Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
FIR101Intro. Fire Protection Tech.3This course provides an overview of 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 affection the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; and life safety initiatives. Loading...
FIR111Principles Emergency Services4This course is a survey of the basic principles of firefighting as they relate to Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Especially emphasized are the basic skills needed to become accredited as a Fire Fighter I based on the National Fire Protection Association Standard NFPA 1001. Corequisite: EMS 214 Loading...
FIR112Principles Emergency Serv II4This course is a survey of the basic principles of firefighting as they relate to Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Especially emphasized are the basic skills needed to become accredited as a Fire Fighter I and II based on the National Fire Protection Association Standard NFPA 1001. Prerequisite: FIR 111 and EMS 214. Prerequisite or Corequisite: FIR 127 with a grade C or above Loading...
FIR124Building Construction3This 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 buildings, preplanning fire operations and operating at emergencies. Prerequisite: FIR 101 or Instructor Approval Loading...
FIR127Fire Behavior and Combustion3This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and are controlled. Prerequisite or Corequisite: EMS 214 or Instructor Approval and FIR 101 or Instructor Approval Loading...
FIR129Hydraulics and Water Supply3This 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 solve water supply problems. Students will follow National Fire Protection Association Standard 1002 for pumper/operator certification. Prerequisite: FIR 101 or Instructor Approval and demonstration of a competency in high school level algebra or the equivalent. ALEKS score of 30% or higher or ACT of 14 or higher or completion of MAT 063 with a grade of "C' or better or program Chair approval. Loading...
FIR138Principles of Fire Prevention3This course is a survey of the principles of fire prevention. Students will learn to interpret and apply complex fire prevention regulations. Course covers traditional regulatory aspects and functions associated with fire prevention, the fire code process, plan review, inspections and fire protection systems testing. The investigation process from the fire scene to the courtroom and state and federal agencies involved in fire investigation is also covered. Other topics are the importance of fire prevention records and recordkeeping, personnel and financial management. Corequisite: FIR 127 , FIR 101 Loading...
FIR145Strategy and Tactics3This course provides principles of fire ground control through the utilization of personnel, equipment and extinguishing agents. Prerequisite or Corequisite: FIR 199 Loading...
FIR152Fire Protection Systems3An examination of devices and systems that support the fire service in the detection and suppression of fire. Prerequisite: FIR 127, FIR 101 or Instructor Approval Loading...
FIR158Fire Officer I3This course is designed to meet NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualities , for Fire Officer I. Throughout this course, students will participate in various classroom activities and exercises designed to reinforce the lectures. Topics will include the company officer’s role, effective communications, management of resources, leadership, personnel safety, fire prevention, and investigation and planning. Students will be required to complete a class project that will be due within 2 months after conclusion of the course. Prerequisite or Corequisite: FIR 335.Loading...
FIR160Fire Inspector I3This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of fire prevention and fire inspection efforts. Students will develop a basic understanding of fire prevention; administration of codes and standards; impact of fire behavior on buildings; building construction; fire detection and protection systems; identification and correct of hazards; and field inspections. Prerequisite or Corequisite: FIR 101, FIR 124 , FIR 127 and FIR 138 Loading...
FIR199Firefighter I8This course meets or exceeds the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Professional Qualifications Standard 1001 for Fire Fighter I certification. By completing all of the lessons the student should be prepared for the Fire Fighter I certification process. Prerequisite: FIR 101, FIR 127 , FIR 124 , FIR 129 and EMS 214 . All of these courses can also be waived as prerequisites by Instructor Approval Loading...
FIR212Emergency Scene Management3Covers emergencies and incident command systems to maintain control in emergencies of fire suppression, mass casualty and hazardous materials. Information, logistics, press, finance and other areas are addressed in incident command system.Loading...
FIR213Principles Emergency Services5This course is a survey of the basic principles of firefighting as they relate to fire fighter professional qualifications. Especially emphasized are the basic skills needed to become accredited as a Fire Fighter I based on the National Fire Protection Association Standard NFPA 1001. Completion of this course satisfies Iowa State Firefighter I Certification.Loading...
FIR230Fire Behavior and Investigation3Course covers the behavior of fire in confined structures and the methods used to determine point of origin, cause and travel of fire within a structure.Loading...
FIR235Fire Investigation I3This course is intended to provide the student with fundamental and technical knowledge needed for proper fire science interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of fire setter and types of fire causes. Prerequisite: FIR 199 , FIR 127 Prerequisite or Corequisite: FIR 124 Loading...
FIR290Fire Fighter I Certification4This course is a survey of the basic principles of firefighting as they relate to firefighter professional qualifications. Especially emphasized are the basic skills needed to become accredited as a Fire Fighter I based on the National Fire Protection Association Standard NFPA 1001. Certification requires successful completion of approximately 120 contact hours of Fire Fighter I training, a written exam, a practical (skills performance) exam and local documentation, all certified by a nationally recognized fire service accreditation agency.Loading...
FIR335Fire Instructor I3This course will focus on the presentation skills that new instructors need to deliver prepared lesson plans. Topics will include preparing to teach, developing presentation skills, using audiovisual equipment, and identifying lesson objectives, questions, tests, and evaluation instruments. Students will make three presentations during the course. This course follows the guidelines set out by National Fire Protection Association Standard 1041. Students will need to obtain a score of 70% or greater on the course final and final presentation for successful completion. Students will be able to take the State of Iowa Fire Instructor I certification exam after successful completion of the class.Loading...
FIR400Emergency Safety and Survival3This 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: FIR 199 or Instructor Approval Loading...