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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog
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FRTA 1091 - Firefighter I

Credits: 5
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 4
Course Description: Firefighter I is an introduction to fire science, emphasizing the skills and knowledge necessary to take the Minnesota Firefighter I certification test and to function in an entry-level position on a fire service or fire department. Topics include 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.


NOTE: This course requires medical clearance by a physician verifying that student is fit to perform the sometimes physically demanding tasks of firefighter training and is approved for respirator use through successful completion of a FIT test (with appropriate SCBA mask). This course is limited to students who have obtained OSHA-approved fire gear to use in training. This includes complete turnout gear, helmet, and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with a mask. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.


MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): FRTA 1095  
Recommendation: None

Major Content

  1. Building Construction
  2. Building Search and Victim Removal
  3. Classes A, C, D, Vehicle, and Wildland Fire Control
  4. Coupling, Rolling, and Loading Hose
  5. Fire Behavior
  6. Fire Department Communication, Equipment, and Techniques
  7. Fire Prevention and Public Fire Education
  8. Forcible Entry Construction and Techniques
  9. Forcible Entry Tools
  10. Ground Ladders
  11. Laying, Carrying, and Advancing Hose
  12. Orientation to the Fire Service
  13. Portable Extinguishers
  14. Protective Clothing
  15. Ropes and Knots
  16. Safety
  17. Salvage, Overhaul, and Protecting Evidence of Fire Cause
  18. Self-Contained Breather Apparatus (SCBA)
  19. Sprinkler System Fundamentals
  20. Ventilation
  21. Water Fire Streams
  22. Water Supply
  23. Risks of Firefighting including Cancer, Cardiac Disease, and Psychological Trauma

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

  1. identify fire equipment including SCBA, ladders, hoses, appliances, and tools.
  2. educate the public on fire safety and prevention.
  3. demonstrate putting out a small fire using a fire extinguisher.
  4. explain how fire behaves and the dangers involved.
  5. maintain and care for fire equipment including SCBA, ladders, hoses, appliances, and tools.
  6. employ fire equipment including SCBA, ladders, hoses, appliances, and tools in fighting fires.
  7. implement safety procedures and precautions on the fire ground.
  8. ventilate a structure.
  9. forcibly enter a structure.
  10. tie knots to secure equipment, objects, or people.
  11. select a fire stream based on the desired effect to combat a fire.
  12. explain sprinkler system operation.
  13. demonstrate techniques for class A, C, D, vehicle, and wildland fire control.
  14. perform salvage and overhaul techniques to preserve property, minimize further damage, and prevent rekindling.
  15. search for a victim on the fire ground.
  16. don and doff protective fire clothing and gear.
  17. identify the various types of fire extinguishers.
  18. explain the risks of firefighting including awareness of cancer, cardiac disease, and psychological trauma.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC): Goals and Competencies
Competency Goals (MnTC Goals 1-6)
Theme Goals (MnTC Goals 7-10)

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