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Edmonds Community College    
 
    
 
  Feb 17, 2018
 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fire Officer Degree Course List


Fire Officer Degree

Courses

  • FOD 101 - Fire Officer I



    5.0 Credits
    Overview of report writing, diversity, workplace, safety, decision making, quality assurance, supervisory practices; pre-incident planning, fire cause, emergency operations, compliance issues, scene safety, IMS, strategy/tactcs, size-up/action plan & PIO function. Prerequisite: Fire Department affiliation. Placement in ENGL 100  or instructor’s permission. Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain the role of a company level fire officer. [REASON]
    2. Demonstrate effective report writing skills. [COMMUNICATE]
    3. Describe the cultural diversity issues within the fire service and identify the techniques for effectively managing them. [EXPLORE]
    4. Identify and describe the principles of quality assurance programming from a budgetary and customer service perspective. [REASON]
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of fire officer’s role in supervising fire department operations at the company level. [ACT]
    6. Identify and describe the building code, fire characteristics, and hazard analysis items associated with pre-incident planning. [REASON]
    7. Identify and describe the fire officer’s role in determining fire cause and the investigation process. [REASON]
    8. Identify and describe the principles of emergency service communications and interagency operations. [COMMUNICATE]
    9. Identify and describe the fire officer’s responsibility with compliance and accountability issues. [ACT]
    10. Identify the fire officer’s role within the Incident Management System as well as the development and application of this system. [REASON]
    11. Describe the process for developing pre-incident strategic and tactical action plans. [REASON]
    12. Identify the elements of conducting a size-up and determining resource requirements. [REASON]
    13. Apply the principles of incident action planning during simulated exercises. [REASON]
    14. Describe the Public Information Officer’s function and role while interfacing with the community and media. [COMMUNICATE]
  • FOD 110 - Fire Service Leadership



    3.0 Credits
    Enhancing the fire officer’s efectiveness. Content includes role conflict, creativity, personal power, ethics, problem solving, decision-making, situational leadership, delegating, coaching and discipline. Prerequisite: FOD 101  and Fire Department affiliation. Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Describe the challenges faced by the company officer when managing multiple roles. [ACT]
    2. Define the importance of fostering workplace creativity. [COMMUNICATE]
    3. Demonstrate the various forms / methods for enhancing personal power. [ACT]
    4. Describe the company officer’s relationship with maintaining workplace ethics and discipline. [ACT]
    5. Identify and describe the importance of utilizing various decision-making styles. [REASON]
    6. Identify and describe the application of various problem-solving techniques. [REASON]
    7. Identify the characteristics and techniques for running an effective meeting. [COMMUNICATE]
    8. Demonstrate the principles and techniques of applying situational leadership as well as delegating responsibilities to others and coaching subordinate personnel. [ACT]
    9. Develop their own personal leadership philosophy including the importance of relationship building and the skills and abilities needed to lead others and organizations. [ACT]
  • FOD 131 - Fire Service Instructor I



    3.0 Credits
    Content includes instructor challenges, presentation skills, legal considerations, student learning, delivery methods, instructional media, and evaluating performance. Prerequisite: Fire Department affiliation, placement in ENGL 100 , FOD 101 . Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify the challenges associated with emergency services instruction. [REASON]
    2. Apply the skills needed to effectively speak before a group. [COMMUNICATE]
    3. Describe the instructor’s role with workplace safety. [ACT]
    4. Identify and describe the legal considerations of fire service instruction to include the types of laws, tort liability and copyright laws. [ACT]
    5. Identify and describe the psychology of student learning to include learning process, learning and remembering, and learner characteristics. [REASON]
    6. Describe the elements of instructional delivery to include managing behavior, the physical setting and methods of delivery. [ACT]
    7. Describe the principles of managing practical training evolutions. [REASON]
    8. Demonstrate knowledge and use of various types of available instructional media. [COMMUNICATE]
    9. Describe the importance and process of testing and evaluating student performance. [REASON]
  • FOD 135 - Fire and Life Safety Educator I



