Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

FIRE 151 - Introduction To Wildland Fire Control (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100; Placement in MATH 24/50

FIRE majors only. Introduction to basic wildland fire organization, ICS, fire behavior, air operations, suppression methods, tools and equipment. Emphasis on fire safety and basic introduction to portable pumps, water use, and chain saws. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of FIRE 151, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the principle environmental elements affecting wildland fire behavior
  • Identify current and expected parameters affecting wildland fire behavior
  • Identify the wildland fire environment indicators that can produce problem and extreme fire behavior
  • Identify and how to implement the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders and 18 Watch Out Situations
  • Deploy both the current GSA Fire Shelter and the New Generation Fire Shelters within 25 seconds
  • Recognize when and where to properly deploy a fire shelter
  • Identify what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for wildland fire fighting
  • Explain the proper care, use and limitations of wildland fire PPE
  • Identify commonly used cutting tools, proper PPE, proper maintenance, and proper sharpening techniques
  • Demonstrate how to use and carry cutting tools used for wildland fire suppression
  • Identify how to inspect, identify hazards, and use of a fusee and drip torch
  • Identify the types of portable pumps used on wildland fires
  • Demonstrate the assembly, use, maintenance, and storage of portable pumps with 100 accuracy
  • Identify the parts of a wildland fire, the methods of attacking a fire, and the four kinds of control lines used during wildland fire suppression
  • Identify safety hazards when working around engines, dozers, and aircraft
  • Explain the importance and demonstrate proper mop-up procedures
  • Properly explain the definition, and six clues for detecting the presence of hazardous materials
  • Properly describe items to watch for when traveling to, arriving at, and during initial attack that might show the origin and/or cause of the fire
  • Properly describe the steps necessary to protect cultural resources during wildland fire suppression operations

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