Fire Service Technology
Contact: Margaret Phelps
One Associate of Applied Science degree which requires 68 credits is available.
Students must be registered at ISU to apply for graduation.
The Fire Service Technology program is designed to upgrade the fire fighting skills and knowledge of volunteer and paid fire fighters. In some instances a volunteer fire fighter may use this degree as a means to enter the fire service as a paid professional. The program covers all phases of fire fighting. The intent is to provide fire fighters with the skills needed to save lives and protect property in a safe and efficient manner. Special fees apply to this program.
In order to apply for this program you must currently be employed in the fire fighting profession.
The following courses are required for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Service Technology:
Technical CourseworkFST 100 Orientation I, II, & III 4 cr FST 101 Ladders I & II 1 cr FST 102 Hose I & II 2 cr FST 103 Fire Streams I & II 2 cr FST 104 Forcible Entry I & II 2 cr FST 105 Ventilation I & II 1 cr FST 106 SCBA I, II, & III 3 cr FST 107 Salvage & Overhaul I & II 1 cr FST 108 First Aid I, II, & III 2 cr FST 109 Safety I, II, & III 3 cr FST 110 Water Supplies I & II 2 cr FST 111 Building Construction I & II 2 cr FST 112 Fire Prevention I & II 3 cr FST 113 Hazardous Materials I & II 2 cr FST 114 Rescue I & II 2 cr FST 115 Fire Cause Determination 2 cr FST 116 Fire Ground Management 2 cr FST 117 Practicum 10 crTechnical Support CourseworkFST 118 Fundamentals of Fire Math I & II 2 cr FST 119 Fundamentals of Fire Chemistry I & II 4 cr FST 120 Fundamentals of Fire Physics I & II4 crGeneral Education Requirements*English Composition 3 cr Communications 3 cr Introduction to Social Psychology 3 cr Local Government/International Government Relations 3 cr TOTAL: 68 cr *Consult the School of Applied Technology for specific offerings
FST 100 Orientation I, II, & III 4 credits. The purpose, objectives, and scope of Idaho's Certification program is covered in this course. Organization charts; primary functions of state and national fire service organizations; local department public relations programs; and the cleaning, maintenance, costs and degree of protection of the fire fighters protective clothing and other equipments is a part of the instruction received in this course. In addition, issues involving the fire service on a national level are covered. This course also deals with the student's opinion, interpretation, and ability to express thoughts into writing often in regard to issues involving the student's local fire jurisdiction. The student will be able to gain a better understanding of the many facts of the fire service on a national level, how they influence his local jurisdiction, and some of the contemporary issues being addressed by the fire service today.
FST 101 Ladders I & II 1 credit. All types of ladders used in the fire service, their parts and their uses will be covered in this course. Ladder raises, ladder carries, materials used in ladder construction, ladder inspection, care maintenance, and testing are also topics of instruction in this course.
FST 102 Hose I & II 2 credits. All types, sizes, and uses of hoses are covered in this course including the use of nozzles-their attachment to hoses and the advancing of charged dry lines. Inspection, maintenance, cleaning, rolling, and carrying of hose are other topics of instruction within the course.
FST 103 Fire Streams I & II 2 credits. This course will cover different types of fire streams, the characteristics of good fire streams and the proper fire streams to be used for different types of fires. It will also provide instruction in the operations of common foam-making devices, and the use of different foams. Identification of nozzles and tips according to type, design, nozzle pressure, and flow in GPM for proper operation of each is part of this course instruction.
FST 104 Forcible Entry I & II 2 credits. This course provides the necessary knowledge and practical skills applications needed to perform the following forcible entry operations: forcing doors; opening walls and ceilings; opening roofs; and opening floors.
FST 105 Ventilation I & II 1 credit. This course is designed to instruct the student in the use of hand and power tools as they apply to ventilation and forcible entry, and will instruct the student in breaking and clearing windows, forcing windows, breaking walls, proper ventilation methods, and prevention of backdraft and safety precautions to be taken during ventilation.
FST 106 SCBA I, II, & III 3 credits. The course is designed to instruct the fire fighter student in the operational functions of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and the methods of maintaining it and putting it on. Proper methods for charging air cylinders and the limitations and degree of protection by SCBA is also covered in the course. Many exercises in this course emphasize practical use of the equipment in a variety of simulated fireground situations.
FST 107 Salvage & Overhaul I & II 1 credit. This course will demonstrate the construction and use of a water chute and a water catchall, explain different methods of routing water and removing debris from a structure, demonstrate proper methods for folding and spreading salvage covers, explain main reasons for salvage and overhaul operations and precautions to be taken during them towards the prevention of evidence destruction.
