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FIRE 2000 - Basic Fire Academy-Firefighter 1

Credit Hours: 6.00

Prerequisites: Consent of Department and acceptable score on reading placement test. Persons taking this course must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid Michigan driver’s license, and no felony convictions.

FIRE‑2000 is for students who are currently employed by a fire department recognized by the Michigan Fire Marshall, are currently seeking employment, and/or are a volunteer in a recognized fire district. This course provides an introduction to basic fire suppression, prevention procedures, and skill development. This course meets the State‑mandated requirements for preparing students to take the exam for State certification for entry‑level or on‑call or volunteer firefighters.

Billable Contact Hours: 9

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of fire department organizational structure and distinguish the duties and functions of department personnel.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Describe the history and culture of the fire service.
  2. State the mission of the fire service.
  3. Define fire department organizational principles to their descriptions.
  4. Distinguish among functions of fire companies and duties.
  5. List typical duties of a Firefighter I.
  6. Summarize primary knowledge and skills the firefighter must have to function effectively.
  7. Match fire department personnel to their primary roles.
  8. Match special operations personnel to their primary responsibilities.
  9. Match fire prevention, emergency medical services, and training personnel to their primary responsibilities.
  10. Relate facts specific to fire department regulations and standard operating guidelines.
  11. Identify the major operational positions within the Incident Management System (IMS) structure.
  12. Match IMS terms to their definitions.
  13. Select facts about implementing and Incident Management System.
  14. Select facts on how the fire service interacts with other organizations.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will identify basic department, station, apparatus, and tool safety procedures and guidelines.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. List ways to prevent firefighter injuries.
  2. Discus the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards related to firefighter health and safety.
  3. Discus Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
  4. List areas in which an employee assistance program can be beneficial.
  5. Discuss firefighter health considerations and employee assistance and wellness programs.
  6. Select facts about safety while riding or driving fire apparatus.
  7. Discuss safety in the fire station.
  8. Demonstrate the proper use of apparatus safety equipment.
  9. Demonstrate safely mounting and dismounting fire apparatus.
  10. Demonstrate proper lifting techniques.
  11. List general safety procedures for hand tools and power tools.
  12. List safety rules for power saws.
  13. Select facts about emergency scene safety.
  14. Explain the importance of personnel accountability.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to predict probable fire behaviors and identify the actions necessary to change or prevent these behaviors.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Match measurement terms to their definitions.
  2. Define energy and work.
  3. Match types and states of energy to their definitions.
  4. Define power.
  5. Match heat and temperature terms to their definitions.
  6. Distinguish among the three methods of heat transfer.
  7. Match properties of matter to their definitions.
  8. State the Law of Conservation of Mass-Energy.
  9. Identify chemical reactions.
  10. Define fire.
  11. Provide examples of oxidation.
  12. Explain combustion using the fire tetrahedron.
  13. Select facts about oxidizing agents.
  14. Select correct and incorrect facts about fuel characteristics.
  15. Explain how gases evolve from solids and liquids.
  16. Provide specific examples of each source of chemical and electrical heat energy.
  17. Describe ways in which mechanical and nuclear heat are generated.
  18. Identify stages of compartment fire development.
  19. List factors that affect fire development.
  20. Define flameover and rollover.
  21. Explain why thermal layering is critical to firefighting activities.
  22. Describe methods used to control and extinguish fire.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify basic structural characteristics of building construction types and signs and causes of potential collapse.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Describe common building materials.
  2. Match building construction types as defined in NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 1001 to their basic structural characteristics.
  3. Match building construction classifications as defined in NFPA 1001 to their building construction descriptions.
  4. Describe construction types and the effect fire has on the structural integrity of the construction type.
  5. Distinguish among types of walls as defined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1001.
  6. Identify indicators of building collapse.
  7. List actions to take when imminent building collapse is suspected.
  8. List firefighting hazards related to construction.
  9. Indicate hazards associated with lightweight and truss construction.
  10. List factors that increase fire risk in buildings under construction, being renovated, or demolished.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, the student will demonstrate proficiency in use of personal protective clothing and use of a Personal Accountability Safety System (PASS) device.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Match articles of protective clothing and equipment to their correct functions.
  2. Select facts about personal protective gear.
  3. Correctly don firefighting personal protective (turnout) gear in a 60 second time frame.
  4. List four hazardous atmospheres that require the firefighter to wear SCBA.
  5. Match toxic atmospheres to their characteristics.
  6. Match toxic atmospheres to their sources.
  7. Match toxic atmospheres to locations in which they are most likely to be found.
  8. Select facts about hazardous substances and atmospheres.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to safely use, clean, refill, inspect, and store Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).

