FFP: Fire Fighting & Protection
FFP 0010. FIREFIGHTING I.
Co-requisite: FFP 0020
This course of study is the first of two parts, which prepares the student with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to safely and dependably perform fire-rescue duties as a firefighter. This course is co-requisite with FFP 0020 for those desiring to become state certified firefighters.
FFP 0020. FIREFIGHTING II.
Co-requisite: FFP 0010
This co-requisite course with FFP 0010 is the second of the two-part series, which prepares the student for participating in the state certification examinations administered by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for obtaining a state of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance. Students must have successfully completed all aspects of FFP 0010 in order to participate in this course.
FFP 0360. FIRE APPARATUR OPERATOR.
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.
FFP 0363. EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR.
This course teaches the emergency vehicle operator proper driving techniques, the mental and physical aspects of the driving task, to identify physical forces, legal aspects, vehicle inspection, safe driving techniques, and the long-term impact of an accident on the operator, the emergency service organization, and the community when an emergency vehicle is involved in an accident.
FFP 1000. INTRODUCTION TO FIRE SCIENCE.
A study of the philosophical and historical backgrounds of fire protection services including the organization and function of federal, state, county and private fire protection agencies, a review of municipal fire defenses, fire prevention principles, techniques of fire control, codes and ordinances, the problems for the fire administrator, and an overview of professional fire protection career opportunities.
FFP 1040. INDUSTRIAL FIRE FIGHTING.
This course includes based firefighting principles, theory, and application. The course will meet the job performance requirements of NFPA 1001- Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, and/or is the equivalent to the minimum standards for Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II.
FFP 1109. FIRE DEPARTMENT OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH.
A study of the guidelines for establishing an occupational safety and health program for a fire department, plus safety procedures for members involved in rescue, fire suppression, and related activities. Emphasis I placed on performance objectives, and not a single correct way to achieve compliance. The guidelines discussed in the course are flexible, so students can customize an occupation safety and health program that will meet their specific needs.
FFP 1111. FIRE CHEMISTRY.
A study of basic physical and chemical properties of materials applicable to the chemistry of fire. Emphasis is on emergency situations and the most favorable methods of handling incidents involving hazardous material.
FFP 1505. FIRE PREVENTION.
A study of the principles of fire prevention and investigation. It includes a study of fire hazards in various occupancies; a review of fire prevention codes; a study of procedures and techniques of fire prevention inspection, public relations, methods of determining the area of fire origin, fire cause, fire spread and location and preservation of evidence.
FFP 1540. PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I.
This course is a survey of fire protection systems and domestic water supply. The operational feature and functional characteristics of fire detection and suppression systems and devices will be studied.
FFP 1612. FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION.
This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled, including the chemical and physical properties of flammable materials and fire, the combustion process, and the latest in suppression and extinguishment.
FFP 1793. FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATOR.
This course is designed to provide the public educator with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully perform as a fire and life safety educator. It also meets selected sections of NFPA 1035: Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator. Key areas include strategies for public fire and life safety education, community fire and injury prevention programs, resources, and development/implementation.
FFP 1824. BASIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
This is a course of study of the principles and features of an Incident Command System (ICS), how an incident command system is organized, incident facilities and their purposes (such as but not limited to command post, staging area, bases, camps, and heliports-helispots), incident resources such as strike teams, task forces and single resources; and common responsibilities such as communications and forms in incident management.
FFP 1825. INTERMEDIATE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
Prerequisite: FFP 1824.
This is a continuation of the study of the Incident Command System (ICS), constructing an incident management organization for a given incident or event, including appropriate procedures for establishing command, transferring command, and terminating an incident, demonstrating knowledge of efficient incident resource management including logistics, finance, administration, and record-keeping, demonstrating a a familiarity with air operations, and demonstrating knowledge of incident planning processes.
FFP 1832. EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO TERRORISM; BASIC CONCEPTS.
This course of study is designed primarily for fire-rescue and EMS personnel, although other emergency responders can benefit from the course. A background in hazardous materials is helpful but not required. The course covers the history and categories of terrorism and terrorist organizations in the United States and abroad, self-protection measures to be taken at explosive and nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) incidents, crime scene and perimeter control procedures, defensive tactical operations, and building an Incident Command organization for terrorism responses.
