FST 101—Introduction to Fire Science 3-0-3
A survey of various fields of study in the fire science curriculum, exploring the two major components: suppression and prevention. Topics include: the fire problem and the fire protection organizations; codes and fire safe building design; fire behavior and hazards of materials; extinguishing agents and systems; fire detection devices and municipal fire department organization and administration.
FST 103—Fire Service Administration 3-0-3
Trains the prospective officer in proper management techniques and methods by reviewing classical management theories, records, reports, and evaluations; personnel management; leadership and control; fireground management and the management cycle.
FST 104—Fire Service Hydraulics 3-0-3
Prepares the firefighter to effectively move and apply water in various fireground situations. The principles and rules of hydrostatics and hydrokinetics are taught by instruction in: flow through orifices, water systems and testing; pump theory and operation; fire streams and delivery equipment; fireground hydraulics and calculations; and firefighting foams and equipment.
FST 105—Public Fire Education 3-0-3
Introduces the concepts of fire prevention, with emphasis on public fire education. Inspections, code violations, and recordkeeping are reviewed as part of the six functions of fire prevention.
FST 107—Fire Protection Suppression 3-0-3
Systems and Alarms Prepares the fire science student in the use, application and testing of suppression and detection systems. Water sprinkler systems; CO2, dry chemical, Halon, foam and explosion suppression systems and flame, heat and smoke detection devices are reviewed.
FST 109—Building Codes and Standards 3-0-3
Emphasizes the usage of the BOCA Basic Building Code to attain fire-safe building designs through the use of nationally recognized standards and regulations. Surveys code enforcement and administration responsibilities, use group classifications and construction types, building limitations and special usages, egress design and materials and testing, structural loads and fire protection systems, construction terminology and architectural functions and plans. Prerequisite: FST 101
FST 110—Fire Apparatus and Equipment 3-0-3
Acquaints fire service personnel with basic apparatus requirements, design, procurement and testing. Code requirements for portable equipment and apparatus are also discussed. Pump theory, chassis design and large-diameter hose are reviewed.
FST 112—Arson Investigation 3-0-3
Instructs fire, police, insurance and private sector personnel about the mushrooming arson and related problems confronting and impacting the entire nation today. Provides instruction in arson awareness and recognition to accomplish early detection of possible crimes and appropriate follow-up investigations. Prerequisites: FST 101, FST 222
FST 114—Life Safety and Regulatory 3-0-3
Requirements for Special Occupancies Study of the current National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code 101 and fire protection requirements in special occupancies such as health care, detention and corrections, educational, dormitories, hotels, apartments, board and care homes, and mercantile, business, industrial and storage occupancies. The student learns specific requirements for fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire drills, test and maintenance of equipment and emergency lighting for these occupancy types. A study of the fire protection regulatory requirements of various Pennsylvania departments and bureaus are also covered.
FST 115—Fire Service Occupational Safety 3-0-3
Presents the requirements and procedures to effectively develop a fire department safety program. Qualifications, responsibilities, and roles of the department and incident safety officer will be reviewed. Physical fitness, training, apparatus, equipment, personal protective equipment, operations and special hazards are covered. Techniques for risk management and program auditing are presented.
FST 201—Hazardous Materials 3-0-3
Teaches principles for the control of hazardous material incidents in the manufacturing, shipping, storage, use and disposal cycle are taught. Topics include: the hazardous material incident; basic chemistry and health hazards; explosives, oxidizers and radioactive materials, cryogenics, compressed gases and flammables; the identification planning, command and decision-making processes and the various transportation modes and hazards. Prerequisite: FST 101 and knowledge of general chemistry and basic physics
FST 209—Building Construction for the 3-0-3
Fire Service Acquaints the fire science student with the various types of existing building construction and fire’s effect upon each type of material used. This includes wooden construction, ordinary construction, mill construction, 19th century “fireproof” buildings, and steel and concrete construction.
FST 211—Survey of Fire Insurance 3-0-3
Rating and Loss Control An overview is given of the insurance industry as it relates to fire insurance rating and loss control. Topics include: the insurance industry and how rates are developed; insurance company divisions; the insurance service office and municipal grading; public water supplies and suppression systems; the public fire department and loss control surveys.
FST 215—Fire Training Officer Development 3-0-3
Instructs fire training officers in the standards and procedures for the training of firefighters and recognized by national standards and agencies with instruction in: the communications process and learning principles; instructional methods; training aids and recordkeeping. Prerequisite: FST 103
FST 216—Industrial Fire Brigades 3-0-3
A course designed to assist local industrial firms in initiating, developing and implementing the brigades which will be involved with the extinguishment or control of fires until the fire department arrives at the scene. Requirements of the OSHA regulations are reviewed as are recordkeeping, suppression systems and fire prevention activities.
FST 220—Firefighting Tactics and Command 3-0-3
Trains command personnel in the priority of operations, fire spread and behavior and decision making during emergency operations. Topics discussed include the size-up process, rescue and protection of exposures; confining and extinguishing the fire, overhauling the fire, and the procedures of salvage and ventilation. Prerequisite: FST 104
FST 221—Firefighting Tactics and Command II 3-0-3
Continuation of fire ground tactics and command with emphasis on large area structures, flammable liquid storage in bulk plants, high rise structures, windowless buildings and buildings under construction. Sectoring, resource management and command at large incidents are covered. Prerequisite: FST 220
FST 222—Legal Aspects of the 3-0-3
Pennsylvania Fire Service Acquaints advanced fire science technology students with legal problems and situations encountered with the Pennsylvania fire service. Case studies on breaking and entering, criminal trespass, assault, negligence, contracts and product liability are covered.
FST 224—Plans Review for Firefighters 3-0-3
Study of engineering drawing principles using blueprint symbols, projections, cross-section and assembly drawings, scaling and dimensioning and use of the BOCA plan review form. Prerequisite: FST 109