Objectives: The student will:

  1. List physical, mental, and medical factors that affect the firefighter’s ability to use SCBA.
  2. Describe equipment and air-supply limitations of SCBA.
  3. List characteristics of open-circuit and closed-circuit SCBA.
  4. Label the components and safety features of an SCBA.
  5. Match SCBA components to their functions.
  6. Complete precautions for safe SCBA use.
  7. Complete guidelines for correcting emergency situations while wearing SCBA.
  8. Complete recommendations for the use of PASS devices.
  9. Select from a list guidelines general to donning the facepiece and doffing all types of SCBA.
  10. Don and doff open-circuit SCBA using over-the-head and coat methods, and from compartment or backup mounts.
  11. Operate in areas of obscured visibility while wearing SCBA.
  12. Exit a constricted opening while wearing SCBA.
  13. Change an SCBA cylinder “on scene.”
  14. Refill an SCBA cylinder.
  15. Select facts about SCBA operation, use, and maintenance.
  16. Clean, sanitize, and inspect an SCBA unit.

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify and use portable fire extinguishers to extinguish small Class A, Class B, and Class C fires.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify types of portable fire extinguishers.
  2. Select facts about the portable fire extinguisher rating system.
  3. Match extinguisher symbol shapes to fire classification letters.
  4. Match extinguisher pictographs to the extinguisher’s intended applications.
  5. List factors for selecting the proper portable extinguisher.
  6. List general guidelines for portable extinguisher operation.
  7. Select facts about fire extinguisher inspection, damage, and obsolescence.
  8. Extinguish Class A, Class B, and Class C fires with the proper fire extinguishers.

Outcome 8: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify and properly knot, use, and maintain various types of rope used in the fire service.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Distinguish between life safety and utility rope applications.
  2. List criteria for reusing life safety rope.
  3. Match rope materials to their descriptions.
  4. Select facts about rope construction.
  5. List basic guidelines for rope care and maintenance.
  6. List reasons for removing rope from service.
  7. Inspect a rope for serviceability.
  8. Select facts about rope cleaning and storage.
  9. Coil and uncoil rope.
  10. Demonstrate the proper procedure for cleaning rope.
  11. Label knot elements.
  12. Match knots to their primary applications.
  13. Tie knots commonly used in the fire service.
  14. List hoisting and safety considerations.
  15. Hoist tools and equipment utilizing approved knots.

Outcome 9: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to conduct a search and rescue in a structure operating as a member of a team.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Distinguish between rescue and extrication operations.
  2. State the objectives of a building search.
  3. Define primary search and secondary search.
  4. Discuss conducting search operations.
  5. Explain what actions a firefighter should take when in distress, or becomes trapped or disoriented.
  6. List safety guidelines for search operations within buildings.
  7. Select facts about victim removal.
  8. Demonstrate using a right hand and left hand search pattern to locate a victim within a structure with conditions of obscured visibility.
  9. Conduct a primary and secondary search.
  10. Demonstrate moving an injured victim to safety using appropriate drags, carries, and stretchers.

