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Fire Science (FSC)

FSC 1010  Principles of Building Construction and Fire Protection (3)               fall
This course provides the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety and how understanding the building types and construction principles will improve fire suppression and fire ground safety. The emphasis of this course is on firefighter safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations, and operating at emergencies; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

FSC 1021  Firefighting Services I (3)                                                                         fall
This introductory course provides an overview of fire services; career opportunities in fire fighting and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private firefighting services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; introduction to fire protection systems; and understanding fire strategy and tactics. Students will learn basic fire suppression, rescue, and extrication skills. This academic course will include competency-based skill development necessary to perform fire/rescue duties and is part one of a two-part course leading to Vermont certification as a Firefighter I & II; 3 hours of lecture per week, some weekend training required. Prerequisite: None (Non-credit version is CED 0012) [Course fee: $200]

FSC 1022  Firefighting Services II (4)                                                                   spring
Firefighting Services II continues the study of fire service nomenclature; specific firefighting techniques and functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; fire protection systems; and understanding fire strategy and tactics. Students will learn and practice basic fire suppression, rescue, and extrication skills. Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to apply for Vermont certification as a Firefighter I & II. This procedure includes passing a written exam, proficiency skill based testing, and participation in a live burn exercise at a Vermont Fire Academy training site; 4 hours of lecture per week, some weekend training required. Prerequisite: FSC 1021 (Non-credit version is CED 0013)

FSC 1030  History & Impact of Fire in America (3)                                                   fall
This course provides an overview of the history and impact of fire in American society. Course material will include a general understanding of fire and combustion; the history of fire fighting in the US; analysis of significant fires in American history and their impact; discussion of the catastrophic theory of management as it pertained to these fires; today’s impact of the urban wildfire interface; and how fire affects society and the family unit; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

FSC 1122  Independent Study (3)                                                                as required
Students will have the opportunity to pursue an independent or public research project and participate in a service-learning project such as fire education. Students will be required to submit a thesis for their project which outlines the topic, research methods, and evaluation method. Prerequisite: Departmental permission

FSC 1210  Fire Inspector I (3)                                                                                spring
The Fire Inspector I course is designed as an introductory course to educate the student in the principles and techniques of fire prevention, life safety inspection, and code compliance. It conforms to National Fire Protection Association 1031: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector I and Plan Examiner. Built as a beginning course to certification, the course will include case studies, field inspection exercises, and report writing; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

FSC 1220  Fire Service Leadership (3)                                                                spring
This course is designed to develop a foundation of leadership skills for the firefighter/officer. Course content will include the identification of leadership styles, group dynamics, diversity, conflict resolution, managing change, and problem solving. This course will emphasize personal leadership development and supervisory skills using applied research, readings, group exercises, and classroom discussion; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

FSC 2020  Fire Service Hydraulics and Water Supply (3)                                spring
This course provides a foundation of theoretical and mathematical knowledge to understand the principles of fluids and the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles and formulas to analyze, plan, and solve water supply problems. Fire ground applications include pump operations, hose lines, nozzle pressures and providing adequate water supply for fire suppression, tanker shuttles, and large diameter hose; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1210

FSC 2030  Firefighter Occupational Health and Safety (3)                      as required
Students learn the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles, and emergency situations involving fire, EMS, hazardous materials, and technical rescue. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to establish and manage a safety program in an emergency service organization; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Departmental permission

FSC 2210  Fire Administration (3)                                                                        spring
This course introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Development of fire service leadership traits will be viewed from the perspective of the chief officer. Classroom content will include grant writing; extensive budget development and a budget presentation project; public presentation skills; and analysis of the fire department as a business in today’s world; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

FSC 2220  Firefighting Strategy and Tactics (3)                                                      fall
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground. Students will make and document decisions based on computer generated scenarios. This course is a capstone course in the Fire Science program, drawing on knowledge and understanding of fire dynamics obtained in other courses; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None, permission required for non-FSC majors

FSC 2230  Hazardous Materials Chemistry and Operations (3)                      spring
This course provides basic fire chemistry relating to the categories of hazardous materials including problems of recognition, reactivity, and the health hazards encountered by firefighters. It also prepares students to determine an initial course of action for emergency responders and understand strategies, tactics, and resource management techniques for handling hazardous materials incidents. Upon successful completion of this course and supplemental field and classroom training; 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 1020

FSC 2240  Fire Protection Systems (3)                                                               spring
This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, and water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. Classroom activities will provide students with the opportunity to use fire extinguishers, inspect wet/dry/residential sprinkler systems, and study various alarm notification systems; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

FSC 2250  Fire and Life Safety Educator (3)                                                             fall
This course provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use of fire codes; identification and correction of fire hazards; use of the NFIRS system; and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education in community schools. Students will prepare presentations, conduct a safety day community program, and study the effects of tragic fires which led to new fire safety standards; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

FSC 2820  Residential/Internship Program (3)                                          as required
This course is a designed to provide the student with actual experience as a firefighter in a municipal fire station or an internship experience in private industry involved with fire prevention, loss control, or risk management. In the residential program, the student will perform actual firefighter duties which include station duties; fire safety instruction; fire suppression activities; responding to alarms, fire calls, motor vehicle accidents, mutual aid, and good intent calls; and special hazards incidents. Upon placement in the internship program either in private industry or fire-related service, a student will participate in prevention or risk management activities under the supervision of a supervisor or manager. Prerequisite: Vermont certification as a Firefighter I and EMT-B, departmental permission