This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively perform basic firefighting operations as part of a firefighting team. Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to: apply the principles of fire behavior; understand the fundamentals of building construction; demonstrate knowledge of water distribution systems; understand ventilation and air currents as it applies to fire behavior; understand and apply knowledge of water pressure and hose streams; explain fire prevention practices; and demonstrate knowledge of Fire Fighter Professionals Qualifications. Topics in this course include: fire service organization/communications, fire behavior, life safety/fire prevention, portable fire extinguishers, introduction to respiratory protection, self-contained breathing apparatus, hose and streams, rope and knots, forcible entry, ventilation ladders, search and rescue, property conservation, wildland firefighting, structural firefighting, and fire ground fire rescue operations. Students enrolled in this course must pass a midterm and final examination with a minimum score of 70%, meet the attendance requirements for the course and receive a satisfactory evaluation by the instructor. End of course assessment: Certification or credentialing exam.
Notes: Individuals with physical or medical conditions that limit their full and active participation may not be eligible for this program. This program is taught off campus in Queen Anne’s County. Students are enrolled in two classes during the fall semester and two classes during the spring semester. Must be a member of a local fire department and at least 16 years old. A Medical Clearance by a certified physician will be required for all participants before school starts. Failure to comply will result in a denial of entry to the program.