Outcome 10: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify and understand appropriate applications and maintenance procedures for forcible entry tools.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify various cutting tools used in the fire service.
  2. Identify fire service prying tools.
  3. Identify fire service pushing/pulling tools.
  4. Identify striking tools.
  5. Match selected forcible entry tools to their basic applications.
  6. Identify tools used for through-the-lock forcible entry.
  7. Demonstrate through-the-lock forcible entry techniques.
  8. Demonstrate breaking a door lock.
  9. Identify tools for breaking padlocks.
  10. Demonstrate breaking a padlock.
  11. List forcible entry tool safety rules.
  12. Describe correct methods for carrying forcible entry tools.
  13. List general care and maintenance practices for forcible entry tools.
  14. Identify types of wood swinging doors and jambs.
  15. Match metal swinging doors to their descriptions.
  16. Identify types of sliding, revolving, and overhead doors.
  17. Select facts about fire doors.
  18. Identify locks and locking devices.
  19. Complete safety rules for breaking glass.
  20. Demonstrate properly breaking ordinary and tempered glass.
  21. Select facts about forcing swinging, sliding, revolving, and overhead doors.
  22. Demonstrate forcing doors of various mounts.
  23. Describe ways of gaining access past fences.
  24. Identify types of windows.
  25. Select facts about forcing windows and screened and barred openings.
  26. Demonstrate forcing various types of windows.
  27. Select facts about opening floors and walls.

Outcome 11: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify, carry, raise, climb, inspect, and maintain fire service ground ladders.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Label the parts of a fire service ladder.
  2. Identify types of fire service ground ladders.
  3. Discuss materials used for fire service ladder construction.
  4. Demonstrate cleaning and inspecting a ladder.
  5. Summarize factors that contribute to safe ladder operation.
  6. Select facts about choosing the proper ladder for the job required.
  7. Demonstrate various ladder lifts and carries.
  8. Select facts about ground ladder placement.
  9. Demonstrate properly securing a raised ground ladder.
  10. Demonstrate ladder raises from various carries.
  11. Properly climb and work from ground ladders, with and without a safety harness.
  12. Demonstrate assisting conscious and unconscious victims down ground ladders.

Outcome 12: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to apply the principles of ventilation to appropriately ventilate a building.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Define ventilation.
  2. List considerations that affect the decision to ventilate.
  3. Discuss factors that are taken into account when deciding the need for ventilation.
  4. Identify signs of potential backdraft.
  5. Select and correct false statements about ventilation decisions.
  6. List life safety hazards that can affect firefighters and rescue workers in unventilated buildings.
  7. Select from a list building factors that aid the firefighter in determining whether to use vertical or horizontal ventilation.
  8. List special considerations associated with ventilating high rise buildings.
  9. List special considerations associated with ventilating windowless buildings and basements.
  10. Select from a list ways in which vertical fire extension occurs.
  11. List factors that have a bearing on the location and size of a ventilation opening.
  12. Select and determine safety precautions that should be observed when performing vertical ventilation.
  13. Identify roof construction designs.
  14. Identify existing roof openings that can be used for ventilation.
  15. Discuss the three basic types of roofs as they relate to ventilation operations.
  16. Demonstrate ventilating pitched and flat roofs.
  17. Describe ways in which horizontal fire extension occurs.
  18. List advantages and disadvantages of forced ventilation.
  19. Demonstrate mechanical positive- and negative-pressure ventilation.
  20. Demonstrate hydraulic ventilation.
  21. Demonstrate proper ventilation of a flat and pitched roof.

Outcome 13: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify the fundamentals of a water supply system and will be able to connect a fire department pumper to various water sources.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Match to their correct definitions terms associated with water supply.
  2. List the four fundamental components of a modern water system.
  3. Explain methods of moving water from municipal water supply to distribution systems.
  4. Explain the function of a processing or treatment facility and tell what the fire department’s main concern is regarding these facilities.
  5. Label the parts of a water distribution system.
  6. State recommended water distribution system pipe sizes for residential, business and industrial, and long mains.
  7. Identify types of water main valves.
  8. List causes of friction loss in water mains.
  9. Distinguish between wet-barrel and dry-barrel fire hydrants.
  10. Demonstrate correctly opening and closing a fire hydrant.
  11. Demonstrate making hard-suction and soft-sleeve hydrant connections.
  12. Provide examples of alternative static water supply sources.
  13. Select facts about water shuttling and relay pumping.
  14. Deploy a portable water tank.
  15. Connect and place a hard-suction hose for drafting from a static water source.

