Courses

20-FST-209 FIRE TACTICS (5 cr.)

The course objective is to prepare the fire officer (or future fire officer) to take command at structure fires, fully utilizing available resources in a safe and effective manner. Command skills are developed by using fire scenarios to analyze the situation, develop a strategic plan, and deploying fire companies. The Fire Service Consortium Incident Command System is utilized to organize operations. Risk versus benefit analysis and rate-of-flow calculations are used extensively in developing strategic plans. Heavy emphasis is placed on pre-incident planning and the use of standard operating procedures.
Students should have prior firefighting experience or be on a fire department to take this class. (Tom Lakamp)

20-FST-249 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS (5 cr.)

The storage, transportation and handling of various hazardous materials, the recognition and identification of hazardous materials, pre-planning for emergency and disaster haz-mat incidents, chemical reactions, andfirefighting control in haz-mat situations are discussed in this course.(Mike Gabennesch)

20-FST-269 FIRE DETERMINATION STRATEGIES (5 cr.)

This course covers fire scene investigation, causal and chemical reactions, evidence analysis and preparation, report preparation, and courtroom behavior.(Mike Gabennesch)

20-FST-275 CHEMISTRY FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL (4 cr.)

Introduction to the chemistry of hazardous materials for emergency responders and fire service personnel will fulfill our associate level chemistry requirement. (Rajiv Soman)

20-FST-279 FIREFIGHTER SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT (5 cr.)

Students develop a plan to fully implement NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health to a public fire department of their choice. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish mentor who is a FD Officer.(Larry Bennett)

20-FST-319 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION IN FS (5 cr.)

This course will study basic building construction terms, mechanical forces, collapse occurrences and their relationship to the firefighter. (John Glass)

20-FST-321 TERRORISM AWARENESS AND PLANNING (5 cr.)

A comprehensive study of terror including technical, historical, governmental, and psychological issues for emergency management personnel. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish mentor who is a FD Officer.(Larry Bennett)

20-FST-380 FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (5 cr.)

Examines organization and management in the fire service, including new technologies, changing organizational structures, personnel and equipment, municipal fire protection planning, manpower and training, and financial management. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish mentor who is a FD Officer.
Randall Hanifen)

20-FST-381 ANALYTICAL APPROACHES TO PUBLIC FIRE PROTECTION (5 cr.)

Examines tools and techniques of rational decision-making and analytical thinking in fire departments and emergency services. The course includes the following topics: databases, statistics, probability, decision analysis, mathematical and computer fire modeling, GIS (Geographical Information Systems), station location analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. Some knowledge of statistics, spreadsheets (such as MsExcel) and Algebra is recommended. (John Glass)

20-FST-382 FIRE PREVENTION ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT (5 cr.)

Examines the factors that shape fire risk and the tools for fire prevention, including risk reduction education, codes and standards, inspection and plans review, fire investigation, research, master planning, various types of influences, and strategies. (Bernie Becker)

20-FST-383 FIRE PROTECTION STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS (5 cr.)

The design principles involved in the protection of a structure from fire involvement are examined. Examines design principles involved in structural fire protection and automatic suppression systems, including fire resistance and endurance, flame spread evaluation, smoke control, alarm systems, sprinkler innovations, evaluation of sprinkler system designs, and specialized suppression systems.
You should have a good solid math background before taking this course. (Dan Durbin)

20-FST-384 COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION FOR THE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES (5 cr.)

Examines concepts of community sociology, the role of fire-related organizations within the community and their impact on the local fire problem, including fire service relationships within the community and other agencies, developing a community inventory, shaping community policy, master planning and shaping community perceptions about the local fire service. (Jim Dwertman)

20-FST-385 POLITICAL AND LEGAL FOUNDATIONS (5 cr.)

Examines the government’s role in public safety, including the American legal system, laws and court decisions that impact Homeland Security, fire and EMS safety, public section personnel issues, drug-free workplaces, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, AND HIPAA. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish mentor who is a FD Officer. (Larry Bennett)

20-FST-387 FIRE DYNAMICS (5 cr.)

Examines fire dynamics within the context of firefighting and its applications to fire situations, including combustion, flame spread, flashover, and smoke movement, as well as applications to building codes, large-loss fires, and fire modeling . This course is the “why” of fire investigation.
A pre-engineering course, students should have Algebra and Chemistry as prerequisites before taking this course. (Core class for bachelor level students only) (Bernie Becker)

20-FST-388 FIRE SCENE RECONSTRUCTION, CSI (5 cr.)

This course is intended to provide the student with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed in understanding reconstruction principles, fire pattern analysis, fire modeling, fire deaths and injury analysis.Examines fire scene reconstruction within the context of fire investigations and fire dynamics. (Bernie Becker)

20-FST-450 EMS HAZ-MAT INCIDENTS (5 cr.)

