Course Content and Outcome Guide for FP 9110

Course Number:
FP 9110
Course Title:
Fire Inspection Practices
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Special Fee:

Course Description

Studies the various steps to be followed prior to and during an actual fire inspection. The legal aspects of fire inspections on both new and existing structures are covered. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1.0 Introduction

To provide the student with an understanding of the concept of fire prevention inspection.

Student Will

1.1.1 Explain the need for fire prevention inspection

1.2.0 Scope

Student Will

1.2.1 Explain the need for an inspection schedule based upon occupancy type.

1.2.2 Explain the inspection limitation placed upon fire company personnel.

1.3.0 Right of entry

Student Will

1.3.1 Explain the court cases which have established right of entry.

1.4.0 Legal Aspects

Student Will

1.4.1 Discuss the liability for failure to pursue an identified hazard.

1.4.2 Discuss the liability for failure to notice an obvious hazard.

1.4.3 Discuss the concept of "meeting the test of a reasonable and prudent inspector."

1.5.0 Other agencies conducting inspection

Student Will

1.5.1 Discuss which agencies currently conduct inspection and the type of inspection being conducted.

2.0 Preparation for the Inspection

To develop an understanding of the need to properly prepare, in advance, for an inspection.

2.1.0 Inspector equipment

Student Will

2.1.1  Identify and explain the "tools" an inspector needs to conduct an inspection.

2.2.0 Manner of Dress

Student Will

2.2.1 Explain the need for the proper appearance.

2.3.0 Review of building history

Student Will

2.3.1 Explain the need to be familiar with the building prior to the inspection.

3.0 Gaining Admission

To develop an understanding of the importance of the proper initial contact.

3.1.0 Identifying the person of authority.

3.1.1 Explain the need for contacting the person in charge.

3.2.0 Securing permission

Student Will

3.2.1 Explain the need for securing permission.

3.2.2 Explain the procedure to follow if permission is denied.

4.0 The Inspection Tour

To develop the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct an inspection.

4.1.0 Obtain Guide

Student Will

4.1.1 Explain the need for a guide

4.2.0 Starting Point

Student Will

4.2.1 Explain the need for an established starting point.

4.3.0 Secure areas

4.3.1 Explain how to deal with building areas which are "secured".

4.4.0 Note taking

Student Will

4.4.1 Explain the need for note taking.

4.4.2 Demonstrate the proper methods of note taking.

4.5.0 Corrective action during the tour.

Student Will

4.5.1 Explain the procedure when a violation is corrected during the tour.

4.6.0 Discuss the findings with the person in charge.

Student Will

4.6.1 Discuss the need for explaining the results of the inspection with the proper authority.

4.7.0 The exit interview

Students Will

4.7.1 Explain the importance of an exit interview from a compliance standpoint as well as a public relations standpoint.

5.0 Records

To develop an understanding of the importance of adequate records.

5.1.0 Explain the need for maintaining this file.

5.2.0 Department files.

Student Will

5.2.1 Explain how a fire department would establish and maintain an inspection file.

5.3.0 State

Student Will

5.3.1 Discuss the requirements of the state as relating to inspection records.

5.4.0 Federal

Student Will

5.4.1 Discuss the requirements of the Federal Agencies as relating to inspection records.

6.0 Re-inspections

To develop an understanding of the need for reinspection to assure compliance.

6.1.0 Time frame

Student Will

6.1.1 Discuss the concept of "adequate time" to assure compliance.

6.2.0 Inspection of the violation.

Student Will

6.2.1 Explain the method to be used to inspect the violation

6.3.0 Exit interview

Student Will

6.3.1 Discuss the importance of an exit interview.

6.4.0 Records

Student Will

6.4.1 Explain the need for proper record keeping

6.5.0 Legal action

Student Will

6.5.1 Discuss the legal avenues open to the inspector to ensure compliance.

7.0 Hazard Identification

To familiarize the student with types of hazards and their potential

7.1.0 Potential fire hazards.

Student Will

7.1.1 Discuss how contents present hazards.

7.2.0 Potential fire causes

Student Will

7.2.1 Discuss various types of ignition sources.

7.3.0 Potential fire spread factors

Student Will

7.3.1 Discuss various aspects which may influence fire spread.

8.0 Private Fire Protection Systems

To develop an understanding of the need for functioning private fire protection systems.

8.1.0 Automatic Sprinkler Systems

Student Will

8.1.1 Explain the testing procedures that should be covered during the inspection.

8.2.0 Portable fire extinguishers

Student Will

8.2.1 Explain the need for adequate testing and placement of portable fire extinguishers.

8.3.0 Smoke detectors

Student Will

8.3.1 Discuss the need proper testing and knowledge of the system by the occupancy's personnel.

9.0 Specialized Complexes

To develop an understanding of the uniqueness of occupancies and their needs. The type of occupancy (s) covered would very with the needs of the class.

10.0 Practicum

To provide practical experience in conducting fire prevention inspections. This practical experience would occur throughout the course.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation procedures will be discussed during the first class meeting.