Fire Science Technology (FST)

FST 108 - Introduction to Structural Firefighting

Course Description

Effective: 2020-05-01

Introduces the student to the field of firefighting with an emphasis on structural firefighting history, organizational structures, personnel, equipment, health, safety and hazard mitigation as featured in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001, "Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications."
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To ensure firefighter students meet the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, National Fire Protection Association's 1001 (current), "Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications", and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications, students must successfully complete a written test administered by VDFP.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Corequisite: FST 123 or departmental approval.

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FST 123 - Structural Firefighting I

Course Description

Effective: 2020-05-01

Prepares students for Virginia Firefighter I and II certification. Focuses on all aspects of firefighting, fire protection, prevention, health, safety, rescue and hazard mitigation as defined by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs curriculum for Firefighter I and II as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To ensure firefighter students meet the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, NFPA's 1001 (current), "Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications," and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications, students must successfully complete a written test administered by VDFP. Students must receive a minimum score of 70% on the written examination and successfully pass all practical scenarios. Students must successfully complete FST 108 Introduction to Structural Firefighting; FST 123 Structural Firefighter I; and FST 124 Structural Firefighter II to be eligible to sit for the certification examinations

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: FST 108 or, Corequisite: FST 124 or departmental approval.

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FST 124 - Structural Firefighting II

Course Description

Effective: 2020-05-01

Prepares students for the Virginia Firefighter I and II certification. Focuses on all aspects of firefighting, fire protection, prevention, health, safety, rescue and hazard mitigation as defined by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs curriculum for Firefighter I and II as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Part II of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To ensure firefighter students meet the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, National Fire Protection Association's 1001-13, "Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications," and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications, students must successfully complete a written test administered by VDFP. Students must receive a minimum score of 70% on the written examination and successfully pass all practical scenarios. Students must successfully complete FST 108 Introduction to Structural Firefighting; FST 123 Structural Firefighter I; and FST 124 Structural Firefighter II to be eligible to sit for the certification examinations.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: FST 108, FST 123 or Corequisite: FST 108 and FST 123 or departmental approval.

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FST 207 - Fire Alarm Systems I

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Teaches basic design and installation methods of fire alarm equipment and devices and the requirements of codes and standards that govern fire alarm systems and installations including National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70), Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72), the National Fire Alarm Code, and the National Electric Code (NEC).
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the principles of fire alarm system design and construction in order to prevent or minimize potential losses from fire, water, smoke and/or explosions, as well as to prepare students for the National Society of Protection Engineers - National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Fire Alarm Systems Level I and II certification examinations.

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FST 208 - Fire Alarm Systems II

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Teaches advanced design and installation methods of fire alarm equipment and devices and the requirements of codes and standards that govern fire alarm systems and installations including National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 72), the National Fire Alarm Code, and the National Electric Code (NEC).
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide individuals with the principles of fire alarm installation, inspection and testing in order to prevent or minimize potential losses from fire, water, smoke and/or explosions, as well as prepare students for the National Society of Protection Engineers - National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Fire Alarm Systems Level III and IV certification examinations.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

FST 207

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FST 211 - Fire Protection Codes and Standards

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Examines the codes and standards that guide the design, installation, inspection and testing of fire protection systems; including but not limited to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. National Electrical Code (NEC), International Building Code (IBC), Virginia Uniform State Wide Building Code (USBC), Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC), local codes and ordinances and how to use the documents as reference sources.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This course provides an introduction to building, electrical and fire prevention codes and consensus standards that dictate type. location, installation, testing and maintenance of fire protections systems.

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FST 212 - National Electrical Code for Fire Protection Services

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Provides comprehensive study of the purpose and interpretations of the National Electric Code as well as familiarization and implementation of various charts, code rulings and wiring methods including state and local regulations as they relate to the fire protection systems industry.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This course provides an introduction to building, electrical and fire prevention codes and consensus standards that dictate type. location, installation, testing and maintenance of fire protections systems.

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FST 213 - Practical Electricity of Fire Alarm Systems

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Teaches the fundamentals of electricity, terminology and symbols, diagrams; the principles essential to the understanding of general practices, safety and the practical aspects of residential and non-residential wiring, electrical installation as it relates to the fire protection systems industry.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of electricity, wiring and fire alarm system design, installation, operation, testing and maintenance.

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FST 216 - Automated Fire Sprinkler System Design I

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Presents a comprehensive study of automated sprinkler systems including sprinkler standards, design features, water supply adequacy, sprinkler limitations, and appropriate building and fire code applications.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic fire sprinkler design.

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FST 217 - Automated Fire Sprinkler System Design II

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Continues the study of sprinkler system design, implementation, and installation. Includes the use of appropriate computer applications in the design of various types of sprinkler systems.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

he purpose of this course is to introduce students to advanced fire sprinkler design.

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