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Fire Technology Course Descriptions

Fire Technology offers two degree programs: Fire Science and Fire Protection. Fire Technology students acquire a broad range of knowledge that allows them to begin at entry level positions in different aspects of the fire service and other fire protection related occupatons.

Recent graduates have successfully transferred their Associate Degree credits to Keene State College, University of New Haven, Oklahoma State University, Granite State College, and other bachelor degree programs.

FIRE1240L Principles of Emergency Services CL3 L0 CR3
This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; 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 fore protection systems, introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives

FIRE1270L Fire Behavior and Combustion CL3 L0 CR3
This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and are controlled.

FIRE1310L Fire Protection Systems CL3 L0 CR3
This course provide information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

FIRE1360L Fireground Procedures CL2 L12 CR6
This course teaches the student basic fireground procedures including fire department organization, forcible entry, fire behavior, personal protective equipment, and other related subjects necessary for entry-level firefighters. Successful completion of this course certifies the student in Firefighter I through the State of NH Fire Standards and Training.

FIRE1400L Building Construction for Fire Protection CL3 L0 CR3
This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting building, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.

FIRE1600L Fire Prevention CL3 L0 CR3
This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; an fire investigation.

FIRE2000L Advanced Fireground Procedures CL1 L6 CR3
Teaches the student advanced fireground procedures, incident command system, vehicle rescue and extrication, water supply, foam streams, detection systems, and other related subjects necessary for entry-level firefighters. Successful completion of this course certifies the student in Firefighter II through the State of NH Fire Standards and Training. (Prerequisite: FIRE1360L or LFIR1360)

FIRE2100L Fire Inspector I CL3 L0 CR3
This course provides the student with an in-depth review of the skills attendant to the duties of a Fire Inspector. The student will learn the minimum tasks required of a Fire Inspector. Included in this course are research, interpretation of codes, implementing policy, testifying at legal proceedings, creating forms and job aids, code enforcement inspections and analysis of new and existing structures and properties for construction, occupancy, fire protection and exposures. Successful completion of this course certifies the student in Fire Inspector I through the State of NH Fire Standards and Training. (Prerequisite: FIRE1310L or LFIR1310, and FIRE1400L or LFIR1400, and FIRE1600L or LFIR1600).

FIRE2240L Strategy and Tactics CL3 L0 CR3 This course provides the principles of fire ground control through utilization of personal, equipment, and extinguishing agents. (Prerequisite: FIRE1270L or LFIR1270 and FIRE1400L or LFIR1400).

FIRE2250L Emergency Medical Technician CL1 L6 CR3
This course covers all emergency medical techniques required of the Emergency Medical Technicians in the provision of emergency care with an ambulance/fire service. Successful completion of the course allows the student to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Technicians’ written and practical examination. Students are required to have the following complete at the onset of the course: backgound check, 2-step TB within 6 months, immunization record, flu shot, TDAP shot and drug test. (Prerequisite: Approval of department chair for non-Fire Science students)

FIRE2255L Hazardous Material Chemistry CL3 L0 CR3
This course provides basic chemistry relating to the categories of hazardous materials including recognition, identification, reactivity, and health hazards encountered by emergency services.

FIRE2270L Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Medical Services (A&P for EMS) CL3 L0 CR3
This course covers an introduction to Anatomy & Physiology geared specifically to set the foundation for advanced life support (ALS) certification within the EMS discipline of medicine. The course includes an introduction to medical terminology, the human body and explores each system within the body with a focus on relating each system to the EMS field. (Prerequisites:FIRE2250L or  LFIR2250 with a C- or better; Approval of department chair for non-Fire Science Students; Criminal Record free of felony conviction (proof required); Current NREMT certification, or EMT certification with Instructor approval.)  (Fall 2012)

