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Fire Science Course Descriptions and Textbooks


Please note – The Department of Education Statewide Course Numbering System uses the FFP prefix to indicate those courses within the Fire Science Curriculum.  The first number indicates the level of efficiency.  Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), and the last three numbers indicate the course topic. 

 SPECIAL NOTE TO STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT WORKING FIREFIGHTERS OR HAVE NO FIRE SERVICE EXPERIENCE: 

Students that are not working firefighters or have no fire service experience are welcome to take our courses however may experience difficulties in the comprehension of some of the curriculum with their lack of working firefighting experience.  We suggest that if you are not a working firefighter that you contact our office by phone or email and commuicate with us on a particular course you may be interested in taking prior to registration.  We can then better explain what the class will contain and provide you with additional information so that you do not register for the course and find out too late (to drop the course) that a course was not properly suited for you. 

All courses are 40 Contact Hours and 3 College Credits. 

Course offering information whether online or traditional classroom is contained within each course description along with textbook and any other class materials required.

Class size limits can vary and are indicated below (where applicable).

COLLEGE BOOKSTORE INFORMATION:  The Ybor City Campus Bookstore is the only HCC bookstore that stock textbooks for the FFP courses.  You can call the bookstore at 813-253-7615 to check availability of any books that you need.  We also encourage firefighters to check with their department's training division or fire prevention division for the possibility or borrowing a book for the course.  We do provide the ISBN number for the required textbooks and you can often find new/used books on sites such as Amazon.com or other similar sites.      


 
FFP-1000  Introduction to Fire Science     (Minimum of 10 students)
 
Textbook – Introductino to Fire Protection / 3rd Edition by Robert Klinoff

ISBN 1-4180-0177-5

Introduction to Fire Science


This course provides an overview of the fire protection field, with an emphasis on fire protection agencies, equipment, building design & construction and firefighting tactics.  Topics include fire suppression & equipment, characteristics and behavior of fire, fire hazard properties of ordinary materials, extinguishing agents and public relations.

THIS COURSE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE BRAND NEW TO THE FIRE SERVICE OR THOSE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN A FIRE SCIENCE COURSE BUT ARE NOT ALREADY A WORKING FIREFIGHTER. 
 
Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.

 


 
FFP-1304  Aerial Ladder Class          (10 minimum, 16 maximum)
 
Textbook – Aerial Apparatus Driver / Operator Handbook by IFSTA
ISBN  0-87939-180-4

Aerial Operations Textbook
 
This course is limited in size due to the amount of hands on application time.  Topics include driving laws and techniques; construction and operation of aerial ladder trucks and aerial platform trucks; aerial apparatus positioning and maintenance.  Note – Bring a calculator to class capable of performing X² and square root functions.
 
Note – This class WILL NOT be offered online due to hands on application.


 
FFP-1506  Fire Prevention and Investigation  (Minimum of 10 students)
 
Textbook – IFSTA Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement - 7th Edition
ISBN:  9780879393489

Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement Textbook
 
This course deals with the principles of prevention and investigation, a study of the fire hazards of various occupancies, a review of fire prevention codes, OSHA requirements, surveying and mapping procedures.  Topics include recognition of hazards, engineering and enforcement of solutions, public relations and preservation of arson evidence.
 
Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


 
FFP-1710  Company Officer       (Minimum of 10 students)
 
Textbook – Fire Officer by Michael Ward (3rd edition)
  • ISBN- 9781284026672 
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    Fire Officer I Book
     
    This course is designed to assist (potential) officers in solving problems and situations encountered in today’s changing fire service.  The curriculum includes a review of fire department organization and administration, management theory, leadership, communication, motivation and group dynamics.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


     
     FFP-1810  Tactics and Strategy I          (Minimum of 10 students)
     
    Textbook – Fireground Strategies by Anthony Avillo  (2nd Edition)
    ISBN  978-1-59370-159-8