    3.0 Credits
    Content includes fire service organization, injury and fire prevention, learner characteristics, evaluation, instructing, available media, and program administration. Prerequisite: Fire Department affiliation, placement in ENGL 100 . Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Describe the role of fire and life safety education within the fire service organization’s mission, scope of operation, and organizational structure. [COMMUNICATE]
    2. Identify the five most common causes of unintentional injury and identify strategies for their prevention. [REASON]
    3. Explain how fire spreads, the methods used to protect occupants from the hazards associated with fire. [REASON]
    4. Present information appropriate to the audience while maintaining a positive learning environment and incorporating the use of audiovisual equipment. [COMMUNICATE]
    5. Identify the various means of distributing informational materials and explain the associated legal requirements. [COMMUNICATE]
    6. Use appropriate instructional techniques to effectively cover all of the lesson plan’s components. [COMMUNICATE]
    7. Prepare a press release for media distribution. [COMMUNICATE]
    8. Document delivery of a fire and life safety educational segment. [ACT]
    9. Complete a written report of an educational program. [COMMUNICATE]
    10. Develop a work schedule. [REASON]
  • FOD 137 - Fire Protection Systems



    3.0 Credits
    Topics discussed include water type, fire extinguishing and sprinker systems, protection systems for special hazards, and the fire alarm protection.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures. [REASON]
    2. Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system including sources, distribution networks, piping, and hydrants. [REASON]
    3. Explain why water is a commonly used extinguishing agent. [REASON]
    4. Identify the different types and components of sprinkler, standpipe, and foam systems. [REASON]
    5. Review residential and commercial sprinkler legislation. [REASON]
    6. Identify the different types of non-water based fire suppression systems. [REASON]
    7. Explain the basic components of a fire alarm system. [REASON]
    8. Identify the different types of detectors and explain how they detect fire. [REASON]
    9. Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building. [REASON]
    10. Discuss the appropriate application of fire protection systems. [REASON]
    11. Explain the operation and appropriate application for the different types of portable fire protection systems. [REASON]
  • FOD 140 - Incident Safety Officer



    2.0 Credits
    Assuming the role of Incident Safety Officer. Content includes duties and responsibilities, physiological and environmental hazards, incident operations, incident analysis, and accident investigation. Prerequisite: Fire Department affiliation, placement in ENGL 100 . Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Describe the historical origin, trends, and need for an Incident Safety Officer including duties and responsibilities. [REASON]
    2. Describe the concepts associated with managing emergency scene safety. [REASON]
    3. Identify the key elements to designing an effective Incident Safety Officer system. [REASON]
    4. Identify and describe the factors that commonly affect firefighter safety. [REASON]
    5. Describe the principle elements of the Incident Safety Officer’s action model. [REASON]
    6. Describe the process for evaluating the resources of time, personnel, equipment and effective risk management. [REASON]
    7. Describe the process of evaluating incident operations in the context of managing hazards for the purpose of effective scene safety. [REASON]
    8. Describe the Incident Safety Officer’s process of critical thinking, decision-making, and taking action. [REASON]
    9. Document the process of accident investigation and post-incident analysis. [REASON]
  • FOD 152 - Building Construction



    3.0 Credits
    Overview of the classification of building construction; building types; fire and life safety devices; building fire resistive assemblies and appliances; various types and causes of structure collapses. Prerequisite: Fire Department affiliation. Placement in ENGL 100  or instructor’s permission. Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify and describe the five main building classifications including the forces and loads that affect building construction and materials. [REASON]
    2. Define basic building construction terminology. [REASON]
    3. Identify and describe fire resistive assemblies and components. [REASON]
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts of fire protection. [REASON]
    5. Recognize and describe the various floor, roof and wall designs and the components of lightweight construction. [REASON]
    6. Identify and analyze how structural systems react when exposed to fire including building collapse. [REASON]
    7. Recognize and describe characteristics of specific occupancies. [REASON]
  • FOD 155 - Special Topics



    Maximum of 5.0 possible Credits
    Work-based learning to include management of assignments, member assistance programs, human resource policies, public inquires and citizen’s complaints, accident investigation, direct trainees, determine preliminary fire cause, pre-incident and incident action planning. Prerequisite: Fire Officer Degree department advising and Fire Department affiliation. Permit code required.