FST 108 First Aid I, II, & III 2 credits. The fire fighter student in this course will receive instruction leading to certification in General First Aid and CPR. Instruction will also be given in the "Heimlich" maneuver, triage, identifying and treating burns, controlling bleeding, applying dressing and bandages, and identifying and treating poisoning.
FST 109 Safety I, II & III 3 credits. This course covers important aspects of safety on the fireground and around the station. It is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the following: accident control concepts; safety programs; safe use of facilities; personal protective equipment; safety in training; en route hazards; the emergency scene; special hazards; and inspection safety. This course also examines significant areas of fire fighter fatalities and injuries associated with emergency and non-emergency situations. It addresses causes of fatalities and injuries and recommended solutions and implementation methods. This course also focuses on the problem of fire fighter health and safety and design and implementation of a departmental safety program. Command issues, policies, and programs addressing fire fighter health and safety in emergency situations are examined.
FST 110 Water Supplies I & II 3 credits. In this course, the student will learn to identify properties of water, sources of water supply, parts of a water distribution system, types of hydrants, different types of pressure, and types of water main valves. Instruction will be given in inspecting a fire hydrant, reading and recording flow pressures and determining quantity of water from the openings. Identifying water main sizes for residential, business, and industrial districts and identifying causes of increased resistance with water flowing in water mains are topics of instruction.
FST 111 Building Construction I & II 2 credits. This course is designed to provide the student with a thorough background in building construction principles as they relate to firefighting. Included are general construction principles, wood and ordinary construction, mill construction, concrete and steel construction. Concepts of "fire proof" and fire resistance are also covered.
FST 112 Fire Prevention I & II 3 credits. The student will be taught to write inspection reports for multiple-residential, commercial-retail, and service station occupancies demonstrating a knowledge in the following areas: codes and features; public relations; inspection techniques; enforcement procedures; plan checking and public education methods and programs.
FST 113 Hazardous Materials I & II 2 credits. This course is designed to give the fire fighter student information on target hazards, conflagration, local disaster plans and the process of location and notifying agencies. This course also covers recognizing and identifying hazardous materials and to utilize an incident command type system in a hazardous materials incident.
FST 114 Rescue I & II 2 credits. This course is designed to instruct the student in the use of ropes in a wide variety of applications, in the use of backboards and stretcher, victim lifts, carries and drags, and in methods for searching for victims in buildings.
FST 115 Fire Cause Determination 2 credits. This course is designed to prepare the student with the knowledge and skills needed in order to correctly determine fire causes, including: the fire department's responsibility; the fire company's role; fire behavior; finding the point of origin and determining the cause; fire setters; preserving and documenting evidence for the investigator and courtroom testimony.
FST 116 Fire Ground Management 2 credits. The assuming of command of operation in a fire situation is the main subject of this course, dealing with the specific performances of sizing up, positioning of vehicle equipment and personnel, determining point of attack, type of lay or lays required, type and size of hose and nozzles to be used, and the supervision of personnel in accomplishing forcible entry, rescue and other fire suppression activities.
FST 117 Practicum 10 credits. Students must complete 300 instructional hours worth of course (in addition to those prescribed in the certification program) which may include any National Fire Academy resident or field programs and/or any combination of state or federally sponsored fire classes, course or schoolsexcept those already used for credit toward completion of previous courses in the certification program. Students may use courses that they have attended prior to or any time during enrollment in the certification program. Copies of all course certificates must be on file at the fire department.
FST 118 Fundamentals of Fire Math I & II 2 credits. This course teaches a basic understanding of the fundamental math process, fractions, decimal fractions, measurements and weights, percentages and graphs, ratio, proportion, powers and roots.
FST 119 Fundamentals of Fire Chemistry I & II 4 credits. This course includes: the foundations of chemistry and chemical principles; language of science; chemical world and some of its reactions; physical forces caused by fire and the reactions that take place; heat of fires and its significance before and during fires. The fire fighter student will demonstrate a basic understanding of: the properties of solids and their importance in fire science; common flammable and combustible liquids and gases; flames and fire extinguishment; gas to halon extinguishing agents; fire classification and water to foam agents.
FST 120 Fundamentals of Fire Physics I & II 4 credits. This course includes: the characteristics of matter; motion and force; work and machines; liquids; characteristics of gases; combustion and heat; magnetism; electricity; atomic energy and radiation. This course also includes basic principles and concepts of physical science in: measurement; physical description; applied geometry; matter; mechanical properties of solids; fluids; force and acceleration; static equilibrium; energy and power; friction; simple machines; hydraulic and pneumatic principle; fluid in motion; waves; heat and temperature; heat transfer; heat engines; electricity; magnetism and alternating currents.
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Revised: February 2000