Course Content and Outcome Guide for FP 101

Course Number:
FP 101
Course Title:
Principles of Emergency Services
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Course Description

Introduces the Emergency Services. Explores career opportunities and requirements for emergency service responders. Related topics will be introduced such as nomenclature, history, basic chemistry and physics of emergency situations, life safety initiatives, laws and loss analysis. Introduces fire protection systems, specific fire protection functions, organization and function of public and private emergency services. This course is the prerequisite for FP 111. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course will review the development of modern fire departments,  their function and organization. Students will review publications,
magazines, and fire service journals in an effort to gain insight into obtaining employment in the fire service and related fields. Students will also learn about fire service organizations and associations that impact the fire service, and will participate in the P.C.C. Student Firefighters Association, completing public service projects, as they would as a member of a fire service agency. This course is required for an
Associate Degree of Applied Science in Fire Protection , as well as satisfying requirements, as defined by the Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training, and the National Fire Protection Association, Standard 1001, "Standard on Firefighter Professional Qualification". This course is transferable to a degree program in Fire Service Administration at Western Oregon University or Eastern Oregon University.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Understand the outcomes of the Fire and Emergency Servicer Higher Education Program, course Principles of Emergency Services established by the U.S. Fire Administration€™s National Fire Academy (NFA) in order to make an informed career decision.

Course Activities and Design

The material in this course will be presented in a lecture and discussion format. Other educational methods including guest speakers, research papers, demonstrations, simulations, presentations and public service projects may be employed.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will discus the methods used to evaluate student performance and progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. A course syllabus will be provided. Assessment methods may include one or more of the following: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, book and journal article reviews, written and oral reports, simulations, classroom presentations and public service projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Describe the basic requirements for entering the fire service and related fields.
  2. Describe the history of the fire service and how its roles and responsibilities have changed and how these changes effect today's communities.
  3. Describe a typical fire service organizational structure, its components and related activities.
  4. Describe common types of fire apparatus and equipment used by local fire departments.
  5. Describe Organizations and Associations that impact the Fire Service.
  6. Demonstrate active participation in the P.C.C. Student Firefighters Association.
  7. Demonstrate active participation and completion of relevant mandatory public service projects/activities.