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Course Number:
FP 280A
Course Title:
Cooperative Education: Fire Protection
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Course Description

Offers field placement in a fire department to link course work to actual working experiences. Emphasizes independent learning and workplace skills with limited instruction. Must be coordinated with the hosting fire department supervisor, PCC Fire Protection instructor, and PCC cooperative education specialist. Attendance at mandatory seminar and Fire Protection Department permission required. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 60 or equivalent placement, and FP 112, FP 123, and EMS 106.

Addendum to Course Description

Perform duties safely and effectively in accordance with the hosting fire department organizational structure.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Communicate effectively with employers, coworkers, and customers, adapting to feedback as it pertains to processes and skills of emergency services and professional workplace behavior. 

Apply the principles of fire fighter safety as established by NFPA 1500.

Identify and implement strategies and processes to solve workplace issues and problems during emergency events.

Use an understanding of the variations in cultures and human interactions to working within the team environment and in a diverse community.

Apply skills and attitudes necessary to work within the ethical and professional parameters of the emergency services profession. 

Course Activities and Design

This course is presented as a minimum of 120 lab hours per term and carries three credit hours toward a Fire Protection Pre-Employment Certificate  and is a core requirement for this certificate. This course is designed to provide a "real world" work environment and experience for the student  to apply learned technical skills and to keep those skills contemporary.  Student will participate in emergency activities, training activities, non-emergency activities, public relations and education events,

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The evaluation process will include a hosting fire department supervisor evaluation designed to measure competency in those areas covered in the learning objectives.  The evaluation will be based on national and state standards task sheets.

PCC Fire Protection Department evaluation will be based on the quality of the student journal, term summary and reflection, resume'and attendance each term at the mandatory seminar..  

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Instructional Goals: To have an understanding of the operation of the assigned fire department and "fit into" that operations.

Students will become familiar with the fire departments policies and operating procedures. 
Students participate in fire department training activities.  
Students will develop an understanding and gain practical experience with the type of fire service equipment used by the department. 
Students will become involved in routine duties and activities performed by fire service personnel.

Instructional Goals: To provide each student the opportunity to develop personal attitudes and attributes that can be used to present themselves to future employers.
 Students will learn to present a professional personal appearance by dressing appropriately for job setting and exhibit cleanliness and good hygiene
Students develop good attendance habits by reporting to work on time and ready to work. 
Students will alert supervisor if absent or tardy, will plan ahead to cover work schedule conflicts, and develop personal attitudes in a work environment.
Students learn to demonstrate good follower-ship skills toward superiors.
Student is respectful, able to accept constructive criticism, and is willing to place personal desire aside for the benefit of the group when needed.
Students demonstrate the ability to work with their peers, showing good teamwork skills, and is ambitious (does not require close supervision).
Student Is respectful of the rights and needs of others, Is willing to provide assistance without being told or asked by others, and is safety conscious when working around others.
Students provide a professional image and a desire to be helpful toward the public/customers by being courteous and showing respect toward the public.
Student considers how others may perceive their actions and are mindful of how to help others.

Students are able to demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, and are able to do so without close supervision. 
Students are able to demonstrate adaptability in applying their learned skills and desire to improve their understanding of the job and their responsibilities. 
Students demonstrate the quality of work that is consistent with an employers expectations.
Students are able to understand and follow directions, are accurate and careful in their work, complete assigned tasks in appropriate timeliness, demonstrates safety and care toward equipment, is adaptable to changing work conditions, and is proactive toward solving problem areas.