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This course provides information relating to the 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.


  1. Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures.
  2. Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system, including sources, distribution networks, piping, and hydrants.
  3. Explain why water is a widely used extinguishing agent and describe how water extinguishes fires.
  4. Identify the different types and components of sprinkler, standpipe, and foam systems.
  5. Define the benefits of residential sprinkler legislation.
  6. Identify five different types of non-water based fire suppression systems and describe how these systems extinguish fire.
  7. Describe the basic components of a fire alarm system.
  8. Identify three different types of detectors and explain how they detect fire.
  9. Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building.
  10. Recognize the appropriate application of the different types of sprinklers.
  11. Explain the operation and appropriate application for the different types of portable fire extinguishing systems.
  12. Identify and analyze the causes involved in the line of duty firefighter deaths related to structural and wildland firefighting, training, and research and the reduction of emergency risks and accidents.





* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact Student Services at students@waldorf.edu