Outcome 14: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to manage fire hose and handle both charged and uncharged lines.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Match terms associated with fire hose to their definitions.
  2. Match fire hose sizes and types as required by NFPA 1901 to their correct applications.
  3. Discuss general care and maintenance of fire hose and fire hose couplings.
  4. Select the proper nozzle and hose for given fire attack situations.
  5. Identify types of hose couplings.
  6. Inspect hose couplings and replace a hose gasket.
  7. Couple and uncouple hose.
  8. List general guidelines for loading hose.
  9. Identify hose loads and hose rolls.
  10. Match hose loads to their advantages and disadvantages.
  11. Load and unload hose to a fire pumper.
  12. Roll hose in a straight roll, one-person donut, two-person donut, twin donut, and self-locking twin donut roll.
  13. Distinguish among descriptions of hose lays.
  14. List basic safety guidelines for laying hose.
  15. List advantages and disadvantages of forward and reverse hose lays.
  16. Demonstrate making hydrant connections from forward and reverse hose lays.
  17. Identify various hose carries and drags.
  18. Demonstrate various hose carries and drags including an accordion shoulder carry, horseshoe carry, dragging a working line, street drag, advancing a line into a structure, up and down an interior stairway, an exterior stairway, advancing to a standpipe, through a window, and hoisting charged and uncharged hose lines.
  19. Describe types of fire hose damage and practices to prevent such damage.
  20. Demonstrate the proper inspection, cleaning, and storage of dry hose.

Outcome 15: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify and operate a given selection of nozzles and tips for water fire streams.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Select facts about the properties and extinguishing capabilities of water.
  2. List methods that are used with fire streams to reduce the heat from a fire and provide protection to firefighters and exposures.
  3. Describe friction loss and water hammer.
  4. List guidelines for reducing friction loss and preventing water hammer.
  5. List discharge rates for low volume, hand line, and master streams.
  6. Describe advantages and disadvantages associated with handling solid and fog streams.
  7. Select facts about water fire streams.
  8. Identify types of nozzles.
  9. Demonstrate the operation of various fire hose nozzles.
  10. Explain the operation of ball, slide, and rotary control nozzle valves.
  11. List areas to check when maintaining and cleaning nozzles.
  12. List discharge rates for low volume, hand line, and master streams.

Outcome 16: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to perform basic operations at properties protected by automatic sprinklers.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Label the parts of a sprinkler head.
  2. Identify automatic sprinkler head release mechanisms.
  3. Describe pendant, upright, and sidewall sprinkler designs.
  4. Manually stop the flow of water from an open sprinkler head.
  5. Identify the main control valve on an automatic sprinkler system.
  6. Identify sprinkler system control valves.
  7. Demonstrate the operation of a sprinkler system control valve.
  8. Select facts about a sprinkler system’s fire department connection.
  9. Demonstrate connecting a hose line from a fire pumper to a sprinkler system fire department connection.
  10. Select facts about guidelines for operations at sprinkler-protected properties.

