Academic Catalog

Fire Science (FIRE)

FIRE 162  Principles of Emergency Services  3 cr.  

This course provides an overview of fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; and life safety initiatives.

FIRE 163  Principles of Fire and Emergency Service Administration  3 cr.  

This course introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency service, ethics, and leadership from the perspective of the company officer.

FIRE 165  Bldg Construction for Fire Protection  3 cr.  

This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.

Prerequisite(s): FIRE 162
FIRE 166  Fire Behavior and Combustion  3 cr.  

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled.

FIRE 168  Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services  3 cr.  

This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk and hazard evaluation and control procedures for emergency service organizations.

FIRE 169  Strategy and Tactics  3 cr.  

This course provides the principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents.

Prerequisite(s): FIRE 162
FIRE 255  Fire Inspector I  3 cr.  

The student will analyze, evaluate and apply methodology utilized in the field of fire prevention and inspection. Topics included are fire behavior and characteristics, inspection procedures, common and special fire hazards, occupancy problems, and life safety requirements. Successful completion of this course, which is recognized by the NJ Bureau of Fire Safety, fulfills part of the curricular requirement to allow a student to take the NJ state exam to obtain certification as a Fire Inspector.

FIRE 256  Fire Inspector II  3 cr.  

The student will identify, analyze, evaluate, and apply concepts utilized in the administration and enforcement of fire codes and related laws and ordinances. Successful completion of this course, which is recognized by the NJ Bureau of Fire Safety, allows the student to take the NJ State exam to obtain certification as a New Jersey Fire Inspector.

Prerequisite(s): FIRE 255
FIRE 257  Administration for Fire Officials  3 cr.  

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJAC 5:18-7.72) requires this course for all fire officials to be certified. The course is a continuation of the Fire Science curriculum, and will prepare the student to be competent in the administrative portion of the Uniform Fire Code. The student will be able to manage a fire prevention and inspection unit. The student will be able to apply modern management principles and concepts required for managing a fire prevention unit.

FIRE 261  Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival  3 cr.  

This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services.

FIRE 263  Fire Investigation I  3 cr.  

This course is intended to provide the student with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the fire setter, and types of fire causes.

Prerequisite(s): FIRE 165 and FIRE 166 or permission of instructor
FIRE 264  Fire Investigation II  3 cr.  

This course is intended to provide the student with advanced technical knowledge on the rule of law, fire scene analysis, fire behavior, evidence collection and preservation, scene documentation, case preparation and courtroom testimony.

Prerequisite(s): FIRE 263
FIRE 266  Fire Prevention  3 cr.  

This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation.

FIRE 268  Fire Protection Systems  3 cr.  

This course provides information relating to the 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.