FFP 2120. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE.
The course examines the various types and methods of building construction and their influence on fire travel and life safety. Fire resistance of building materials and problems inherent in new construction as well as existing buildings are examined closely.
FFP 2510. FIRE CODES AND STANDARDS.
This course is a study of building and life safety codes in relation to types of occupancies, building design, fire resistance of building materials, fire problems inherent in structures and life safety considerations. A problem solving emphasis is used to provide opportunities for application of building and life safety code enforcement methods to prevent and correct building design problems.
FFP 2521. BLUEPRINT READING AND PLANS REVIEW.
Prerequisites: Minimum Grade of C in FFP 2510
A comprehensive study of building construction blueprints and plans. The course will teach the student how to assimilate information contained in construction working drawings, specifications, interpreting conventional graphic communications, and accepted standards and conventions related to fire protection and prevention inspections.
FFP 2541. PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS II.
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in FFP 1540
A study of pre-engineered and portable systems, extinguishing agents, inspection procedures for code compliance and enforcement, and alarm systems.
FFP 2610C. FIRE CAUSE AND ORIGIN DETERMINATION.
A study of an arson investigator’s responsibility in determining the point of origin, cause and development of a fire; motives of fire setters; methods used to determine the accidental or intentional nature of a fire; correct procedures of investigation, evaluation of evidence and prosecution. (Special Fee: $50.00).
FFP 2706. FIRE SERVICE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER.
The student will be prepared to serve effectively as an organizational spokesperson, according to the current practices in the profession of public relations in relationship to the Fire Service. Particular emphasis will be placed on case studies in crisis communications and the role of the Public Information Officer (PIO) in the Incident Management System (IMS).
FFP 2720. COMPANY OFFICER.
A study of the basic concepts of fire company leadership, including the human skills, leadership tools, problem solving, and goal achievement of a company officer. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the officer in the setting of the fire company.
FFP 2740. FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY.
A study of the instructor’s responsibility for communication, learning and teaching concepts, job analysis, teaching objectives and instructional aids use. This course is required to become eligible to sit for the Florida State Fire Officer certification exam.
FFP 2741. FIRE SERVICE COURSE DESIGN.
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in FFP 2740
A study of how to develop courses based on nationally applicable performance standards for uniformed fire service personnel and to provide the knowledge, skill, and ability to develop a training curriculum.
FFP 2770. ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES FOR THE FIRE SCIENCE.
An introduction to the federal, state, and local laws that regulate emergency services, national standards influencing emergency services, standard of care, tot, liability, and a review of relevant court cases.
FFP 2780. FIRE ADMINISTRATION.
An in-depth review of the principles of organization and administration in fire protection service; the structure and function of the department, battalion and company as components of municipal organization; duties and responsibilities of the fire officer; a study of fire personnel management, training, budgeting, records, reports and other relations.
FFP 2810. FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY I.
This course is a study of the basic concepts involved in fire fighting, including the behavior, fire fighting fundamentals and principles of extinguishment; the proper role for a utilization of various fire companies and pre-planning fire problems. (Special Fee: $30.00).
FFP 2811. FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS & STRATEGY II.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in FFP 2810
This course is a study of the principles utilized on the fire ground for maximum manpower and equipment utilization; fire ground administration starting with a small fire on up through major conflagrations. Emphasis will be on developing thinking skills in relation to crises. (Special Fee: $30.00).
FFP 2941. INTERNSHIP: EXPLORATION FIRE SCIENCE.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of required college- preparatory course; completion of 12 Valencia college-level credit hours and departmental approval. This course is a planned work-based experience that provides students with supervised career exploration activities and/or practical experiences through a supervised practical experiences related to their career objectives. May be repeated for credit, but grade forgiveness cannot be applied. (Internship Fee: $65.00).
FFP 2942. INTERNSHIP IN FIRE SCIENCE.
This course assists students with gaining knowledge and utilizing course activities concerning practical applications related to firefighting duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Through course assessments and activities, students will gain knowledge, experience, and information about fire equipment and apparatus, fire department organization and structure, and fire protection duties and responsibilities. Students will visit various fire department sites to gather information and interview personnel relating to jobs and vocations in the fire service. Students will be required to submit documentation addressing the course outcomes. (Internship Fee: $65.00).