Fire Command and Administration Department - Course Descriptions

Core Classes

FCA 120 Basic Fire Investigation
Explores a basic study of fire scene investigation procedures and techniques used to determine the origin and cause of fire. Included are reasons for accurately determining the origin and cause of fire, the systematic approach to fire scene examination, the chemistry of fire, determining the origin, major accidental and incendiary fire causes, scene sketching, scene photography and note taking. Other topics that will be covered are: basic scene security, major fire scene control, report writing, interviewing, and courtroom demeanor for the firefighter and investigator.

FCA 132 Technical Writing for Emergency Services
This course is an introduction to developing the skills for clear writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation effective in any written work. Students will complete practical applications that will be used in fire service report writing.

FCA 155 Fire Instructor I
This course is an introduction to a fire instructor's duties as written by the requirements of the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Qualifications (2002). Students examine a basic study of elements that influence teaching and learning. Special attention is given to the Fire Service Training Instructor's relationship to student safety as well as the legal liabilities involved. Instruction will include discussion of techniques for preparing effective lessons using the psychology of learning. Other topics include: training aids, copyright law, learning theories, purposes and principles of testing and evaluation.

FCA 157 Public Information Officer
The course is designed to train participants for coordinating and disseminating information released during emergency operations and for assisting in the scheduling and coordination of news conferences and similar media events. After completing this course the student will have met the sections required for Public Information Officer as outlined by the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) 1035, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety (2005).

FCA 160 Tactics I
This course is a review and study of basic principles and methods utilizing fire department personnel, equipment and apparatus. Instruction will include knowledge of fire behavior factors common to fire incidents as well as tactical and operational considerations. Students will examine what incident managers must know to minimize or negate the effects of fire, heat, and smoke including identifying the Incident Management System (IMS), its basic components and explain how it can be used as a scene management tool.

FCA 173 Fire Service & Response to Terrorism
Explores the many aspects of terrorist attacks from actions taken prior to an incident to operations at the scene and afterward. Provides fire service with comprehensive strategic and tactical information pertaining to prevention, preparedness, recognition, response, and recovery from terrorist attacks. Special emphasis on explosive, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents. Other topics include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE,) incident management, technical and mass decontamination, special operational considerations and lessons learned from actual global incidents.

FCA 180 Fire Administration
This course is an introduction into relationships and issues in personnel administration within the context of fire-related organizations. Topics include human resource management, financial management, customer service, training and education, health and safety, laws and ethics.

FCA 195 Fire Officer I
This course is an introduction to a fire officer's duties as written by the requirements of the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2003 edition. Content includes leadership, supervisory and decision making practices, legal responsibilities, communication practices, report writing, workplace safety, quality assurance and pre-incident planning.

FCA 259 Legal Aspects of Fire Service
This course introduces the federal, state and local laws that regulate emergency services, national standards influencing emergency services, standard of care, tort, liability and a review of relevant court cases.

FCA 260 Incident Command System/National Incident Management System
This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher-level ICS training. This course describes the history, features, and principles and organization structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). (Course will meet ICS 100/200 requirements).

FCA 261 Hazardous Material On-Scene Incident Commander
Examines regulatory issues, hazard analysis, multi-agency contingency planning, response personnel, multi-agency response 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.

FCA 262 Disaster and Fire Defense Planning
This course examines concepts and principles of community risk assessment, planning and response to fires and natural disasters, including Incident Command System (ICS), mutual aid and automatic response, training and preparedness, communications, civil disasters, earthquake preparedness, and disaster recovery.

FCA 265 Fire Officer II
This course is an introduction to a fire officer's duties as written by the requirements of the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2003 edition. Content includes interaction with government agencies, report writing, managing human resource, RMS, budgets, performance appraisal and exposure reports.

FCA 272 Negotiation
This course introduces a critical skill needed for effective management. Negotiation explores the major concepts and theories of the psychology of bargaining and negotiation, and the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup conflict and its resolution. Content includes basic elements of conflict and negotiation, the processes of communication, persuasion, and ethical judgment, external influences on negotiations and breakdowns in the negotiation process.

FCA 274 Occupational Safety and Health for Fire Service
This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles, emergency situations involving fire, EMS, hazardous materials and technical rescue.

FCA 280 Advanced Fire Administration
This course introduces the student to the organization and management of fire departments preparing fire officers to be fire administrators. Instruction will include various components of the fire service organization, cultural differences, line and staff functions including personnel management, recruitment and hiring practices, legal aspects, disciplinary actions, communication skills, safety practices, budgetary practices and ethics.

