Course Content and Outcome Guide for FP 130

Course Number:
FP 130
Course Title:
Fire Pro Hydraulics & Water Su
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Course Description

Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. Prerequisites: MTH 95, FP 112 or equivalent.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Apply principles of mathematics and physics to the movement of water in fire suppression activities.
  • Apply the knowledge of the design principles of fire service pumping apparatus in its operation.
  • Meet the objectives put forth in the model course outline for Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply as established by the Fire and Emergency
    Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative led by the United States Fire Administration (USFA) which includes being prepared to meet National Fire Protection Association 1002, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications, Chapters 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3, and 5.2.4.

Course Activities and Design

A variety of activities will include lecture, demonstration of principles and theories, practical field applications of learned skills, and possible field trips.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Each lesson will have written examination covering the appropriate material and include demonstrated skills when relevant.
The methods of assessment may include one or more of the following:

  •  Various individual and/or group skill building activities such, scenario based problem solving activities, case studies, or other exercises geared
    toward critical analysis of course concepts.
  • Written assignments or oral reports designed to integrate course material into personal experience or experiences of others.
  • Quizzes and exam composed of objective questions and concepts.
  • Individual and/or team project/s which requires integration, application, and critical examination of course concepts, issues, and themes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

I. Water as an extinguishing agent
     A. Physical properties
     B. Terms and definitions
II. Math review
     A. Fractions
     B. Ratios, proportions, and percentage
     C. Powers and roots
III. Water at rest
     A. Basic principles of hydrostatics
        1. Pressure and force
        2. Six principles of fluid pressure
        3. Pressure as a function of height and density
        4. Atmospheric pressure
     B. Measuring devices for static pressure
IV. Water in motion
     A. Basic principles of hydrokinetics
     B. Measuring devices for measuring flow
     C. Relationship of discharge velocity, orifice size, and flow
V. Water distribution systems
     A. Water sources
     B. Public water distribution systems
     C. Private water distribution systems
     D. Friction loss in piping systems
     E. Fire hydrants and flow testing
VI. Fire Pumps
     A. Pump theory
     B. Pump classifications
     C. Priming systems
     D. Pump capacity
     E. Pump gauges and control devices
     F. Testing fire pumps
VII. Fire streams
     A. Calculating fire flow requirements
     B. Effective horizontal and vertical reach
     C. Appliances for nozzles
     D. Performance of smooth-bore and combination nozzles
     E. Hand-held lines
     F. Master streams
     G. Nozzle pressures and reaction
     H. Water hammer and cavitations
VIII. Friction loss
     A. Factors affecting friction loss
     B. Maximum efficient flow in fire hose
     C. Calculating friction loss in fire hose
     D. Friction loss in appliances
     E. Reducing friction loss
IX. Engine pressures
     A. Factors affecting engine pressure
X. Standpipe and sprinkler systems
     A. Standpipe systems
        1. Classifications
        2. Components
        3. Supplying Standpipe Systems
     B. Sprinkler systems
        1. Classifications
        2. Components
        3. Supplying sprinkler systems