a variety of methods and techniques to help personnel select, develop, and organize material for in-service programs. Methods of evaluation and opportunity to apply the major principles of learning through demonstrations are stressed. The course is certified by the office of the California State Fire Marshal. (12/04)

FIRE-71B FIRE INSTRUCTOR I -- MODULE B
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-71A.
This course is designed for the fire company officer who conducts in-service training programs. The course provides instruction in the use of visual aids, test construction, and teaching demonstrations. The successful completion of this course and the State Fire Marshal's examination will result in State certification. (12/04)

FIRE-72A FIRE COMMAND I -- MODULE A
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-35. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course is designed to provide the fire company officer with information and experience in command and control techniques at the scene of an emergency. (12/04)

FIRE-72B FIRE COMMAND I -- MODULE B
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-72A. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
This course is designed to provide the fire company officer with information and experience in command and control techniques at the scene of a hazardous materials emergency. (12/04)

FIRE-73A FIRE PREVENTION I -- MODULE A
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30 or current volunteer, paid call, or seasonal or full-time firefighter for a certified fire protection department. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course will provide instruction in basic fire prevention management for company officers and fire prevention personnel. The students will learn responses to a variety of fire prevention situations in a professional and effective manner. This course will prepare the first-level fire officer to deal with responsibilities of fire prevention in his/her jurisdiction. (12/04)

FIRE-73B FIRE PREVENTION I -- MODULE B
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-73A. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course will provide instruction in basic fire prevention management for company officers and fire prevention personnel. It will teach the response to a variety of fire prevention situations in a professional and effective manner. The course will prepare first-level fire officers to deal with responsibilities of fire prevention in his/her jurisdiction. (12/04)

FIRE-75 FIRE MANAGEMENT I
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-30 or current volunteer, paid call, or seasonal or full-time firefighter for a certified fire protection department. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course will provide instruction to improve the student's managerial effectiveness and will require demonstration of growth and development in the use of managerial skills. The course will stress resource identification and utilization. (12/04)

FIRE-76A FIRE APPARATUS DRIVER/OPERATOR 1A (EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATIONS)
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisites: FIRE-63A, FIRE-63B.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41.
Limitations on enrollment: Must possess a valid California Drivers License, Class B, firefighter restricted (minimum); must be physically fit per department standards; must not have a hearing loss of 25 decibels or more in 3 of 4 frequencies; must have vision better than, or corrected to, far visual acuity of 20/30 with contact lenses or spectacles; and must be a paid call, volunteer, or full-time firefighter at a certified fire protection agency.
This course will provide fire service personnel with knowledge of the laws and requirements that pertain to emergency vehicle operation, basic maintenance and troubleshooting, and documentation of fire apparatus. (1/05)

FIRE-76B FIRE APPARATUS DRIVER/OPERATOR 1B (EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATIONS)
2 units: 40 total hours lecture.
Prerequisite: FIRE-76A. Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41; MATH-83.
Limitations on enrollment: Must possess a valid California Drivers License, Class B, firefighter restricted (minimum); must be physically fit per department standards; must not have a hearing loss of 25 decibels or more in 3 of 4 frequencies; must have vision better than, or corrected to, far visual acuity of 20/30 with contact lenses or spectacles; and must be a paid call, volunteer, or full-time firefighter at a certified fire protection agency.
This course will provide fire service personnel with information on pump construction, theory of pump operation, and methods of performing basic hydraulics. Further, students will receive information and techniques on basic inspections, documentation, maintenance, and troubleshooting fire pumps. This course will provide fire service personnel with the knowledge of the laws and requirements that pertain to emergency vehicle operation and basic maintenance, troubleshooting, and documentation of fire apparatus. (1/05)


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