Fire Science Courses

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FS 100|Introduction to Fire Service

1 Credit

This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the fire service in the United States. The course focuses on history, organization, and the primary components that make up the various forms of fire protection services in America today. This course is required for those students having no previous exposure to the fire service such as Tri-Tech Fire Science courses or experience as a firefighter.

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FS 111|Fire Administration

1–3 Credits

Management in the fire service explores the skills and techniques used by competent management in business, government, and voluntary organizations, with particular emphasis on their application to the fire service.

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FS 121|Fire Tactics

1–3 Credits

Discussion of basic firefighting tactics of company response, including size-up rescue, exposure, ventilation and fire problems, and tactics used.

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FS 131|Introduction to Fire Inspections

1–3 Credits

A course designed to give the new inspector a basic concept of inspections that deal with fire hazards, authority to inspect, and how to conduct a pre-fire plan.

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FS 141|Chemistry of Hazardous Materials

3 Credits

This course is a survey of hazardous materials, their physical properties, chemical properties, and how they relate to emergency first responders who are called to manage events related to the release of hazardous materials. This course is intended for individuals who are majoring in Fire Science or who are enrolled in the Washington State Firefighter Apprenticeship program.

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FS 151|Hazardous Materials for First Responders

3 Credits

An applied course covering special firefighting situations involving hazardous materials. This course is intended for individuals who are majoring in Fire Science or who are enrolled in the Washington State Firefighter Apprenticeship program.

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FS 193|Fire Science Independent Studies

1–15 Credits

A class used to explore new coursework or for a specific topic of special interest.

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FS 199|Special Studies

1–15 Credits

A class used to explore new coursework.

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FS 211|Building Construction

1–3 Credits

A course covering basic building construction, outlining the specific weaknesses of various constructions.

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FS 222|Fire Tactics II

3 Credits

This course includes planning, implementing, and evaluating basic and advanced fire tactics at the command officer level.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: FS 121.

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FS 231|Fire Protection Equipment

1–3 Credits

Designed to give students a clear understanding of the principles and limitations of fire suppression and detection systems.

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FS 241|Fire Investigation

1–3 Credits

Includes methods of determining the area of fire origin, fire causes, fire spread, and the aspects of fire behavior; recognizing accidental and incendiary fires and securing and preserving evidence. Witness interrogation methods, arson laws, court procedures, and review of case histories are discussed.

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FS 251|Fire Service Hydraulics

3 Credits

This course is designed to give the firefighter an understanding of municipal water systems, principles of fluids, water in motion, formulas for calculating water flow and pressure, fire flow requirements, and basic fire stream calculations. This course prepares students, in part, for fire apparatus pump operations.

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FS 293|Fire Science Independent Studies

1–10 Credits

A class used to explore new coursework or for a specific topic of special interest.

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FS 299|Special Studies

1–15 Credits

A class used to explore new coursework.

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