    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Meet the learning outcomes specified by the specific training and document that those objectives have been met. [REASON]
  • FOD 160 - Tactics



    3.0 Credits
    Overview of planning, implementation and evaluation of basic fire tactics at the responding officer level. Includes pre-fire planning, evaluation, fire simulation and fire behavior, organizational structures, strategies, resource development/proper allocation of resources. Prerequisite: FOD 152 . Fire Department affiliation. Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Describe the components of the fire suppression organization in the authority having jurisdiction including the authority and responsibility of each component. [REASON]
    2. Define the lines of authority within the department. [COMMUNICATE]
    3. Describe the fire hazard characteristics of various classes of materials including classes A, B, C, and D. [REASON]
    4. Identify the leading causes of fire and fire spread as established by NFPA, local and state statistics where available. [REASON]
  • FOD 190 - International Code and Inspection Procedures



    3.0 Credits
    Study of the IFC and the related standards. Special attention given to general provisions of the IFC maintenance of exit ways, fire protections, flammable and combustible liquids, liquefied petroleum gases, places of assembly, and general precautions against fire.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Define the national fire problem and role of fire prevention. [REASON]
    2. Identify and describe fire prevention organizations and associations. [REASON]
    3. Define and apply provisions of laws, rules, regulations, and codes and identify those relevant to fire prevention and building construction of the authority having jurisdiction. [REASON]
    4. Define the functions of a department of fire prevention. [REASON]
    5. Describe inspection practices and procedures. [REASON]
    6. Identify and describe the standards as well as listing opportunities in career development for professional qualifications for Fire Marshall, Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire and Live Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator. [REASON]
    7. Describe the history and philosophy of fire prevention. [REASON]
    8. Explain the function and procedures of a model occupancy and incident reporting database. [REASON]
    9. Determine what is required to provide the minimum degree of safety. [REASON]
    10. Determine adequate exit facilities. [REASON]
    11. Describe when automatic fire extinguishing systems and fire extinguishers must be installed and maintained. [REASON]
    12. Determine where fire alarm systems are required. [REASON]
    13. Explain the code as it applies to flammable and combustible liquids, compressed gases, hot work and other hazardous storage and processes. [REASON]
    14. Demonstrate knowledge of the legal aspects of code enforcement by citing and explaining examples. [REASON]
    15. Describe the role fire prevention plays in society. [REASON]
  • FOD 201 - Fire Officer II



    5.0 Credits
    Overview of work with gov. agencies; record mgmt systems; budgeting; exposure reports; conduct fire inspections/identify hazards; strategic planning/supervision of Multi-unit Response Operations applicable to pre-incident plan/resource deployment/emergency operations. Prerequisite: FOD 101  and Fire Department affiliation. Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify the Incident Management System’s components and operating principles. [REASON]
    2. Describe the incident management procedures associated with incident scene safety including pre-incident planning. [REASON]
    3. Describe the procedures for maintaining personnel accountability. [ACT]
    4. Describe the procedures for managing resource allocation during expanded incidents. [REASON]
    5. Describe the importance and critical nature of incident management decision-making. [REASON]
    6. Describe the procedure for establishing and operating a command post for managing expanded incident operation. [REASON]
    7. Describe the procedures for managing effective emergency scene communications. [REASON]
    8. Describe the procedures for conducting a post-incident analysis. [REASON]
    9. Apply the principles of managing expanded operations during a series of scenarios. [REASON]
  • FOD 210 - Incident Management-MCO



    3.0 Credits
    Managing multi-alarm incidents. Content includes expanding incident Management System, scene safety, managing resources, pre-incident planning, decision-making, communications, post-incident analysis, and multiple scenarios. Prerequisite: FOD 101  and Fire Department affiliation. Permit code required.

     

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify the Incident Management System’s components and operating principles. [REASON]
    2. Describe the incident management procedures associated with incident scene safety. [COMMUNICATE]
    3. Describe the procedures for maintaining personnel accountability. [COMMUNICATE]
    4. Describe the elements of pre-incident planning. [COMMUNICATE]
    5. Describe the procedures for managing resource allocation during expanded incidents. [COMMUNICATE]
    6. Describe the importance and critical nature of incident management decision making. [REASON]
    7. Describe the procedures for establishing and operating a command post for managing expanded incident operations. [COMMUNICATE]
    8. Describe the procedures for managing effective emergency scene communications. [COMMUNICATE]
    9. Describe the procedures for conducting a post-incident analysis. [REASON]
    10. Apply the principles of managing expanded operations during a series of scenarios. [REASON]

