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Course Descriptions

Fire 101—Essentials of Fire Suppression (3)

PreReq: Eng 21 or placement in Eng 102

Provides students with a comprehensive initial introduction to suppression of structural fires. Introduces definitions, terminology, and a brief history of structural fire suppression. Provides students with a basic knowledge of fire behavior, how and what materials burn, extinguishment systems, and basic methods of suppression. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 151—Introduction to Wildland Fire Control (3)

PreReq: Eng 21 or placement in Eng 102

Introduces definitions, concepts, theories, and principles of modern wildland fire control. Provides students with an overall introduction to theory and application in basic wildland fire suppression, fire behavior, wildland fire operations, suppression methods, tools, and equipment. An emphasis on safety. Completion of this course meets current NWCG 310-1 standards for Firefighter Type 2, and the required training for issuance of a Red Card. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 153—Advanced Wildland Firefighting (3)

PreReq: Fire 151

Designed to meet the training needs for both Advanced Firefighter/Squad Boss and Incident Commander Type 5 positions. Covers how to: properly document the appropriate information during fire suppression activities; incorporate and maintain open lines of communication with all appropriate fire suppression personnel; apply LCES (Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones) to fire line tactics; and demonstrate the steps required to properly size up a fire situation and determine appropriate tactics. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 156—Incident Command System (3)

PreReq: Eng 21 or placement in Eng 102

Course describes the Incident Command System (ICS). Collectively, these features identify the unique quality of ICS as a management system for all emergency and planned event incidents. Principle features are: management by objectives, chain of command, transfer of command, organizational flexibility, integrated communications, common terminology, and developing an Incident Action Plan. In addition, Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5 requires all federal, state and local agencies to adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS) which ICS is part of. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 157—Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (3)

PreReq: Fire 151

Designed to instruct prospective fireline personnel in wildland fire behavior for effective and safe fire management operations. Fire behavior is not an independent phenomenon - it is the product of the environment in which the fire is burning. Certain types of fire behavior are considered unusual or unexpected only because of the failure to evaluate properly the conditions, influences, and forces that are in control. To predict fire behavior, and to control and use fire effectively and safely, one must understand and use the interactions of fire with its environment. Examines the fire environment: what it is, how it varies and why, and how fire itself alters the total picture. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 202—Fire Hydraulics (3)

PreReq: Fire 101; and “C” or better in Math 25 or 25X or “C” or better in Math 26 or placement in Math 100

Introduces terminology, definitions, and basic and complex formulas involved in fire service hydraulics. Helps students gain an understanding of the complexities involved in modern apparatus pumping and water delivery systems. Focuses on commonly used equipment and applying simple and complex mathematical formulas (theory), plus standard rules applied in fire service to gain an overall understanding of hydraulics and hydraulics application. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 207—Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations (3)

PreReq: Fire 101 and Fire 156

Students are introduced to initial response for Hazardous Material Incidents. Upon completion, the student will meet the training requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) to perform at the Awareness and Operations level. Topics include: personal safety, regulations, toxicology, Incident Command System, decontamination, chemical resources, initial response, assessment, and strategic and tactical options for HAZMAT incidents. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 210—Fire Administration (3)

PreReq: Fire 101 and Fire 151 and Fire 156

Provides the student with an overall understanding of the science, leadership, and modern management in the fire service. Topics include: developing a game plan for personal success, the principles of leadership and management, leadership ethics, managing emergency services, analytical approaches to public fire protection, and community disaster planning. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 212—Firefighting Strategies and Tactics (3)

PreReq: Fire 101, 151, 156

Introduces essential elements, definitions, and terminology involved in analyzing the nature of fire, and determining needs and requirements to extinguish fires. Students develop an understanding of complexities involved in suppressing fires. Students will learn manpower, equipment, and practices with an emphasis on pre-planning, study of conflagration problems, and fire ground organization. This is a building block for future tactics and strategy classes taught by State and Federal fire programs. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 215—Wildland/Urban Interface Operations (3)

PreReq: Fire 151

An introduction to the strategies, tactics, techniques, tools, and safety considerations related to fire operations in the wildland/urban interface. Involves aspects of suppression and prevention. (3 lec hrs.)

Fire 217— Firefighter Life Safety (3) PreReq: Fire 101 and Fire 156

This course was developed through the National Fire Academy's Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiatives. Firefighting is one of the nations most hazardous occupations. The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation's 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives provide a framework within which fire and emergency response personnel can identify and address the issues that constitute risks of both injury and loss of life. (3 lec hrs.)

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Contact Information
Hawaiʻi Community College
Fire Science Program
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Phone: (808) 934-2617
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