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Course Descriptions

FT 110
Fire Apparatus
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 130; FT 300; or employment as a firefighter
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers various aspects of fire apparatus. Topics include design, typing, specifications, construction, performance capabilities, and maintenance. This course includes principles and techniques for maintaining and operating fire service pumping and other mobile apparatus. The course includes fire service equipment and apparatus troubleshooting; principles and techniques of preventive maintenance; construction and operation of fire service pumps and pump accessories; basic highway operating techniques for fire apparatus; fire apparatus specifications and testing procedures. Also included are warning devices and the utilization of apparatus in fire service emergencies. Effective utilization of equipment on the fireground will be the focus with emphasis on practical applications.
FT 130
Fire Company Organization and Management
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 300 or employment as a firefighter.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
An in-depth review of the operation, organization and planning concepts of today's fire departments. Emphasizes the functions of management including budgeting, time management, delegation, motivation, and discipline. Explores concepts of continuous improvement, team-building, and principles of quality management, relative to fire service operations.
FT 170
Fire Investigation
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 300 or employment as a firefighter
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course focuses on determining causes of fires (accidental, suspicious and incendiary), the types of fires, related laws, an introduction to arson and incendiarism, recognizing and preserving evidence, the interviewing of witnesses and suspects, arrest and detention procedures, court procedures and giving court testimony.
FT 180
Rescue Practices
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 300 or employment as a firefighter
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course focuses on the identification and management of rescue situations, such as proper utilization and awareness of equipment, tools, and techniques to handle various rescue situations. Topics include vehicle extrication, water rescue, vertical rescue, building collapse, radiation hazards, hazardous materials rescue, fire situations including rapid intervention awareness, and other emergency situations.
FT 190
Fire Tactics and Strategy
3 Units
Prerequisite: FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: FT 301, 302, 303, and 304; or employment as a firefighter.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides the study of fundamental principles of fire tactics and strategy under fireground conditions and procedures for effective development and application of pre-fire plans. Fire emergency problems are critically analyzed and definitive coping strategies are examined as it relates to staffing resources, equipment and extinguishing agents available during the emergency incident. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for the Strategy and Tactics Course.
FT 210
Firefighter Academy for the Internship Program
10 Units
Prerequisite: FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better; Current EMT Certification in the State of California. BLS Provider or BLS for the Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association; or current American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer). CPR must stay current for the entire internship. The student must meet other Academy requirements including but not limited to; drug screening, background check, purchasing firefighting personnel protective equipment, college GPA of 2.5, physical, physical ability test, respirator fit testing, and a valid drivers license. The students applying for FT 210 must pass a fire interview board to be accepted into the course.
Corequisite: FT 498
Enrollment Limitation: All students must be enrolled in FT 498 to sign up for FT 210.
Hours: 126 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
FT 210 is a Firefighter Academy to provide the techniques and skills to work effectively and safely within the fire environment as well as in the fire department. This Firefighter Academy is CSD Fire Department's Academy (NOT a State Certified Regional Fire Academy). Students that successfully complete this course along with the CSD/CRC Firefighter work experience program (FT 498) are allowed to apply for the State of California Fire Fighter I certification. Topics include indoctrination into the fire service, general maintenance, apparatus and equipment operations, fire control, salvage, fire prevention and public education, fire and arson investigation, rapid intervention crew tactics, physical fitness/wellness, emergency care, and forcible entry. Students may be charged a lab fee for personal protective equipment (PPE) in the use of and maintenance of structural firefighter turnouts and equipment in this course. Students will also be responsible for purchasing other equipment, liability insurance and uniforms. Pass/no pass only.
FT 295
Independent Studies in Fire Technology
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
FT 299
Experimental Offering in Fire Technology
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
FT 300
Fire Protection Organization
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an introduction to fire protection and emergency services. Fire Protection Organization is recommended as the first course in the series of fire technology courses. Topics covered include: career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; philosophy and history of fire protection; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; an introduction to fire protection systems; and an introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for the Principles of Emergency Services.
FT 301
Fire Prevention Technology
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention, history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use and application of codes and standards, plans review, fire inspection practices with identification and correction of fire hazards, fire and life safety education, and fire investigation. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Fire Prevention.
FT 302
Fire Protection Equipment and Systems
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire detection and fire alarm systems, heat and smoke control systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, fire protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection, as well as portable fire extinguishers.This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Fire Protection Systems.
FT 303
Building Construction for Fire Protection
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is the study of the components of building construction that relate to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations and operating at fires and other emergencies. The development and evolution of building and fire codes will be studied in relationship to past fires in residential, commercial land industrial occupancies.This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Building Construction for Fire Prevention.
FT 304
Fire Behavior and Combustion
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides the student with theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and are controlled; an in-depth study of fire chemistry and physics, fire characteristics of materials, extinguishing agents and fire control techniques.This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Fire Behavior and Combustion.
FT 305
Firefighter Safety and Survival
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
The course introduces the principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral changes throughout the emergency services profession. Emphasis is placed on occupational health and safety of firefighters as well as their personal and organizational accountability. Topics include safety, risk management, medical and fitness standards, industry standards relating to vehicle operation and road scene safety as well as firefighter fatality case studies and analysis. The course emphasizes best safety practices before, during, and after the emergency incident. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival.
FT 320
Hazardous Materials
3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: FT 300, 301, 302, 303, and 304
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides a study of the fire fighting practices related to hazardous chemicals, including their physical properties, uses in industry, and characteristics when involved in spills, fires, and accidents. Basic information regarding health effects and treatment, and fire department protocols and responsibilities.
FT 495
Independent Studies in Fire Technology
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
FT 498
Work Experience in Fire Technology
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Fire Technology.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
FT 499
Experimental Offering in Fire Technology
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB