Structural Fire Science (SFS)

SFS 101 Introduction to Emergency Services (4 Credits)

Provides an overview to fire protection and EMS; career opportunities, related fields, philosophy and history, organization and function of public and private agencies, nomenclature, functions. In addition, provides new students a broad overview of college and life success strategies as related to this field.

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SFS 102 Fire Service Safety and Survival (3 Credits)

This course broadens the scope of the national firefighter life-safety initiatives and emphasizes their importance to firefighters and on up the ranks through management levels. It is designed to create a positive attitude towards firefighter safety; to have the student recognize how serious the firefighter injury and death problem is; to recognize their responsibility for reducing future injuries and deaths; to provide information for improving safety considerations; to demonstrate that most firefighter injuries and deaths are preventable.

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SFS 105 Fire Behavior & Combustion I (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: department approval.

Prerequisites with concurrency: GS105 or CH104 or higher.

Explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled.

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SFS 110 Building Construction for Fire Personnel (3 Credits)

Recommended preparation: SFS 101, SFS 102.

Studies building construction with emphasis on how buildings fail when subjected to fire. Case studies used to illustrate points. Studies of roof and wall construction enable the student to predict failure points and adapt fire fighting strategies accordingly. Buildings under construction and those subjected to external forces will also be studied. Field trips take students into the community to study various construction techniques.

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SFS 112 Public Education and Fire Prevention (3 Credits)

Studies fundamentals of public relations pertaining to fire service including emergency operations, general public appearances, writing news releases, articles and speeches and general media contact. Students work in developing an effective public education campaign for delivery. Audience type and message content is carefully analyzed. Recommended to be taken with WR 121, SFS 101 and SFS 102.

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SFS 120 Fixed Systems and Extinguishers (3 Credits)

Recommended preparation: SFS 101 and SFS 102.

Studies portable and fixed extinguisher equipment, fire alarm and detection systems, sprinkler systems and standpipes, and special hazard protection systems. Covers extinguishing agents, system design and maintenance procedures. Field exercises expose students to systems discussed in class.

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SFS 121 Fire Law (1 Credit)

Recommended preparation: SFS 101, SFS 102.

Introduces the modern legal system with emphasis on cases related to fire service. Case law is studied to understand underlying concepts. Reviews case law affecting modern fire service agencies. Explores laws relating to medical treatment of patients, fire protection, codes, emergency response and department activities on the fire ground.

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SFS 122 Fire Department Budget (1 Credit)

Outlines the budget process as required by Oregon laws to include types of budgets, the process of preparing the budget and classifying expenditures.

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SFS 123 HazMat Awareness & Operations (3 Credits)

Designed to prepare individuals to safely respond to hazardous materials emergencies. Individuals will learn to analyze an incident; detect the presence of hazardous materials; survey the scene; collect hazard information from the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook; implement actions consistent with standard operating procedures; initiate protective actions and initiate the notification process. Students complete all training and education requirements for Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations level certification, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 472 and State certification requirements per Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

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SFS 133 Fire Entry Exams (3 Credits)

Introduces and prepares student for employment testing in a structural fire agency; beneficial for both initial employment testing and promotional examinations within their agency. Exposure to testing in a variety of methods currently in use in the fire service hiring processes, offers strategies for improving test performance as well as job search skills.

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SFS 188 Special Studies: Structural Fire Science (1-4 Credits)

Explores topics of current interest in the discipline.

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SFS 199 Selected Topics: SFS (1-4 Credits)

This course is in development.

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SFS 205 Fire Behavior and Combustion II (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: SFS 105 and department approval based on Firefighter I Academy.

Builds on the foundational knowledge and skills objectives developed in SFS 105, Fire Behavior & Combustion I and Firefighter I academy. Due to safety and OSHA requirements, students must be affiliated with a fire department and have passed the SCBA Fit test within the previous year. Designed for second year students to be taken the year of graduation. Requires three full days in the field with live fire.

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SFS 210 Fire Investigation (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: SFS 101; SFS 102; SFS 105; SFS 110; and SFS 112.

Prerequisites with concurrency: SFS 120.

Provides basic information in fire cause determination. Studies arson detection, protection of point of origin, fire indicators, motives and vehicle fire investigation. Field trips and classroom props aid the student in understanding the science of fire investigation.

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SFS 212 Fire Codes and Ordinances (3 Credits)

Recommended preparation: SFS 101, SFS 102.

Introduces the International Fire and Building Code (IFC) and laws promulgated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal relating to fire safety and prevention. Includes overview of administrative provisions and many of the applicable standards in the codes. Students apply the codes to specific situations to illustrate understanding and application of the codes and related laws. Students also identify applicable sections of the codes in response to scenarios presented in the classroom or in the field.

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SFS 230 Rescue Practices (3 Credits)

Recommended preparation: SFS 101 and SFS 102.

Explores techniques and applications of specialized rescue practices in modern fire service. Focuses on vehicle rescue, steep-angle rescue and swift-water rescue with basic overviews of ice rescue, electrical rescue and trench rescue techniques. Using modern tools and techniques, students apply classroom learning in several comprehensive and dynamic field exercises. Emergency Medical Technician - Basic training allows students to integrate fire and EMS activities at an emergency rescue scene.

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SFS 232 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply (4 Credits)

Prerequisites: department approval.

Recommended preparation: MTH 065 or higher, GS 104, GS 105, SFS 105, and access to engines or affiliation are highly recommended for students' success in the class.

This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in conjunction with hands on labs in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems.

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SFS 263 Human Behavior in Fire (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: SFS 101; SFS 102; SFS 110; SFS 112; SFS 120; MTH 060 or higher or minimum placement into MTH 065.

Provides fundamental information on human behavior as it relates to fire and mass casualties. Understanding human behavior is important as it relates to building design, evacuation and fire department operations. It is especially important where populations are large or include the disabled or persons having limited mobility.

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SFS 275 Capstone: Tactics & Strategies (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: SFS 101; SFS 102; SFS 110; SFS 105; and SFS 120.

Prerequisites with concurrency: SFS 232.

Provides a capstone experience to the Structural Fire AAS program with an in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through the utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground. Taken in the final term prior to program completion.

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SFS 280 Co-op Work Experience Structural Fire Science (1-4 Credits)

Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

Provides experience in which students apply previous classroom learning in an occupational setting. Credits depend on the number of hours worked. P/NP grading.

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SFS 288 Special Studies: Structural Fire (1-4 Credits)

Explores topics of current interest in the discipline.

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SFS 298 Independent Study: Structural Fire Science (1-4 Credits)

Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

Recommended preparation: prior coursework in the discipline.

Individualized, advanced study to focus on outcomes not addressed in existing courses or of special interest to a student. P/NP grading.

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SFS 299 Selected Topics: Structural Fire Science (1-4 Credits)

This course is in development.

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