  • FOD 215 - Hazardous Materials Incident Management



    3.0 Credits
    Hazardous Materials First Responder (Incident Commander) course. Content meets or exceeds requirements set forth in OSHA 1910.120q and educational competencies referenced in NFPA 472. Prerequisite: Fire Department affiliation. Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Describe the components of the Hazardous Materials Incident Management System. [REASON]
    2. Identify the seven types of harm created by exposure to hazardous materials and their effects on the human body. [REASON]
    3. Describe five external and/or political issues, which may influence the management of a hazmat incident. [REASON]
    4. Define Site Management and Control. [REASON]
    5. Describe the principles of recognition, identification, classification and verification as they apply to a hazardous materials emergency. [REASON]
    6. Describe the concept of hazard assessment and risk evaluation. [REASON]
    7. Identify the process and factors to be considered in selecting the proper level of protective equipment at a hazmat incident. [REASON]
    8. Describe the types of information required to safely and effectively manage a hazmat incident. [REASON]
    9. Describe the process of size-up as a method of determining the strategic and tactical options available to produce a favorable outcome at a hazardous materials incident. [REASON]
    10. Identify the advantages and limitations of decontamination. [REASON]
  • FOD 220 - Fire Investigation



    3.0 Credits
    Fire investigation procedures and laws; common causes of accidental fires; common incendiary methods of materials; detecting, recognizing and preserving evidence; follow-up investigation; interviewing and interrogation; records and reports; use of photography.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify the thirteen basic steps as a guideline for a fire investigator to follow from start to finish on a fire investigation in the field including interpretations of fire scenes (structure, vehicle, woodland). [REASON]
    2. Identify the legal and scientific requirements of the fire scene including the basic requirements involving Rule of Law warrant searches, photography of the fire scene, and collection of evidence. [REASON]
    3. Describe the proper methods used to interview witnesses and suspects including the problem(s) associated with witness perception. [COMMUNICATE]
    4. Demonstrate the procedures and proper actions when giving testimony in a court of law including courtroom demeanor. [COMMUNICATE]
    5. Describe the provisions to RCW Title 9A.48. [REASON]
    6. Record information which will enable them to complete fire incident information needed to formulate the final written report and all necessary documentation. [COMMUNICATE]
    7. Identify a fire investigator’s field notebook and describe how it is used. [COMMUNICATE]
    8. Demonstrate the use of tools and methods demonstrated in the classroom to complete a simple field sketch of the fire scene. [REASON]
    9. Identify and describe the chemistry of combustion with its properties and the behavior of fire. [REASON]
    10. Identify the seven motives of the fire setter and the implication for the fire service. [REASON]
  • FOD 231 - Fire Service Instructor II



    3.0 Credits
    Advancing as a fire service instructor. Content includes planning models, needs analysis, task analysis, lesson plan development, performance testing, supervising training programs, and critiques. Prerequisite: FOD 131  and Fire Department affiliation. Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Examine and compare planning models and process for developing instructional programs. [REASON]
    2. Analyze a group’s needs and develop a program based on the needs analysis. [REASON]
    3. Develop complete course objectives and a task analysis. [REASON]
    4. Discuss the purpose, components and possible formats of a lesson plan and use them to develop a lesson plan. [REASON]
    5. Modify and develop a lesson plan, including appropriate support and application activities. [REASON]
    6. Deliver a presentation from a prepared lesson plan and participate in a critique. [COMMUNICATE]
    7. Create examples of each type of written and skills performance test and evaluate their effectiveness in measuring lesson objectives. [REASON]
    8. Describe the training manager’s tasks and responsibilities for managing and supervising training programs. [REASON]
  • FOD 255 - Special Topics



    Maximum of 5.0 possible Credits
    Work-based learning to include evaluate and maximize member/unit performance, public education, change policy, budget prep, report writing, analyze accident/injury reports, conduct inspections, determine a fire’s point of origin, and produce incident operational plans. Prerequisite: Fire Officer Degree department advising and Fire Department affiliation. Permit code required.

    Course Objectives
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Meet the learning outcomes specified by the specific training and document that those objectives have been met.


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