FRTA 1091 - Firefighter I Credits: 5
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: Firefighter I is an introduction to fire science. It is intended to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to take the Minnesota Firefighter I certification test and function in an entry level position on a fire department or service. The course will emphasize Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) use and care, forcible entry, search and rescue in a structure, ladder use and care, fire hose and appliance use and care, fire streams, ventilation, fire prevention and public education, fire extinguishers, salvage and overhaul, fire control, safety, ropes and knots, and communications.
Prerequisite(s): Medical clearance by a physician verifying that the student is fit to perform the sometimes physically demanding tasks of firefighter training and is approved for respirator use. Restriction: This course is limited to individuals affiliated with fire services that are able to procure fire gear to use in training. This includes complete turnout gear, helmet, and self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with a mask.
- Building Construction
- Building Search and Victim Removal
- Classes A, C, D, Vehicle, and Wildland Fire Control
- Coupling, Rolling, and Loading Hose
- Fire Behavior
- Fire Department Communication, Equipment, and Techniques
- Fire Prevention and Public Fire Education
- Forcible Entry Construction and Techniques
- Forcible Entry Tools
- Ground Ladders
- Laying, Carrying, and Advancing Hose
- Orientation to the Fire Service
- Portable Extinguishers
- Protective Clothing
- Ropes and Knots
- Salvage, Overhaul, and Protecting Evidence of Fire Cause
- Self-Contained Breather Apparatus (SCBA)
- Sprinkler System Fundamentals
- Water Fire Streams
- Water Supply
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Identify fire equipment including SCBA, ladders, hoses, appliances, and tools.
- Educate the public on fire safety and prevention.
- Demonstrate putting out a small fire using a fire extinguisher.
- Explain how fire behaves and the dangers involved.
- Maintain and care for fire equipment including SCBA, ladders, hoses, appliances, and tools.
- Employ fire equipment including SCBA, ladders, hoses, appliances, and tools in fighting fires.
- Implement safety procedures and precautions on the fire ground.
- Ventilate a structure.
- Forcibly enter a structure.
- Tie knots to secure equipment, objects, or people.
- Select a fire stream based on the desired effect to combat a fire.
- Explain sprinkler system operation.
- Demonstrate techniques for class A, C, D, vehicle, and wildland fire control.
- Perform salvage and overhaul techniques to preserve property, minimize further damage, and prevent rekindling.
- Search for a victim on the fire ground.
- Don and doff protective fire clothing and gear.
- Identify the various types of fire extinguishers.
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