This course provides the student with the knowledge base that is required to institute a true emergency medical response to hazardous materials incidents within their respective department. Topics include the medical aspects of hazardous materials response; chemical and toxicological information; effects on the body systems; injury & treatment; physiology and treatments of common poisonings. Students will gain an overview of the decontamination techniques, use of specialized equipment as they relate to haz-mat incidents and their use in an event involving terrorism.
May be used as a technical elective or upper level fire service elective only. (Armando Bevelacqua)

20-FST-471 SAFETY MANAGEMENT (5 cr.)

Introduction to OSHA, Worker’s Compensation, environmental, transportation, accident and product safety, risk management, policies, procedures and training. (Bryan Haywood)

20-FST-472 OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY HAZARD CONTROLS (4 cr.)

Introduction to Plant Safety, construction safety, hand/power tools, machinery, material handling and electrical safety. (Mike Gabennesch)

20-FST-473 INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE (5 cr.)

Develops a basic understanding of anatomy, toxics, airborne contaminants, thermal hazards, radiation and noise. (Mike Gabennesch)

20 -FST-476 PRINCIPLES OF ERGONOMICS (5 cr.)

Provides an introduction to the understanding of human behavioral, psychological, and physiological capabilities, and limitations in order to design new work environments or modify established work environments to maximize productivity, worker comfort, and overall efficiency. (Mike Gabennesch)

20-FST-477 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN THE FIRE SERVICE

Students may sign up for this course and receive collegiate credit for their written evaluations and responses from each month’s edition of “Working Fire” videos. Students receive collegiate credit by examining, researching, and critiquing the latest contemporary issues facing the Fire and Emergency Services.
Variable credit - students may sign up for 1-15 credit hours which may be used as technical electives toward the degree. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish mentor who is a FD Officer. (John Glass)

20-FST-480 DISASTER PLANNING AND CONTROL (5 cr.)

Examines concepts and principles of community risk assessment, planning and response to fire and natural disasters, including the Incident Command System (ICS), mutual aid and automatic response, training and preparedness, communications, civil disturbances, natural disasters, hazardous materials planning, earthquake preparedness, and disaster recovery. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish mentor who is a FD Officer.(Randall Hanifen)

20-FST-481 PERS MGT FOR THE FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES (5 cr.)

Examines relationships and issues in personnel administration and human resource development within the context of fire-related organizations, including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline and collective bargaining. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish mentor who is a FD Officer.(Larry Bennett)

20-FST-482 APPLICATIONS OF FIRE RESEARCH (5 cr.)

Examines the rationale for conducting fire research, various fire protection research activities and research applications, including fire test standards, and codes, structural fire safety, automatic detection and suppression, life safety, and firefighter health and safety. (Mike Gabennesch)

20-FST-483 FIRE-RELATED HUMAN BEHAVIOR (5 cr.)

Examines human aspects of the fire problem, including research and analysis of the problem and related issues in residential properties, wild land fires, assisted living/group home situations, commercial/industrial settings, and multiuse high-rise buildings. (Steve Ashbrock)

20-FST-484 FIRE INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS (5 cr.)

Examines technical, investigative, legal, and managerial approaches to the arson problem, including principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection, environmental and psychological factors of arson, gang-related arson, legal considerations and trial preparations, managing the fire investigation unit, intervention and mitigation strategies, and shaping the future. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish mentor who is a FD Officer. (Randall Hanifen)

20-FST-486 MANAGERIAL ISSUES IN HAZARDOUS MATERIALS (5 cr.)

Examines the regulatory issues, hazard analysis, multi-agency contingency planning, response personnel and resources, agency policies, procedures and implementation, public education and emergency information systems, health and safety, command post dynamics, strategic and tactical considerations, recovery and termination procedures and program evaluation. The Incident Command System is applied to large scale hazardous materials emergencies. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish mentor who is a FD Officer. (Randall Hanifen)

20-FST-488 FIRE SCIENCE PORTFOLIO (1 cr.)

Course taughtin Residency Workshops and by distance. The Portfolio course teaches students how to document state fire training, military training, and experiential learning into collegiate credit. Students must apply for pre-approval for Portfolio with the Director. A Portfolio evaluation may help you fulfill some of your degree requirements.
This course is available for students who wish to receive college credit for experiential learning outside the classroom. (Bernie Becker)

20-FST-499 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN FIRE SCIENCE

Individually designed research projects based on student's own fire department or community. Student must originate and submit an abstract to the Instructor for prior approval before registering for this course.
Variable credit 1-15 credit hours. (Jim Dwertman)

May be used as Technical Electives