Industrial Fire Protection

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 219

       Course Name: Industrial Fire Protection

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: FIR101 - Introduction to Fire Science

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course studies industrial fire prevention practices. The content includes study of fixed-fire protection systems; employee fire safety education; in-plant inspections; hazard controls, organization of industrial fire brigades, and cooperation with public fire departments.

This class complies with the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model curriculum.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Introduction to fire protection systems in the fire service. The course includes features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppressions systems, water supply for fire protection, and portable fire extinguishers.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe all aspects of sprinkler systems to include components, flow testing, and maintenance for residential and commercial systems.
  2. Define the terms of fire detection system and fire suppression system.
  3. Identify the various types of detectors to include fixed-temperature heat, rate-of-rise heat, smoke, flame, fire-gas, and other detection devices.
  4. Describe pump components and accessories require for the installation of a fire pump.
  5. Identify the different classes of standpipe systems and their intended use.

Performance Objectives: 
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe principles and characteristics of suppression agents.
  2. Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system including the sources, distribution networks, piping, and hydrants.
  3. Identify the different types and components of sprinkler, standpipe, and foam systems.
    1. Describe the types and components of standpipe systems.
    2. Explain the inspection, testing, and maintenance of standpipe systems.
    3. Name the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that deal with standpipe systems.
    4. Describe the types and components of fire pumps.
    5. Explain how to conduct a flow test for a fire pump installation.
    6. Name the NFPA standards that deal with fixed fire pumps.
  4. Describe the elements of residential and commercial sprinkler legislation.
  5. Identify the different types of non-water based fire suppression systems.
  6. Explain the basic components of a fire alarm system.
    1. Describe the types and components of fire alarm and detection systems.
    2. Name the NFPA standards that deal with fire alarm and detection systems.
  7. Identify the different types of detectors and explain how they detect fire.
  8. Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures
  9. Explain why water is a commonly used extinguishing agent.
  10. Discuss the appropriate application of fire protection systems.
  11. Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building.
  12. Explain the operation and appropriate application for the different types of portable fire protections systems.
    1. Explain the criteria for locating fire extinguishers in a business.
    2. Identify the appropriate extinguishing agent with a specific type of fire.

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

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to Fire Protection Systems
    1. The role fire protection systems play in protecting life
      1. Safety and welfare
      2. General public and firefighters
    2. Overview of the different types of fire protection systems
    3. The role of codes and standards in fire protection system design
  2. Suppression Agents and Principles
    1. Combustion
    2. Suppression
  3. Water Supply Systems for Fire Protection Systems
    1. Sources for fire protection water supply
    2. Distribution networks
    3. Piping
    4. Hydrants
    5. Utility company interface with the fire department
  4. Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems
    1. Properties of water
      1. Water as an effective extinguishing agent
      2. How water extinguishes fir
    2. Sprinkler systems
      1. Types of systems and applications
      2. Types of sprinklers and applications
      3. Piping, valves, hangers and alarm devices
      4. Fire department operations in buildings with sprinkler systems
    3. Residential sprinkler systems
    4. Residential and commercial sprinkler legislation
    5. Standpipe systems
      1. Types and applications
      2. Fire department operations in buildings with standpipes
    6. Foam systems
    7. Water mist systems
    8. Fire pump
      1. Types
      2. Components
      3. Operation
      4. Fire pump curves
  5. Non-Water Based Fire Suppression Systems
    1. Carbon dioxide systems
      1. Applications
      2. Extinguishing properties
      3. System components
    2. Halogenated Systems
      1. Halon 1301 and the environment
      2. Halon alternatives
      3. Extinguishing properties
      4. System components
    3. Dry/wet chemical extinguishing systems
      1. Extinguishing properties
      2. Applications
      3. UL 300
  6. Fire Alarm Systems
    1. Components
    2. Types of fire alarm systems
    3. Detectors
      1. Smoke
      2. Heat
      3. Flame
    4. Audible and visual devices
    5. Alarm monitoring
    6. Testing and maintenance of fire alarm systems
  7. Smoke Management Systems
    1. Hazards of smoke
    2. Smoke movement in buildings
    3. Types of smoke management systems
    4. Firefighter operations in buildings with smoke management systems
  8. Portable Fire Extinguishers
    1. Types and Applications
      1. Foam
      2. Carbon Oxygen (CO2)
      3. Dry chemical
      4. Halogen
      5. Explosion suppression
      6. Specialized
    2. Selection
    3. Placement
    4. Maintenance
    5. Portable fire extinguisher operations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

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

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Decision-making
  • Group Participation
  • Class Discussion
  • Individual Presentations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Quizzes
  • Written Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Fire Protection Systems, Enhanced Second Edition, Jones, A. Maurice, Jones, & Bartlett, 2015. ISBN-13: 9781284294170

Fire Detection and Suppression Systems, 4th Edition, IFSTA, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-87939-398-4

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress


Homework 05 points
Quizzes 20 points
Exam #1 25 points
Exam #2 25 points
Exam #3 25 points
TOTAL 100 Points

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.