Fire Prevention Principles I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 201

       Course Name: Fire Prevention Principles I

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

FIR101 Introduction to Fire Science Recommended

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course discusses the responsibilities, objectives, and organization of a fire prevention bureau. Content includes the development and implementation of a systematic inspection program, classification of occupancy by hazard, function of water supplies and automatic sprinkler systems, other codes related to fire safety and application of codes to fire prevention activities.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to instruct the student with the basic components for the development for a public fire education program. The student will learn and practice the five-step process for developing a public fire education program, perform a needs assessment utilizing the five step process to identify, select, design, implement and evaluate a fire safety program. Apply applicable codes to all fire prevention activities.

Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OFSM) COURSE OBJECTIVES:

4FPP-1 Understand fire prevention principles 
4FPP-1.1   Identify the Illinois State Fire Marshal, Division of Personnel
4FPP-1.2 Identify NFPA Standards governing fire Officer I.
4FPP-1.3 Identify the roles and responsibilities of a Fire Officer I.
4FPP-1.4 Identify the local, state, and federal agencies
4FPP-2  Understand the definitions laws, and authority for fire inspections. 
4FPP-2.1  Identify the definitions that apply to inspection and code enforcement
4FPP-2.2 Identify the procedure for passing laws in the state of Illinois
4FPP-2.3  Identify the legal authority that is required for fire inspections
4FPP-2.4  Identify the police power that is required for fire inspections
4FPP-2.5  Identify the liability requirements for fire inspections 
4FPP-2.6  Identify the provision of right of entry during fire inspections
4FPP-2.7  Identify the process for issuing permits 
4FPP-3  Understand the construction features and occupancy classifications needed for fire inspection 
4FPP-3.1 Identify the two basic sources of information needed for fire inspections
4FPP-3.2 Identify the four major code organizations
4FPP-3.3 Identify the five types of building construction classifications
4FPP-3.4 Identify the contents and format of the major building codes
4FPP-3.5 Identify the organizations that form the Board of Coordination of Model Codes
4FPP-3.6 Identify the following components of the Life Safety Code
4FPP-3.6.1 Assembly
4FPP-3.6.2 Educational
4FPP-3.6.3 Day care
4FPP-3.6.4 Health care
4FPP-3.6.5 Detention and Correctional
4FPP-3.6.6 Residential
4FPP-3.6.7 Mercantile
4FPP-3.6.8 Business
4FPP-3.6.9 Industrial
4FPP-3.6.10 Storage
4FPP-3.6.11 Mixed Occupancy
4FPP-3.6.12 Hazard of Content
4FPP-4 Understand combustion, fire spread and their hazards 
4FPP-4.1 Identify the principles of fire growth.
4FPP-4.2 Identify the process of rating fire spread 
4FPP-4.3 Identify the process of rating flame spread 
4FPP-4.4 Identify the classifications of fire loads 
4FPP-4.5 Identify the testing procedures and design for the following
4FPP-4.5.1 Roof coverings
4FPP-4.5.2 Fire walls and partitions
4FPP-4.5.3 Fire doors and assemblies
4FPP-4.5.4 Draft curtains
4FPP-4.5.5 Smoke and heat vents
4FPP-4.5.6 Fire and smoke dampers
4FPP-4.5.7 Fire stops
4FPP-4.6 Identify the following definitions
4FPP-4.6.1 Fire hazard
4FPP-4.6.2 Common fire hazard
4FPP-4.6.3 Special fire hazard
4FPP-4.6.4 Fire cause
4FPP-4.7 Identify the classifications of fire hazards
4FPP-4.8 Identify the types of fire hazards
4FPP-4.9 Identify fire hazards of various occupancies 
4FPP-5 Understand the procedures for conducting a fire inspection 
4FPP-5.1 Identify the procedures for conducting a fire inspection.
4FPP-5.2 Identify the components of a plans review
4FPP-5.3 Identify how pre-incident planning aids emergency operations
4FPP-5.4 Identify the importance of pre-incident planning during a fire inspection
4FPP-5.5 Identify the storage and handling of hazardous materials 
4FPP-5.6 Given a summary of fire inspection procedures, the learner shall develop a pre-incident plan that identifies the hazards of the following
4FPP-5.6.1 Assembly
4FPP-5.6.2 Educational
4FPP-5.7 Given a fire inspection report of a facility or area used for storage, handling, or transportation of flammable liquids:
4FPP-5.7.1 Identify the hazard that exist
4FPP-5.7.2 List recommendations to correct the hazards identified
4FPP-5.8 Given a fire inspection report of a facility or area used for storage, handling, or transportation of flammable gases:
4FPP-5.8.1 Identify the hazard that exist
4FPP-5.8.2 List recommendations to correct the hazards identified
4FPP-5.9 Given a fire inspection report of a facility or area used for storage, handling, or transportation of hazardous materials
4FPP-5.9.1 Identify the hazard that exist
4FPP-5.9.2 List recommendations to correct the hazards identified
4FPP-6 Understand the procedures for fire investigations 
4FPP-6.1 Identify the process of identifying the point or origin of fire.
4FPP-6.2 Identify the types of fires when investigating multiple fires
4FPP-6.3 Identify the causes of fire during the investigation process
4FPP-6.4 Identify the various types of evidence found at a fire scene
4FPP-6.5 Identify the collection and chain of evidence process at a fire scene
4FPP-6.6 Identify the procedure for securing a fire scene during investigation
4FPP-6.7 Identify the procedures for reporting and filing records and reports from a fire investigation.
4FPP-6.8 Given fire photographs and/or sketches:
4FPP-6.8.1 Determine the point of origin
4FPP-6.8.2 Identify the procedure used by the authority having jurisdiction to determine loss to structure and contents
4FPP-6.9 Demonstrate methods used to identify, preserve evidence, and secure a fire scene.
4FPP-7 Understand the inspecting, testing and components of fire protection systems 
4FPP-7.1 Identify the various types of sprinkler systems
4FPP-7.2 Identify the inspection and testing procedures for sprinkler systems
4FPP-7.3 Identify the various types of standpipe systems
4FPP-7.4 Identify the classes of standpipe systems
4FPP-7.5 Identify the inspection procedures for standpipe systems
4FPP-7.6 Identify the various types of fire pumps and their testing procedures
4FPP-7.7 Identify the types of fixed fire protection systems
4FPP-7.8 Identify the inspection procedures for fixed fire protection systems
4FPP-7.9 Identify the maintenance procedures for first aid fire extinguishers
4FPP-7.10 Identify the components of the various types of automatic and manual fire alarm systems and devices
4FPP-7.11 Identify the maintenance requirements of the various types of automatic and manual fire alarm systems and devices.
4FPP-7.12 Identify the testing procedure for water supply
4FPP-7.13 Identify the fire flow requirements for various occupancies 
4FPP-8 Understand the process for developing a fire education program 
4FPP-8.1 Identify the five-step process for the development of a public fire education program
4FPP-8.2 Identify the components for curriculum development of a public fire education program.
4FPP-8.3

Give a summary of the five-step process for the development of a public fire education program, the student will perform a needs assessment utilizing the five-step process to identify, select, design, implement, and evaluate a fire safety program.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Introduction
  • The basis for prevention
  • Public fire prevention organizations & function
  • Private fire protection and prevention organization
  • Fire prevention through the code process
  • Plan review
  • Inspection
  • Fire protection systems testing
  • Other fire prevention functions
  • Fire prevention through investigation
  • Fire prevention through public education, awareness, and public forum
  • Fire prevention through records and record keeping
  • Community risk reduction

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Handouts
  • Video/PPT
  • Case Histories
  • Scenarios
  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Individual Presentations

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Using References
  • Decision Making
  • Group Participation
  • Class Discussion
  • Practical Exercises
  • Individual Presentations

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Required Text:

Principles of Fire Prevention, Diamantes, David, Jones and Bartlett, Third Edition, 2015

ISBN: 9781284041866

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation:
Practical Skills, Discussion & Participation 10 points
Research paper 20 points
Quizzes 20 points
Homework 10 points
Mid-Term 15 points
Final Exam 25 points
TOTAL 100 points

Grading Scale:

100 – 90 A
89 – 80 B
79 – 70 C
69 – 60 D
59 & Below F

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.