Fire Protection Technology Course Descriptions


FPT 101 Introduction to Fire Protection Technology
A basic survey course of the entire medium of fire protection, fire prevention and fire extinguishment. The application of scientific principles to the studies of fire protection technology and development of career positions in the discipline for the individual are important goals in this course. Fall semester only. Three class hours.

FPT 102 Fire Prevention and Inspection
The fundamental requirements of fire prevention. This course emphasizes the laws applied to fire prevention, including federal fire safety requirements for industry and commerce, solving technical problems encountered, recognition of hazards, prevention of fires and inspection techniques. Special attention is applied to life safety from fire in the home, school, public assembly, and all other places where people are assembled and endangered by fire. Fall semester only. Three class hours.

FPT 103 Building Materials and Construction
Fundamentals of building construction methods and materials of construction. The approach is to study the stability of buildings and materials under fire conditions. The emphasis is upon safety under fire conditions and the technology of limiting fire spread in new and existing buildings. Three class hours.

FPT 104 Fire Suppression Technology
A course illustrating the physical and chemical aspects of fire suppression technology. The student will pursue a detailed study of the chemistry of fire, along with modern methods of fire suppression, tactical decisions and post fire analysis. Spring semester only. Three class hours.

FPT 107 Introduction to the New York State Building Code
A course to acquaint the student with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Construction Code and supporting reference standards. Students will be presented an overview of the code and will be able to confidently research design and modification issues pertaining to new construction, new use, remodeling, renovations, alterations, and repairs to buildings using the current New York State Building Construction Code. Three class hours.

FPT 111 Firefighter I
This course gives the firefighter the basic skills and education to work safely and effectively as a member of a fire fighting team. Topics include fire behavior, safety practices, use of self-contained breathing apparatus, personal protective equipment, use of fire-fighting appliances, hazardous materials first response at the operations level, and working as part of a fire-fighting team. Five class hours.

FPT 112 Intermediate Firefighter
This course is a continuation of FPT 111. Students expand their skills and education to be able to manage fire evolutions. Students will also gain the knowledge to become interior firefighters. Topics include building construction, SCBA, rescue procedures, water supply and fire control. Students completing this course will have met the education requirements for NFPA 1001 Firefighter I. Forty-two class hours.

FPT 113 Firefighter II
This 30 hours of advanced fire fighting is specifically designed to provide structural firefighters with the higher level of skills and knowledge required to handle fires in commercial, residential and institutional properties. Both hands-on use of fire training simulators and classroom presentations will be provided to the students. The classroom presentation will familiarize students with building construction, fire service hydraulics, chemistry of fire, foam systems, fire detection, and tactical considerations in suppression. The hands-on application will consist of conducting advanced rescue techniques, room and content fire suppression in commercial and residential environments, application of fire fighting foams, and sprinkler systems application. Students will also be presented with flashover simulations and re-ignition of fires.

FPT 115 Fire Service Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response I
This course prepares fire service personnel to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials. This is a survey course with a broad overview to responding to hazardous materials incidents. Topics include scene and personal safety, basic chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials, hazard recognition, scene management, and the basics of decontamination. Students successfully completing FPT 115 and FPT 116 meet the requirements of PST 145. Twenty-one instructional hours.

FPT 116 Fire Service Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response II
This course is a continuation of FPT 115. It covers more advanced topics in toxicological, chemical, and physical principles related to hazardous materials, hazard recognition, scene management, personal protective equipment, and decontamination. It also provides an introduction to diking and diversion of spills. It is the second of two modules of PST 145. Students successfully completing FPT 115 and FPT 116 meet the requirements of PST 146. Twenty-one instructional hours.

FPT 117 Rescue Strategy and Tactics
This course presents the strategies and tactics most commonly encountered by fire rescue professionals. Topics include mental and emotional crises of rescue, rescue tools and equipment, special rescue situations, and rescue operations management. Forty class hours, thirty laboratory hours.

FPT 120 International and Domestic Terrorism
A course designed to acquaint the student with the major issues in the growing threat of global terrorism. The student will be presented an overview of the history and development of terrorism, types of terrorism, terrorist groups, psychology of terrorism, structure and dynamics of terrorist groups, terrorists techniques, financing of terrorism, the media and terrorism, legal issues, and terrorism of the future. Three class hours.

FPT 130 Basic ARFF Class
This Basic Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) class is specifically designed to provide new airport firefighters with the basic skills and knowledge required to handle aircraft crashes and conduct fire suppression operations as they relate to rescue and fire extinguishment. Both hands-on use of the aircraft fire training simulators and classroom presentations will be provided to the students. The classroom presentation will provide familiarization of chemistry of fire, fire extinguishing agents, the Incident Management System (IMS), airport familiarization, aircraft types and familiarization, hazardous materials and cargo handling, and pre-incident planning/post incident operations. The skills application session will consist of conducting advanced rescue techniques, fire suppression operations in an aviation environment, application of firefighting foams on flammable liquids, and specialized apparatus and equipment operations. Forty class hours.