Outcome 17: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to safely and efficiently perform salvage and overhaul at a fire scene while protecting evidence for fire cause determination.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Explain the philosophy of loss control.
  2. Describe planning and procedures for salvage operations.
  3. Describe salvage covers, salvage cover maintenance, and equipment used in salvage operations.
  4. Summarize basic principles of salvage cover deployment.
  5. Demonstrate folding and rolling salvage covers.
  6. Demonstrate the spreading of salvage covers from various folds and rolls.
  7. Clean and inspect salvage covers.
  8. Construct and splice water chutes.
  9. Construct a catchall.
  10. Cover or close a building opening using salvage covers.
  11. Match to their correct uses tools and equipment used in overhaul.
  12. Select facts about overhaul safety.
  13. List four basic methods of detecting hidden fires.
  14. Select from a list indicators of hidden fires.
  15. Demonstrate the use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC).
  16. Select facts about preserving and protecting evidence during overhaul.
  17. Provide examples of information that should be noted/recorded on arrival at the fire scene related to fire cause determination.
  18. Provide examples of information that should be noted/recorded during firefighting.

Outcome 18: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify and properly use various fire service communications systems and equipment.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Describe communication responsibilities of the firefighter.
  2. Describe basic communications equipment used in telecommunications centers.
  3. Summarize necessary skills for fire department communications.
  4. Explain how a firefighter should proceed when receiving emergency calls from the public.
  5. Demonstrate handling business calls and reports of emergencies.
  6. Describe types of public alerting systems.
  7. Describe procedures that the public should use to report a fire or other emergency.
  8. Discuss ways of alerting fire department personnel to emergencies.
  9. Summarize guidelines for radio communications.
  10. Role play transmittng arrival and progress reports based on scenario information.
  11. Discuss calls for additional resources and emergency radio traffic.

Outcome 19: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify residential fire hazards, and conduct a residential fire safety survey.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Define the terms fire safety survey, fire safety inspection, and residential fire safety survey.
  2. List types of fuel hazards and heat source hazards.
  3. Distinguish among common fire hazards, special fire hazards, personal fire hazards, and target hazards.
  4. List the main objectives of a residential fire safety survey.
  5. List the most common causes of residential fires.
  6. Describe aspects to check for interior and outside residential survey concerns.
  7. Conduct a residential fire safety survey.
  8. Discuss the main parts of a fire and life safety presentation.
  9. Select facts about fire and life safety presentation topics.
  10. Make and document a fire and life safety presentation.

Outcome 20: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify basic knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, and consensus standards considered essential to the operations of Michigan fire departments and fire department personnel.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Define Law, Administrative Rule, and Standard.
  2. Identify federal and state agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Consumer and Industry Services, and Occupational Health Division.
  3. Identify the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services Emergency Medical Service Division.
  4. Identify the Michigan Office of Firefighter Training.
  5. Identify the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Health and Safety Standard 1500.
  6. Identify the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration Firefighting Safety Rule, Part 74.
  7. Explain the powers and duties related to the Michigan Public Act 207 of the Public Acts of 1941 also known as the “Michigan Fire Prevention Code.
  8. Identify duties and responsibilities of drivers of emergency vehicles as addressed in Michigan Public Act 300, the Michigan Vehicle Code.

• 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
Scientific Literacy: YES

Course Introduction 1 .5 0.0
Orientation 1 2.5 0.0
Safety 2 6.0 0.0
Fire Behavior 3 3.5 0.0
Building Construction 4 8.0 0.0
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 5 4.0 4.0
Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) 5 8.0 8.0
Portable Extinguishers 6 4.0 4.0
Ropes and Knots 7 8.0 8.0
Rescue and Extrication 8 6.0 10.0
Forcible Entry Tools 9 3.0 3.0
Forcible Entry Construction and Techniques 9 4.5 10.0
Ground Ladders 10 4.0 10.0
Ventilation 11 10.0 10.0
Water Supply 12 3.0 3.5
Coupling, Loading, and Rolling Hose 13 4.0 4.0
Laying, Carrying, and Advancing Hose 13 4.0 8.0
Water Fire Streams 14 4.0 12.0
Fire Control 15 7.0 1.0
Fire Detection, Alarm and Suppression Systems 16 2.0 2.0
Salvage, Overhaul, and Protecting Evidence of Fire Cause 17 4.5 2.5
Fire Prevention and Public Education 18 4.0 1.5
Fire Department Communications Equipment and Techniques 18 3.5 1.5

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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