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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: MTH 60 and (WR 115 or IRW 115).

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a core requirement for the AAS degree in Fire Protection and is transferable to Eastern Oregon University for the Fire Service Administration program.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Identify and describe various types and uses of fire protection systems. 
  • Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system as it relates to fire 
  • 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 commonly utilized to appropriate situation.
  • Choose the proper type of portable fire protection system appropriate to the given situation and communicate effectively how the system should be properly applied. 

Course Activities and Design

The content of the course will be presented in lecture, classroom discussions, role playing, demonstrations, practical skills demonstration as appropriate.  Additional instruction methodology may include guest speaker, research papers, professional publication reviews, written and oral reports, and class presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Methods of assessment may include one or more of the following:

  • Various individual and/or group skill building activities such as role-playing 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 other.
  • Quizzes and exams composed of objective questions and concepts.
  • Individual and /or team projects/s which require integration, application, and critical examination of course concepts, issues, and themes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


1. Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures. 
2. Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system including sources, 
distribution networks, piping and hydrants. 
3. Explain why water is a commonly used extinguishing agent. 
4. Identify the different types and components of sprinkler, standpipe and foam systems. 
5. Review residential and commercial sprinkler legislation. 
6. Identify the different types of non-water based fire suppression systems. 
7. Explain the basic components of a fire alarm system. 
8. Identify the different types of detectors and explain how they detect fire. 
9. Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke 
movement in a building. 
10. Discuss the appropriate application of fire protection systems. 
11. Explain the operation and appropriate application for the different types of portable fire 
protection systems.