FIRE 120 : Fire Protection Systems

Transcript title

Fire Protection Systems



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

FIRE 101 and FIRE 102.


Introduces features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. Apply concepts in field exercises. This course is a FESHE core requirement and is equivalent to NFA C0288.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and describe various types and uses of fire protections systems.
2. Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system as it relates to fire protection.

Content outline

I. Introduction to Fire Protection Systems
a. The Role Fire Protection Systems Play in Protection the Life, Safety and Welfare of the General Public and Firefighters
b. Overview of the Different Types of Fire Protection Systems
c. The Role of Codes Standards in Fire Protection System Design
II. Water Supply Systems for Fire Protection Systems
a. Sources of Fire Protection Water Supply
b. Distribution Networks
c. Piping
d. Hydrants
e. Utility Company Interface with the Fire Department
III. Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems
a. Properties of Water
i. Water as an Effective Extinguishing Agent
ii. How Water Extinguishes Fire
b. Sprinklers Systems
i. Types of Systems Applications
ii. Types of Sprinklers Applications
iii. Piping, Valves, Hangers, Alarm Devices
iv. Fire Department Operations in Building with Sprinkler Systems
c. Residential Sprinkler Systems
d. Standpipe Systems
i. Types of Applications
ii. Fire Department Operations in Buildings with Standpipes
e. Foam Systems
f. Water Mist Systems
g. Fire Pumps
i. Types
ii. Components
iii. Operation
iv. Fire Pump Curves
IV. Non-Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems
a. Carbon Dioxide Systems
i. Applications
ii. Extinguishing Properties
iii. System Components
b. Halogenated Systems
i. Halon 1301 and the Environment
ii. Halon Alternatives
iii. Extinguishing Properties System Components
c. Dry/Wet Chemical Extinguishing Properties
i. Extinguishing Properties
ii. Applications
iii. UL 300
V. Fire Alarm Systems
a. Components
b. Types of Fire Alarm Systems
c. Detectors
i. Smoke
ii. Heat
iii. Flame
d. Audible/Visual Devices
e. Alarm Monitoring
f. Testing Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems
VI. Smoke Management Systems
a. Hazards of Smoke
b. Smoke Movement in Buildings
c. Types of Smoke Management Systems
d. Firefighter Operations in Buildings with Smoke Management Systems
VII. Portable Fire Extinguishers
a. Types Applications
b. Selection
c. Placement
d. Maintenance
e. Portable Fire Extinguisher Operations

Required materials

This course requires students to purchase a textbook.

Grading methods

Students are assessed by exercises, quizzes, projects and exams.

Outside of

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