FSC 2010: Principles of Fire and Emergency Services


This course provides an overview of fire protection and emergency services: career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; and life safety initiatives.


  1. Illustrate the history and culture of the fire service.
  2. Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical chain reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
  3. Differentiate between fire service training and education.
  4. Explain the value of higher education to professionalization of the fire service.
  5. Describe the major organizations that provide emergency response service.
  6. Identify fire protection and emergency-service careers in both the public and private sector.
  7. Define the role of national, state, and local support organizations in fire and emergency services.
  8. Discuss the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services.
  9. Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus.
  10. Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.
  11. Identify the primary responsibilities of fire prevention personnel, including code enforcement, public information, and public and private protection systems.
  12. Recognize the components of career preparation and goal setting.
  13. Describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services.




Fundamentals of fire and emergency services (Rev: 2nd ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2014)
Author: Loyd, J. B., & Richardson, J. D.
ISBN: 978-0-13-341923-8
Price: $75.21

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