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Areas of Study | | FIRE120 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Tactics and Strategy I
DIVISION:Liberal Arts

This course reviews special methods of teaching tactical concepts relative to extinguishing all classes of fire. Extinguishing equipment and compounds along with fire development are covered.


This course is not available for web registration.

Students will develop the following knowledge, skills, and understanding:

Acquire foundational information and concepts of sound firefighting principles.

Determine appropriate stategies and tactics for firefighting operations based upon known factors relative to the type of fire, its location, its progress, and available resources.

Develop appreciation for the complexity of various firefighting operations, and strive to relate knowledge gained to successful mitigation of firefighting operations.

Orientation to Tactics and Strategy
Identify education requirements for Fire Officer I
Identify NFPA standards for Fire Officer I
Identify the most common fire department organizational principles and structure
Identify strategic goal and tactical objectives

Incident Management System
Characteristics of the Incident Management System
Identify risk management principles
Identify risk factors
Identify components for personal accountability and safety

Pre-Incident Planning
Benefits of Pre-Incident Planning
Identify the components and procedures of conducting a pre-incident survey
Identify guidelines for pre-incident plans
Develop a pre-incident plan from start to finish

Building Construction
Identify fire problems associated with building construction
Identify factors of fire loss risk management
Identify the difference between fire and building codes
Identify five types of building classifications
Describe different types of loads placed on a building
Characteristics of beams, trusses, and columns
Identify different types of building construction
Identify and describe purlins and spandel girders
Identify uses and characteristics of steel
Describe concrete construction
Identify hazards of concrete collapse
Identify fire problems of construction and finished concrete buildings

The process of incident planning
Identify phases of fire behavior
Identify size-up and the five step process
Identify the three step process for evaluation of an emergency situation
Identify the application and basic priorities for size up
Identify the RECEO list of priorities
Identify incident plans
Identify types of communication equipment and procedures used for incident management
Identify fire protection sytems and features

Engine Company Operations
Duties of engine company
Equipment and hose operations
Advantages and disadvantages of straight and reverse relay
Identify sources of water supply
Identify proper positioning of engines for effective fire suppression
Identify various attack lines required for fire suppression
Disadvantages of fog streams for interior attack
Advantages for using straight streams
Importance of exposure protection
Identify heavy stream devices
Identify factors effecting a successful tanker shuttle operation
Identify effective use of protective systems for fire suppresion

Truck Company Operations
Primary duties of a truck company
Types of tools used for truck company assignments
Tactical considerations for a truck/aerial apparatus
Rescue considerations for a truck company operation
Ventilation techniques and operations procedures
Identify methods used for accessing fire suppression
Identify tools needed and procedures of proper forcible entry
Procedures for aerial operations on the fire grounds
Procedures for salvage operation required of a truck company
Procedures used for controlling utilities on the fire ground

Guidelines for Handling a Hazardous Materials Incident
Identify components and structure of a hazardous materials command system
Identify preparation, guidelines, and eight step process of a hazardous materials incident
Methods for identifying hazardous materials
Concepts for hazardous risk assessment
Sources of hazardous materials data
Principles of protective clothing
Confinement and containment techniques
Methods of decontamination
Identify three phases of termination activities

Perform Strategy and Tactical Considerations

No textbook.

Scheduled quizzes over assigned materials will be given as well as a comprehensive final exam.  The final exam will count as one-third of final grade.  Students will be graded on class participation as well.

Final Exam 30%
Midterm Exam 25%
Quizzes 40%
Participation 5%


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Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Fall 2010

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