Course Content and Outcome Guide for FP 122

Course Number:
FP 122
Course Title:
Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
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Course Description

Provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention division; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation. Prerequisites: WR 121, MTH 65 and FP 112.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is required for an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Fire Protection and fulfills the requirements for the Fire Standards
and Accreditation Board subjects for #15-12 and #25-03. 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

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively with the public about the history and philosophy of fire prevention, the national fire problem and the role and functions of a fire prevention bureau.
  2. Utilize and participate in fire prevention organizations and associations for professional development. 
  3. Identify laws, rules, regulations, and codes relevant to fire prevention while conducting fire inspection practices and procedures.
  4. Differentiate between the professional qualifications for Fire Marshal, Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator.

Course Activities and Design

The material in this course will be presented in a lecture and discussion format. Other instructional methods including guest speakers,
research papers, demonstrations, simulations and presentations 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, and classroom

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. List important historical fires and describe how those fires have influenced the development of modern fire prevention codes and ordinances.
  2. Identify the causes of large-loss fires and contributing factors as they relate to fire deaths, injuries, and property loss through the analysis of statistical data.
  3. Research current employment opportunities in fire prevention, code enforcement, administration, research and analysis, and public education.