Fire Science Technology (FST) at Patrick Henry Community College


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FST 100 - Principles of Emergency Services
Provides an overview to fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function to 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.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
FST 105 - Fire Suppression Operations
Introduces the fundamentals of fire suppression. Explores fire behavior and basic physical and chemical laws of fire dynamics. Prepares student to understand the need for quick operational decisions made on the fire ground including emergency management.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
FST 110 - Fire Behavior and Combustion
Explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
FST 111 - Hazardous Materials Response
Studies hazardous materials storage, standards, and applicable laws designed to protect the public and emergency personnel. Discusses specific methods and techniques used by the emergency worker in the abatement of hazardous materials incidents.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
FST 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits