Fire Hydraulics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 209

       Course Name: Fire Hydraulics

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: FIR 101 Introduction to Fire Science

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course reviews basic mathematics and studies of hydraulic principles and formulas for fluid flow, friction loss, and forces. Content includes operation and characteristics of fire pumps, water distribution, and supply for fire protection, fluid flow in hoses, nozzle discharge, and fire streams, and application of principles to fire department operations.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is for the student to describe and apply basic mathematics and hydraulic principles. Identify and apply formulas for fluid flow, friction loss, and forces. Describe and discuss the operation and characteristics of fire pumps and water distribution and supply for fire protection. The student will practice calculating differentiate fluid flow in hoses, nozzle discharge and fire streams, and explain the application of the principles to fire department operations.

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

  1. Introduction
  2. Course objectives
  3. Terminology
  4. Properties of water, Chapter 1
  5. Principles of pressure, Chapter 2
  6. Elements of friction loss, Chapter 3
  7. Municipal water supply systems, Chapter 4
  8. Calculating GPM flow from an orifice, Chapter 5
  9. Calculating required fire flows, Chapter 6
  10. Pump types, features, and controls, Chapters 7 & 8
  11. Pump tests, Chapter 9
  12. Nozzle types, features, flows, pressures, and nozzle reaction
  13. Calculating pump pressure for single hand lines, Chapter 12 & 13
  14. Estimating available water, Review/Question and answer period/Practice problems
  15. Calculations for additional hand lines, Review/Question and answer period/Practice problems
  16. Relay, tandem and dual pumping, Chapter 14 23
  17. Master streams and elevated streams
  18. Siamesed lines and Wyed lines
  19. Standpipes and sprinkler systems

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Handouts
  • Scenarios
  • Class & group Discussion
  • Individual Presentations

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • General Mathematics
  • Using References
  • Decision Making
  • Group Participation & discussion
  • Individual Presentations
  • Written Exam

What to expect?

  1. To memorize facts, figures, and formulas.
  2. To write a lot (you will never be good at it, if you don't!)
  3. You need to participate in problem solving, assignments, and group activities.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Fire Service Hydraulics and Water Supply, 2nd Edition, 2010, IFSTA

ISBN: 978-0-87939-414-1

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Total points Letter grade
92-100 A
83-91 B
74-82 C
65-73 D
64 and below F
 
Assignments 15 points
Quizzes 30 points
Final exam 40 points
Total points 115 points
  • There are fifteen (15) assignments. All are located at the end of each textbook chapter.
  • Each assignment is worth one (1) point.
  • Grading will take into account the spelling and grammar, and thoroughness.
  • If the instructor cannot understand your writing, the instructor cannot grade your work.
  • All assignments are optional and are “extra credit”

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.



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.