Elective Requirements

FCA 137 Introduction to System Design
This course provides an overview of the types of building hazard categories, specific hazards, and methods used to choose the appropriate types and degrees of detection and suppression. Industry standards and variations will be discussed using NFPA codes. In addition, students will match environment to occupancy hazard classification and demonstrate knowledge of special hazard classification and systems.

FCA 152 Building Construction
This course provides an overview of the engineering principles of building construction, characteristics of building classifications, fire and life safety devices and assemblies, fire loading, fire resistance and flame spread ratings. Special attention will focus on construction techniques and utilization of building construction knowledge for pre-planning fire potential, meeting competency standards defined by the NFPA.

FCA 170 Hazardous Materials Awareness
This course is a detailed look at the skills necessary to respond safely to hazardous materials emergencies. Derived from NFPA 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, 2002 Edition. This course will assist students with the proper techniques vital to managing all hazardous materials incidents that include: recognizing the presence of hazardous materials, protecting themselves, securing the area and calling for trained personnel.

FCA 175 Fire Safety Officer
This course is an introduction to the duties as written by the requirements of the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Office, 2002 edition. Course elements are designed to enable the student to identify and analyze health and safety aspects relating to their role as Incident Safety Officer in both emergency and non-emergency situations.

FCA 177 Wildland Urban Interface
This course is designed to assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface. Instructional units include: interface awareness, size-up, initial strategy and incident action plan, structure triage, structure protection tactics, incident action plan assessment and update, follow-up and public relations, and firefighter safety in the interface.

FCA 205 Testing HO Systems
This course is an introduction to testing of water-based suppression systems principles. Performance outcomes will include, I&T of water-based fire protection systems, hydrant flow test, fire pump test and forward flow test of backflow preventers.

FCA 255 Fire Instructor II
Builds and expands on the skills learned in Fire Instructor I. This course is designed to provide the Fire Instructor with the next level of understanding for the training of personnel. This course is designed to train the participants to perform job and task analysis, develop goals and objectives, and develop a lesson plan along with the coordinating of training aids and student test and evaluation. Prepares the student for the requirements as written by the National Fire Protection Administration, (NFPA) 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Qualifications (2002).

FCA 270 Hazardous Material Operations
This course meets National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) 472, 2002 edition requirements and expands on the awareness level to an operational ability to control, contain and confine hazardous materials. Course elements include basic skills needed to evaluate and work defensively at an incident involving the release of a hazardous material for the purpose of protecting persons, property and the environment from the effects of the release.

HSCI 278 Emergency Medical Technician
Prereq: Red Cross First Aid Certificate High School completion and be an active member of one of the Emergency Medical Services.
Develop skills necessary to provide emergency medical care at basic life support level; to include skills in symptom recognition, emergency care procedures and techniques, and care during transport.

FCA 285 Fire and Life Safety Educator
This course prepares students in comprehensive community fire and injury prevention programs designed to eliminate or mitigate situations that endanger lives, health, property, or the environment. Course elements include: documenting, scheduling, selecting, presenting, developing, implementing and evaluating within a framework of instructional methodology and concepts. This course is an introduction to a public fire and life safety educator's duties as written by the requirements of the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) 1035, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety (2005).

FCA 295 Fire Officer III
This course provides the basic tools for analyzing and evaluating budgets, programs, policies, personnel and management systems within the fire service organization. Data interpretation and planning are major elements addressed in this course. Enhancement of fire service leadership decision-making capabilities is the primary focus of this course. Prepares the student for the requirements as written by the National Fire Protection Administration, (NFPA) 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2003 edition.

General Education Requirements

ENGL &101 English Composition
Writing and analyzing unified, coherent expository essays that support and develop a thesis; using the modes of development (the rhetorical devices) appropriately in compositions, recognize writing as a process; and incorporating secondary sources in essays using MLA and/or APA styles of documentation.

PS 101 Introduction to Physical Science
An introduction course for non-science majors covering the concepts of physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy.

SPCH 100 Speech
An investigation into communication theory including verbal and non verbal communication. Communication barriers and processes will be studied.

BUS 107 Business Math
Mathematics applications in banking, merchandising, inventory, depreciation and promissory notes. Introduction to simple statistics and the metric system.

PSYC &100 Psychology
Scientific study of animal behavior and experience. Both biological and social basics of behavior are covered with emphasis on heredity, neurology, motivation, emotion, perception, cognition, learning and intelligence.

Pierce College Coordinator

Robert Lord
Program Coordinator, HSEM & FCA
253-912-2211

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