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FRTA 2011 - Building Construction for the Fire Service

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 2
Course Description: This course is designed to provide emergency responders with an understanding of building construction. Topics include various types of construction, hazards associate with each type, and the impact of live and dead loads while a building is involved with fire. The course will also explore risk associated with performing fire suppression activities inside and around buildings involved with the fire.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): FRTA 1091 , FRTA 1092 
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Five types of construction
  2. Identify safety considerations for firefighters in the five different types of construction.
  3. Structural elements and assemblies
  4. Fire Behavior
  5. Fire stopping
  6. Draft stopping
  7. Noncombustible and fire-resistive combustion
  8. Hazards and risk associated with the types of construction
  9. Identify predicted fire travel relating to construction types

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply risk analysis to building safety.
  2. classify major type of building construction.
  3. describe building construction principles.
  4. detect structural elements.
  5. determine predicted fire behavior.
  6. diagnose structural assemblies.
  7. diagnose structural elements.
  8. differentiate between fire stopping and draft stopping.
  9. explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on buildings and their interrelationships.
  10. identify characteristic of building materials.
  11. discover the differences between noncombustible and fire-resistive construction.

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