FIRE2290L Advanced Emergency Medical Technician CL1 L6 CR3
This course covers the knowledge and skills required of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician to prepare the student for a career in the field of Emergency Medical Services. Successful completion of this course and related clinical requirements enables the student to become eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) cognitive and psychomotor examinations. (Prerequisites: FIRE2250L or LFIR2250 AND FIRE2270L or LFIR2270 OR SCI1450L or LSCI 1450, all with a C or better; Nationally Registered EMT (NREMT), or EMT-Basic (NREMT-B), or State EMT with instructor approval; American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Provider Certification (or approved equivalent); Criminal record free of felony convictions; Department chair approval for non-Fire Science students) (Fall 2012)

FIRE2300L Advanced Fire Codes & Standards CL3 L0 CR3
This course prepares the student to use fire codes and standards at an advanced level. An in-depth study of common fire codes provides the student with the knowledge needed to perform fire inspections and fire investigations, review fire protection system designs, understand electrical installations and have the resources to answer code related questions pertaining to fire protection. (Prerequisite: FIRE2100L or LFIR2100)

FIRE2340L     Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival CL3 L0 CR3
This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services. (Prerequisite: FIRE 2240L or LFIR2240) (Fall 2012)

FIRE2360L Fire Investigation I CL3 L0 CR3
This course is intended to provide the student with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the firesetter, and types of fire causes. (Prerequisite: FIRE1270L or LIFR1270 and FIRE1400L or LFIR1400)

FIRE2365L Fire Investigation II CL3 L0 CR3
This course is intended to provide the student with advanced technical knowledge on the rule of law, fire scene analysis, fire behavior, evidence collection and preservation, scene documentation, case preparation and court-room testimony. (Prerequisite: FIRE2360L or LFIR2360).

FIRE2420L Fire Instructor I CL3 L0 CR3
This course provides the fire, EMS or emergency services instructor with the basic knowledge to prepare and deliver modern training programs. Successful completion of this course certifies the student in Fire Instructor I through the State of NH Fire Standards and Training. (Prerequisite: FIRE1360L or LFIR1360)

FIRE2450L Fire & Life Safety Education CL3 L0 CR3
This course provides information relating to the field of fire and life safety education.

FIRE2500L Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply CL3 L0 CR3
This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection, and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. (Prerequisite: LMAT0931 or required math elective).

FIRE2502L Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply Unit 2 CL2 L0 CR2
Study of fire protection hydraulics including fire flow and friction loss calculations for fire streams using mobile fire pumps. (Prerequisite: DC approval).

FIRE2503L Fire Protection and Water Supply Analysis Unit 3 CL1 L0 CR1
Study of fire protection hydraulics including fire flow and friction loss calculation for underground and above ground water distribution systems. (Prerequisite: FIRE2502L or LFIR2502)

FIRE2550L Occupational Health and Safety for Emergency Services CL3 L0 CR3
This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk and hazard evaluations and control procedures for emergency service organizations.

FIRE2560L Community Fire and Risk Analysis CL3 L0 CR3
This course provides training in analyzing data, identifying problems, formulating objectives, analyzing causal factors, developing selection criteria, identifying alternative solutions, developing implementation strategies, and designing an evaluation plan.  Upon completion, the student will be able to evaluate the community needs associated with all hazards, to select and evaluate the most efficient system in developing community fire protection programs, and to define and design a fire and life safety system for a jurisdiction.

FIRE2690L Legal Aspects of Emergency Services  CL3 L0 CR3
This course will address the Federal, State, and local laws that regulate emergency services and include a review of national standards, regulations, and consensus standards.

FIRE2790L Fire Prevention/Training Internship CL0 L9 CR3
In a supervised internship with a fire department, the student will work directly with the office that provides fire prevention or fire training for its jurisdiction.  (Prerequisites: Approval of department chair, Fire Department and 3.0 GPA or better)

FIRE2810L Fire and Emergency Services Administration     CL3 L0 CR3
This course introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency service, ethics and leadership from perspective of the company officer. (Prerequisite:  FIRE1240L or LFIR1240).

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