Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

FIRE 280A - Firefighter I (12)

  • Prerequisite: FIRE 100, 102, 103, 107, and 207
  • Co-requisite: FIRE 280B
  • Recommended Prep: FIRE 119B and FIRE 119C
  • Instructor approval required
  • FIRE majors only

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to function as an integral member of a fi refighting team under direct supervision in hazardous conditions. The course is completed online in a virtual classroom. The corequisite course, FIRE 280B, involves practical skill training. Completion of both courses will result in Fire Fighter I certification. Graded on a CR/N basis.

12 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of FIRE 280A, the student will be able to:

The Fire Fighter I course is structured for competency-based group instruction presented in the IFSTA "Essentials of Fire Fighting" (5th Edition) and addresses the standards covered in NFPA 1001 (2002) Chapters 5 and 6, with the exception of those objectives related to hazardous materials response at the awareness and operations levels (NFPA 472).

Specifically, the student will be able to:

  • Meet the general knowledge and skill requirements, and job performance requirements covered in NFPA 1001
  • Demonstrate fire department communication procedures
    • Initiate the response to a reported emergency
    • Receive and process telephone calls
    • Transmit and receive messages via radio
  • Apply fireground operations activities
    • Use SCBA during emergency situations
    • Respond on apparatus to an emergency scene
    • Operate at emergency scenes
    • Force entry into a structure
    • Exit a hazardous area as a team
    • Set up ground ladders
    • Attack a passenger vehicle fire
    • Extinguish fires in exterior Class A materials
    • Conduct search and rescue
    • Attack an Interior structure fire
    • Perform horizontal ventilation
    • Perform vertical ventilation
    • Overhaul a fire scene
    • Conserve property
    • Connect a fire department pumper to a water supply
    • Extinguish incipient Class A, B, and C fires
    • Illuminate the emergency scene
    • Combat a ground cover fire
  • Perform rescue operations
  • Employ fire prevention, preparedness, and maintenance activities
    • Perform a fire safety survey in a private dwelling
    • Present fire safety information to station visitors or small groups
    • Clean and check ladders, ventilation equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, ropes, salvage equipment, and hand tools
    • Clean, inspect, and return fire hose to service

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