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FSC 208 Building Construction for the Fire Service
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only

Description: Actions necessary to provide for the safety of firefighters operating on the fireground. Effects that fire and heat may have on various types of building construction resulting in the loss of structural integrity. Includes signs and symptoms of structural damage.

Prerequisites: FSC140, or current firefighter

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Analysis Level) Identify and differentiate the responsibilities of personnel operating on the fireground relating to firefighter safety.
2. (Comprehension Level) Identify and summarize the criteria used in developing protective clothing standards for firefighting equipment.
3. (Analysis Level) Compare the reaction to heat and fire of various types of construction including wood, ordinary, concrete and high rise.
4. (Analysis Level) Identify and examine methods of detection and extinguishment relating to concealed space fires in structures.
5. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate the relationship between tactical assignments and the level of risk for firefighting personnel when developing strategy.
6.(Analysis Level) Compare the different types of construction designs (past and present) and the impact on firefighting techniques.
7. (Analysis level) Examine the inherent dangers involved in structural collapse.
8. (Comprehension Level) Describe Building Construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy, and tactics.
9. (Analysis Level) Classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local/model building code.
10. (Analysis Level) Analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building construction.
11. (Evaluation Level) Identify and assess the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships.
12. (Comprehension Level) Identify the function of each principle structural component in typical building design.
13. (Analysis Level) Differentiate between fire resistance, flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each.
14. (Analysis Level) Classify occupancy designations of the building code.
15. (Comprehension Level) Identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety.
16. (Comprehension Level) Identify the role of GIS as it relates to building construction.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Outcomes will be measured by NFPA 1500 Chapters 7 and 8 standards.
2. Outcomes will be measured by IFSTA Building Construction Related to the Fire Service Standards.