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CCOG for FP 291 Fall 2022

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Course Number:
FP 291
Course Title:
Fire Codes and Related Ordinances
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Course Description

Covers aspects of the International Fire Code (IFC), State laws, regulations, revised statutes and local ordinances related to fire & life safety. Includes interpretation of the IFC, code development and the adoption process; code enforcement authority and limitations; application of codes, documentation and interrelationships of codes and standards, recommended practices and ethical and political issues. Designed to meet NFPA Standard 1031; Standard for Professional Qualifications, for Fire Inspector I. Prerequisites: WR 121, MTH 65, FP 122, FP 137 and FP 166. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course may be used as an elective for an associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology.  This course may be transferrable to some bachelor degree programs in Fire Service Administration.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon success completion, students should be able to:
1. Interpret the International Fire Code.
2. Use effective communication skills necessary to perform fire and life safety inspections.
3. Correctly use written communication skills to document code violations and findings.
4. Classify Occupancies according to fire and life safety codes.
5. Determine how International Fire Code provisions are related to other codes and ordinances.

Course Activities and Design

A variety of activities will include lecture, demonstration of principles and theories, practical field applications of knowledge, and possible field trips. Case studies and scenarios will be analyzed and interpreted utilizing the Internation Fire Code.

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)

1. Administrative

2. General Safety Provisions

3. Building and Equipment Design Features

4. Special Occupancies and Operations

5. Hazardous Materials

6. IFC Referenced Standards

7. IFC Appendices