Course Content and Outcome Guide for FP 137

Course Number:
FP 137
Course Title:
Fire Protection Systems
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Course Description

Covers features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection, and portable fire extinguishers. Prerequisites: FP 112, MTH 60, WR 115, and RD 90 or equivalent placement test scores.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is designed to give students a basic overview of fixed protection, detection, and alarm systems. The course also covers methods of maintenance, operations, and testing of these systems. This course is required for an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Fire Protection and fulfills the appropriate performance objectives of N.F.P.A. standards for Fire Fighter I and II. 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:

  • Communicate effectively the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures and remain up to date on sprinkler legislation.
  • Communicate effectively the reasons why water is a commonly used extinguishing agent and the basic elements of a public water supply system including sources, distribution networks, piping and hydrants
  • Utilize skills and knowledge necessary to perform an inspection of different fire alarm systems, recognize the basic components of the systems, and know the appropriate application of fire protection systems.
  • Apply knowledge of the different types of non-water based fire suppression systems that are used in the response area.
  • Use an understanding of the hazards of smoke and the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building to respond appropriately as a firefighter and in educating the public.
  • Choose the appropriate type of portable fire protection systems for the different types of fire situations and apply the agent properly.

Course Activities and Design

The material in this course will be presented in a lecture, demonstration and discussion format. Other instructional methods including guest speakers, research papers, book and journal article reviews, written and oral reports, 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, written and oral reports, simulations, classroom projects and presentations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Describe the significant historical events that have influenced fire protection technologies.
  2. List the various classes of fire and describe the appropriate methods of extinguishment.
  3. List the major types of alarm systems and describe the purpose and function of their major components.
  4. List the major types of sprinkler systems and describe the purpose and function of their major components.
  5. List the major types of standpipe systems and describe the purpose and function of their major components.
  6. List the major types of chemical systems and describe the purpose and function of their major components.
  7. List the major types of explosive suppression and ventilation systems and describe the purpose and function of their major components.
  8. Describe the value of automatic sprinkler systems in providing life safety and property protection.
  9. Demonstrate connecting to an FDC and the changing of a flowing sprinkler head.