FPT 135 Aircraft Fuel Spill Fire Fighting
This course provides firefighters with the knowledge and skills to extinguish aircraft fuel spill fires, utilizing both classroom and live-fire extinguishment simulation. This course exceeds FAR 139 annual requirements for live fire training. Must have firefighter certification. Eight class hours.

FPT 136 Specialized Aircraft Fire Fighting
This course provides firefighters with the knowledge and skills to extinguish specialized aircraft fires, including fires in the cockpit, cabin, lavatory, engine, and brakes. This course utilizes both classroom and live fire extinguishment simulation. This course exceeds FAR 139 annual requirements for live fire training. Eight class hours.

FPT 141 Firefighter Core Competencies Update and Refresher I
This course is part of a four-course sequence which provides a systematic course of study to assist firefighters to maintain their proficiency in core competencies and knowledge. It also provides a means to integrate technological advances in the various disciplines involved in firefighting with the student's existing knowledge and skills. Completion of the four-course sequence meets requirements for annual firefighter in-service training mandated by 19 NYCRR Part 426.7.

FPT 142 Firefighter Core Competencies Update and Refresher II
This course is one of four courses which, taken together, provides a systematic plan of study to assist firefighters to maintain their proficiency in core competencies and knowledge. Successful completion of the four courses meets the requirements for annual firefighter in-service training mandated by 19NYCR Part 426.7. Two class hours.

FPT 143 Firefighter Core Competencies Update and Refresher III
This course is one of four courses which, taken together, provides a systematic plan of study to assist firefighters to maintain their proficiency in core competencies and knowledge. Successful completion of the four courses meets the requirements for annual firefighter in-service training mandated by 19NYCR Part 426.7. Two class hours.

FPT 144 Firefighter Core Competencies Update and Refresher IV
This course is part of a four-course sequence which provides a systematic plan of study to assist firefighters to maintain their proficiency in core competencies and knowledge. Completion of the four-course sequence meets requirements for annual firefighter in-service training mandated by 19NYCR Part 426.7. Two class hours.

FPT 150 Industrial Fire Suppression Operations
This class is specifically designed to provide industrial firefighters with the basic skills and knowledge required to handle fires at industrial complexes. These facilities require unique and specific fire protection needs. Both hands-on use of the fire training simulators and classroom presentations will be provided to the students. The classroom presentation will provide familiarization of tools and appliances, chemistry of fire, fire suppression foam systems, self-contained breathing apparatus, search and rescue techniques, and tactical considerations in fire suppression operations. The skills application sessions will consist of conducting advanced rescue techniques, application of fire fighting foams, fire apparatus operation, use of fire fighting tools and appliances, and fire suppression operations in an industrial environment. Sixteen class hours. Offered as requested by various industrial fire brigades throughout the Northeast United States.

FPT 211 Fire Investigation: Cause and Origin
A broad study of fire investigation is presented. The means to identify the origin and cause of a fire, properly conduct a fire scene investigation, and understand arson laws are emphasized. Topics include fire behavior, determining point of origin, ignition sources, fire scene investigation, and legal aspects of the discipline. Three class hours.

FPT 213 Automatic Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems
Basic principles of the design, operation and maintenance of the various types of fire protection systems. Includes automatic sprinkler systems, standpipes, fire and smoke detection systems, and explosion suppression systems. Three class hours.

FPT 220 Fire Officer Development I
This course is designed to assist the new and prospective fire officer in developing the necessary skills to effectively lead and manage a fire department in today's rapidly changing environment. Topics covered include leadership and management, responsibilities of the company officer, political and legal issues facing the fire service, incident management, fire service organization, health and safety issues, emergency responses, and strategy and tactics. Twenty-seven lecture hours.

FPT 230 Advanced Aircraft Rescue Firefighting
This class is designed to enhance the skills of the basic ARFF Firefighter. This training will place the firefighter above the minimum requirements and provide multi-faceted skills required to meet aviation fire protection demands. An extensive use of the aircraft fire training simulators and classroom presentations will be provided. The student will be introduced to rescue systems and equipment, tools and apparatus, airport facilities, chemistry of fire, foam systems, Incident Management System (IMS), and strategies and tactical considerations in fire suppression operations. The hands-on sessions will consist of conducting advanced rescue techniques and extrication of trapped victims, firefighting foams and mass applications, motor vehicle fires, structural fires suppression operations, water rescue, and advanced aircraft fire suppression. Forty class hours.

FPT 231 Volunteer Fire Service Management
This course is designed for individuals with responsibilities for managing various facets of volunteer fire service organizations. Topics include planning, organizing, and controlling fire department functions, and motivation and problem solving in a volunteer setting. This is based on the National Fire Academy curriculum. Sixteen instruction hours.

FPT 290 Independent Study
See the Department Chairperson.

HSE 101 Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety
An introductory course in the occupational health, safety, and environmental principles. Topics include safety programs, regulatory issues, OSHA General Industry Standards and compliance, hazard identification and control, industrial hygiene, ergonomics and other special topics. Three class hours.

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