SFS 105 : Fire Behavior & Combustion I

Transcript title

Fire Behavior Combustion I



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours



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.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify physical properties of the three states of matter.
2. Categorize the components of fire
3. Recall the physical and chemical properties of fire.
4. Describe and apply the process of burning.
5. Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire.
6. Describe the dynamics of fire
7. Discuss various materials and their relationship to fires as fuel.
8. Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of water as a fire suppression agent.
9. Articulate other suppression agents and strategies.
10. Compare other methods and techniques of fire extinguishments.

Content outline

I. Introduction
a. Matter and Energy
b. The Atom and its Parts
c. Chemical Symbols
d. Molecules
e. Energy and Work
f. Forms of Energy
g. Transformation of Energy
h. Laws of Energy
II. Units of Measurement
a. International (SI) Systems of Measurement
b. English Units of Measurement
III. Chemical Reactions
a. Physical States of Matter
b. Compounds and Mixtures
c. Solutions and Solvents
d. Process of Reactions
IV. Fire and the Physical World
a. Characteristics of Fire
b. Characteristics of Solids
c. Characteristics of Liquids
d. Characteristics of Gases
V. Heat and its Effects
a. Production and Measurement of Heat
b. Different Kinds of Heat
VI. Properties of Solid Materials
a. Common Combustible Solids
b. Plastic and Polymers
c. Combustible Metals
d. Combustible Dust
VII. Common Flammable Liquids and Gases
a. General Properties of Gases
b. The Gas Laws
c. Classification of Gases
d. Compressed Gases
VIII. Fire Behavior
a. Stages of Fire
b. Fire Phenomena
i. Flashover
ii. Backdraft
iii. Rollover
iv. Flame over
c. Fire Plumes
IX. Fire Extinguishment
a. The Combustion Process
b. The Character of Flame
c. Fire Extinguishment
X. Extinguishing Agents
a. Water
b. Foams and Wetting Agents
c. Inert Gas Extinguishing Agents
d. Halogenated Extinguishing Agents
e. Dry Chemical Extinguishing Agents
f. Dry Powder Extinguishing Agents
XI. Hazards by Classification Types
a. Hazards of Explosives
b. Hazards of Compressed and Liquefied gases
c. Hazards of Flammable and Combustible Liquids
d. Hazards of Flammable Solids
e. Hazards of Oxidizing Agents
f. Hazards of Poisons
g. Hazards of Radioactive Substances
h. Hazards of Corrosives

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