     Tactics and Strategy I and II 2nd Edition


    This course is designed to cover basic factors involved in coping with an emergency scene and determining the best use of available resources in protecting lives and property.  The course studies changes in emergency situations, and the ways in which the fire officer can evaluate the effectiveness of his or her proposed incident action plan.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


     
    FFP-2120  Building Construction          (Minimum of 10 students)
     
    Textbook – Building Construction Related to the FireServcie : ASIN B00E2812RY
    Building Concstruction Relate to the Fire Service 
    This course covers building construction topics including identification of hazards due to a structure’s assault by fire and gravity, how building construction can influence fire spread, fire confinement or structural collapse, and many other life safety issues.   Note – Bring a calculator to class capable of performing X² and square root functions.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


     
    FFP-2303  Fire Service Hydraulics Class          (10 minimum, 16 maximum)
     
    Textbook –  Fire Department Hydraulics 2nd Edition by Eugene F. Mahoney
    ISBN  13: 978-0-13-513070-4   or   10: 0-13-513070-0 

    Hydraulics and App Ops Textbook

    Students will need a ruler and a calculator capable of performing square and square root functions.
     
    This course is limited in size due to the amount of hands on application time.  Topics covered include – national, state and local driving laws; emergency vehicle driving; fire service hydraulics; fire ground pump operations including the use of pre-connected lines; tandem pumping; drafting; relaying pumping and master stream devices.  Note – Bring a calculator to class capable of performing X² and square root functions.
     
    Note – This class WILL NOT be offered online due to hands on application.


     
    FFP-2305  Apparatus Practices Class    (10 minimum, 16 maximum)
     
    Note - FFP 2303 Fire Service Hydraulics Class is a pre-requisite for this course.
     
    Textbook –  Fire Department Hydraulics 2nd Edition by Eugene F. Mahoney
    ISBN  13: 978-0-13-513070-4   or   10: 0-13-513070-0 

    Hydraulics and App Ops Textbook

    Students will need a ruler and a calculator capable of performing square and square root functions.


    This course is limited in size due to the amount of hands on application time.  The curriculum covers the laws, rules and driving techniques for emergency vehicles, as well as a review of fire service hydraulics. Fireground evolutions and a driving course make up the practical part of the course. The evolution portion of the course includes the use of pre-connected lines, tandem pumping, drafting, relays and master streams. The student should have a basic understanding of fire stream hydraulics prior to entering this course. Students must bring gloves and proper attire for water pumping exercises.
     
    Note – This class WILL NOT be offered online due to hands on application.
     
     
    FFP-2401  Hazardous Materials I       (Minimum of 10 students)
     
    Textbook – IAFF HazMat Modules (Provided online)

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    This course covers 40 hours of the IAFF 160 hour course to complete the state certification of Hazardous Materials Technician.  Note – of the four 40 hour courses, one does not have to pre-requisite another.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


     
    FFP-2402  Hazardous Materials II          (Minimum of 10 students)
     
    Textbook – IAFF HazMat Modules (Provided online)

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    This course covers 40 hours of the IAFF 160 hour course to complete the state certification of Hazardous Materials Technician.  Note – of the four 40 hour courses, one does not have to pre-requisite another.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


     
    FFP-2484C  Hazardous Materials Scene Management  (10 minimum, 33 maximum)
     
    Textbook – IAFF HazMat Modules (Provided in class)

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    This course covers 40 hours of the IAFF 160 hour course to complete the state certification of Hazardous Materials Technician and will focus on strategies and safe procedures for mitigating the danger at a hazardous materials incident.  Note – of the four 40 hour courses, one does not have to pre-requisite another.
     
    Note – This class WILL NOT be offered online due to hands on application.


    FFP-2490  Chemistry of Hazardous Materials    (10 minimum, 33 maximum)
     
    Textbook – Module 5 of the IAFF Hazardous Materials Technician Course which will be provided in class.

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    This course covers 40 hours of the IAFF 160 hour course to complete the state certification of Hazardous Materials Technician and focuses on the chemistry knowledge required to evaluate the potential hazards and behaviors of materials considered hazardous.  It examines the reasons for the chemical behavior of hazardous materials and is designed to improve decision making, safety operations and material handling.  Note – of the four 40 hour courses, one does not have to pre-requisite another.
     
    Note – This class will is available online when offered.


     
    FFP-2510  Codes and Standards         (Minimum of 10 students)
     
    Text – (No image available) Florida Fire Prevention Code 2004  (Starting January 2009, use the 2006 Edition) 
    (AVAILABLE FROM THE FLORIDA STATE FIRE COLLEGE BOOKSTORE WEBSITE http://www.fldfs.com/sfm/bfst/Campus/bookstor.htm)

    This course is designed to familiarize (potential) inspectors with the basic units of NFPA 101.  This course includes statewide fire prevention code NFPA 1. 
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


     
    FFP-2521 Construction Documents & Plans Review    (Minimum of 10 students)   
     
    Textbook – IFSTA - Plans Examiner for Fire and Emergency Services   1st Edition

     ISBN - 13: 978-0879392666   10: 0879392666 

     

    Plans Examiner for Fire and Emergency Services


     
    This curriculum is designed to have the student assimilate information contained in working drawings and specifications as they relate to the (potential) fire inspector.  Topics include the interpretation of conventional graphic communication, arithmetic and geometry.  Note – Bring a calculator to class capable of performing X² and square root functions.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


     
    FFP-2540  Private Fire Protection Systems I  (Minimum of 10 students)

    Textbook - Fire Protection Systems by A. Maurice Jones Jr.  

    Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; 1 edition (August 8, 2008)

    ISBN-10: 1401862624  ISBN-13: 978-1401862626

     

    Fire Protection Systems
     
    This class is also known as Extinguishing Systems I and is the study of private protection and detection systems such as sprinkler, standpipe, and chemical extinguishing systems.  Each system is discussed as to its construction, preventative maintenance, testing and individual uses.  Note – A calculator capable of performing X² and square root functions will be needed.   Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


     
    FFP-2604  Cause and Origin         (Minimum of 10 students) 

    Textbook – Kirks Fire Investigation by Kirk (FSFC)
    ISBN  10:0-13-508263-3   or   ISBN  13:978-0-13-508263-8
     

    Fire Investigation - 7th Edition
     
    This course is designed to enhance the (potential) fire investigators ability to detect and determine the origin and cause of the fire.  Specific topics include fire behavior review, investigation ethics, ignition sources, reading fire patterns, and scene reconstruction.  Special included topics will cover electrical fire investigations, woodland fires, vehicle fires, manufactured home fires, recreational vehicle fires, and scene documentation.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


     
    FFP-2740  Fire Service Course Delivery   (Minimum of 10 students)
     
    Textbook – Fire Service Instructor  by Jeffrey Lindsey
    ISBN  0-13-124557-0

    Course Delivery and Design Textbook


    This course draws from many recognized authorities in exploring the methods and mechanics of imparting information, with an emphasis on techniques and multi media materials for communication of ideas and strengthening the retention of skills obtained in the learning process.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.  


     
    FFP-2741  Fire Service Course Design     (Minimum of 10 students)
     
    Textbook – Fire Service Instructor  by Jeffrey Lindsey
    ISBN  0-13-124557-0

    Course Delivery and Design Textbook
     
    This course draws on the principles of effective curriculum design.  It stresses on the principles of adult learning and student centered learning. Designing courses and units that address learning processes and behavioral objectives are the programs goal.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.  


     
    FFP-2811  Tactics and Strategy II          (Minimum of 10 students)
     
    Textbook – Fireground Strategies by Anthony Avillo  (2nd Edition)
    ISBN   978-1-59370-159-8

    Tactics and Strategy I and II 2nd Edition

     
    This course covers multiple company operations, logistics, strategy, use of mutual aid and conflagration control.  The course is intended for officers who may be in command of fires and other emergencies involving close coordination and maximum use of large staffing and equipment.  Typical situations and case studies are given.  The course helps develop critical thinking skills.
     
    Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.