Course Descriptions 

Special note to students who are not working firefighters or have no fire service experience. 
Students who are not working firefighters or have no fire service experience are welcome to take our courses however they may experience difficulties in the comprehension of some of the curriculum.  If this describes you, please contact our office by phone or email so we can advise you appropriately.  

All courses are 40 Contact Hours and 3 College Credits.  Class size limits can vary and are indicated below.

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.  


FFP-1000  Introduction to Fire Science     (Minimum of 10 students)
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 students who are new to the program or students interested in a Fire Science course but who are not already working as a firefighter. 
Note – This class is available as an online course when offered.


FFP-1304  Aerial Ladder Class          (Minimum of 10 students, 16 maximum)
This course is limited in size due to the amount of hand- 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)
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)  
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)  
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) 
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)  
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)
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)
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)    
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) 
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)  
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)  
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)
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)
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.