powered by
Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT
Course: FSC130

First Term: 2004 Summer I
Lec + Lab   1 Credit(s)   1.5 Period(s)   1.35 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Skills and abilities required for entry level position in the fire service including physical ability, and stamina. Opportunity to take the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) at the end of the course Course Notes:Offered as credit (P) or no credit (Z) basis. Standard grading available according to procedures outlined in catalog

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain the physical demands of fire fighting. (I)
2. Identify the five components of physical fitness. (II)
3. Explain the five basic exercise principles. (III)
4. Identify and explain the four main concepts of cardiopulmonary endurance. (IV)
5. Describe the basics of strength training. (V)
6. Identify the mental aspects of performance. (VI)
7. Explain the events and purpose of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). (VII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Physical Demands of Fire Fighting
   A. Physical effects of equipment
      1. Effects of protective clothing
      2. Types of equipment
      3. Weight and size of equipment
   B. Physical effects of environment
      1. Shift work and sleep deprivation
      2. Physiological demands
      3. Death and injury statistics
      4. Critical tasks of fire fighting
II. Five Components of Physical Fitness
   A. Flexibility
   B. Cardiopulmonary endurance
   C. Muscular strength
   D. Muscular endurance
   E. Body composition
III. Principles of Exercise
   A. Adaptation
   B. Overload
   C. Progression
   D. Specificity
   E. Overtraining
IV. Cardiopulmonary Endurance
   A. Aerobic fitness
   B. Anaerobic fitness
   C. Progression training
   D. Interval training
V. Strength Training
   A. Basic programs
   B. Techniques
   C. Safety
VI. Mental Aspects of Performance
   A. Stress
   B. Anxiety
   C. Stress management
VII. Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Events
   A. Stair climb
   B. Hose drag
   C. Equipment carry
   D. Ladder raise and extension
   E. Forcible entry
   F. Search
   G. Rescue
   H. Ceiling breach and pull
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  2/24/2004

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.