FIRE 110 : Building Construction for Fire Personnel

Transcript title

Bldg Const. for Fire Personnel



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Prerequisites with concurrency

FIRE 114.

Recommended preparation

FIRE 112.


Introduces the relationship of building construction to firefighter and life safety. Explores the elements of construction and design of structures, key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. This course is a FESHE core requirement and is equivalent to NFA C0275.

Learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes are those of the National Fire Academy (NFA).

1. Identify various classifications of building construction.
2. Explain theoretical concepts of how fire impacts major types of building construction.
3. Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy, and tactics.

Content outline

I. Introduction
a. History of Building Construction
b. Government Functions, Building and Fire Codes
c. Fire Risks and Fire Protection
d. Fire Loss Management and Life Safety
e. Pre-fire Planning and Fire Suppression Strategies
II. Principles of Construction
a. Terminology and Definitions
b. Building and Occupancy Classifications
c. Characteristics of Building Materials
d. Types of Characteristics of Fire Loads
e. Effects of Energy Conservation
III. Building Construction
a. Structural Members
i. Definitions, Descriptions and Carrying Capacities
ii. Effects of Loads
b. Structural Design and Construction Methods
c. System Failures
IV. Principles of Fire Resistance
a. Standards of Construction
b. Fire Intensity and Duration
c. Theory versus Reality
V. Fire Behavior versus Building Construction
a. Flame Spread
b. Smoke and Fire Containment
i. Construction and Suppression Systems
ii. HVAC Systems
iii. Rack Storage
iv. Combustible
VI. Wood Construction
a. Definition and Elements of Construction
b. Types of Construction
c. Fire Stopping and Fire Retardants
d. Modification/Code Compliance
VII. Ordinary Construction
a. Definitions and Elements of Construction
b. Structural Stability and Fire Barriers
c. Modifications/Code Compliance
VIII. Collapse
IX. Ventilation
X. Non-Combustible
XI. Steel Construction
a. Definitions and Elements of Construction
b. Structual Stability, Fire Resistance and Fire Protection of Elements
c. Modification/Code Compliance
XII. Concrete Construction
a. Definitions and Elements of Construction
b. Structural Stability and Fire Resistance
c. Modification/Code Compliance
XIII. High Rise Construction
a. Early versus Modern Construction
b. Vertical and Horizontal Extension of Fire and Smoke
c. Fire Protection and Suppression
d. Elevators
e. Atriums/Lobbies
f. Modifications/Code Compliance
XIV. Collapse
XV. Ventilation

Required materials

This course will require purchase of a textbook.

Grading methods

Students are assessed using exercises, quizzes, case studies and scenarios, final exam.

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