Fire Science (FIR)

FIR-110  History and Philosophy of the Fire Service  (2)  

Provides students with an understanding of where the fire service has come from so they can better help steer fire service into the future. Instructional units are facilitated through a guided self-study format. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture

FIR-124  Building Construction  (3)  

Examines structural reactions to fire. Studies building codes and their relationship to the architectural strength of various designs. Covers how construction and design are key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations and functioning at emergencies. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

FIR-127  Fire Behavior and Combustion  (3)  

Studies how the chemical and physical aspects of fuels, the combustion process and the products of combustion affect how fire is caused, spread and extinguished. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

FIR-130  Fire Prevention  (3)  

Covers the techniques, procedures, regulations and enforcement of codes (fire, building, life safety) in various occupancies. Communication with the property owner on changes to meet code requirements are presented. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

FIR-141  Firefighter I - Unit II  (2)  

Continues to build on skills taught in Firefighting Skills I. Students learn new skills and advance their previous skills for preparation for the Firefighter I Exam. Topics include fire alarm communication, fire department organization, fire hose, fire stream, water supplies, forcible entry and ventilation, ladders, organization, personal protective equipment and safety. Attendance for all sessions is mandatory. Class is graded on P/F (Pass/Fail) basis. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

FIR-146  Firefighting Tactics and Strategy  (3)  

Studies methods of coordinating personnel, equipment and deploying apparatus on the fire ground. Practical methods of controlling and extinguishing structural and other types of fires are discussed. Includes simulation exercises. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

FIR-150  Fire Detection and Suppression Systems  (3)  

Covers the identification of system elements, the proper type for the occupancy as per code, fire department operations at premises, and inspection practices to ensure the system is operating and installed as required. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

FIR-180  Chemistry of Hazardous Materials  (3)  

Covers properties of chemistry in fire service. Discusses types of chemicals, processes, and legal requirements as they pertain to use, storage, and transportation of chemicals. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.5 lecture, 1.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take MAT-772.

FIR-183  Hazardous Materials Management  (3)  

Discusses the properties of chemically active substances related to hazardous materials. Identifies and demonstrates techniques, methods and strategies to mitigate haz-mat incidents. Covers state and federal laws as they relate to management of hazardous materials. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

FIR-199  Firefighter I  (8)  

Prepares potential firefighters for the state administered Firefighter I certification exam. Includes basic firefighting tactics, fire behavior, safety, forcible entry, hose handling, ladders, protective clothing, SCBA rescue, ventilation, PPE and additional topics. Requires passing the Firefighter I exam through the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau to become certified. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 6.0 lecture, 4.0 lab

FIR-201  Firefighter II  (3)  

Continues as the second level of standards-based certification available to candidates. Focuses on the basic principles of firefighting as they relate to Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Covers topics included in the Firefighter I program, and allows the candidate to participate in certification testing to obtain Firefighter II certification based on NFPA 1001, 2002 edition. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.5 lecture, 1.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take FIR-199.

FIR-213  Principles of Emergency Services  (3)  

Studies fire service nomenclature, career opportunities in fire protection, organization and function of fire protection services, laws and regulations affecting the fire service, and fire departments as part of local government. Includes job shadowing with career firefighters. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

FIR-280  Instructional Techniques for Fire Service Training  (3)  

Covers concepts and techniques for conducting periodic company-level or small-unit training. Emphasizes teaching principles applicable to in-service fire and rescue service skills training. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

FIR-330  Fire Service Company Officer  (3)  

Studies the company officer's role in the fire department. Examines topics including effective communications, organization and management, resource management, leadership, safety, fire prevention and investigation, and pre-planning. Meets NFPA 1021, Fire Officer I, 2003 edition. Includes lecture with activities and exercises designed to reinforce the topic. Requires completion of written assignments throughout the course that are designed to meet the requirements of Fire Officer I. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take FIR-199.

FIR-400  Emergency Safety and Survival  (3)  

Introduces the basic principles and history related to national firefighter life safety initiatives. Focuses on the need for cultural and behavioral change across the emergency services. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

FIR-924  Honors Project  (1)  

Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. May be taken more than once. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B; Comments: Requires approval of supervising professor and dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture

FIR-928  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Provides readings, papers and basic research or other projects under the individual guidance of a staff member. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B; Comments: Permission of instructor, dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture