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FIRE 1020 - Principles of Emergency Services

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly FIRE 1000)

This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

When Offered: Fall semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to illustrate the history of the fire service.


  1. Explain the history.
  2. Evaluate the culture of the fire service.
  3. Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical chain reaction, as well as the major phases of fire.
  4. Examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compare and contrast the components and development of the fire and emergency services.


  1. Describe the major organizations that provide emergency response service, including how they interrelate.
  2. Explain the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services.
  3. Differentiate between fire service training and education.
  4. Explain the value of higher education to the professionalization of the fire service.
  5. Define the role of national, state, and local support organizations in fire and emergency services.
  6. Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus.
  7. Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze careers in fire and emergency services.


  1. Identify fire protection and emergency-service careers in both the public and private sector.
  2. Explain the primary responsibilities of fire prevention personnel, including code enforcement, public information, and public and private protection systems.
  3. Develop the components of career preparation and goal setting.
  4. Demonstrate the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Careers in the Fire Protection/Emergency Services
    1. Opportunities/Private, Industrial, Local, Municipal, State and Federal
    2. Pay, Hours of Duty, Benefits, Promotion and Retirement Qualifications
    3. Work Ethics and Human Relations Education and Training
      1. Certificates
      2. Degrees
      3. Selection Process
  2. History
    1. Evolution of the Fire Protection
    2. The U.S. Fire Problem: Life and Property
  3. Fire Prevention and Public Fire Education
    1. Fire Investigation
    2. Code Enforcement
    3. Public Education
  4. Scientific Terminology
    1. Fire Behavior
    2. Flammability and Characteristics of Solids, Liquids and Gases
  5. Building Design and Construction
  6. Fire Detection and Suppression Systems
  7. The Role of Public and Private Support Organizations
    1. Local
    2. State
    3. Federal and National
    4. International
  8. Fire and Emergency Services Equipment and Facilities Management
    1. Emergency Operations
    2. Organizational Structure of Fire and Emergency Services

Primary Faculty
Staelgraeve, Kenneth
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Lopez, Michael
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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