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Fire Protection and Safety Technology (FPD)
Program Course Descriptions


CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
FPS101 Principles of Emergency Services
This course provides an overview to 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; life safety initiatives.This course is an approved course in the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education(FESHE) Recognition Program sponsored by FEMA.
FPS103 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
This course provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education. This course is an approved course in the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education(FESHE) Recognition Program sponsored by FEMA.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
FPS-ELECTIVE Fire Protection Elective
FPS106 Building Construction for Fire Protection
Pre: Communications Proficiency
A study of the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety. The focus of this course is on firefighter safety. The course discusses the key elements of construction and design of structures as factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. This course is an approved course in the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education(FESHE) Recognition Program sponsored by FEMA.
FPS134 Introduction to Hazardous Materials
Pre: Communications Proficiency
For individuals who are mandated by law or called upon by necessity to prepare for and respond to emergency incidents that involve hazardous materials. The course will provide first responders with information needed to take appropriate initial actions at WMD incidents and hazardous material spills or releases.
FPS158 Principles of Fire & Emerg. Services, Safety and Survival
Pre: Communication Proficiency
This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services. This course is an approved course in the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education(FESHE) Recognition Program sponsored by FEMA.
FPS204 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Pre: Communications Proficiency
A survey of basic chemistry emphasizing the nature and behavior of organic and inorganic chemicals, the incompatibility of chemicals, and fire chemistry. The course will provide basic chemistry relating to the categories of hazardous materials including recognition, identification, reactivity and health hazardous encountered by emergency services. This course is an approved course in the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education(FESHE) Recognition Program sponsored by FEMA.
FPS211 Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
Pre: Communications Proficiency
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 protections and portable fire extinguishers. This course is an approved course in the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education(FESHE) Recognition Program sponsored by FEMA.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective
FPS-ELECTIVE Fire Protection Elective
FPS112 Fire Behavior and Combustion
Pre: Communications Proficiency
This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. This course is an approved course in the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education(FESHE) Recognition Program sponsored by FEMA.
FPS202 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection. The application of hydraulic principles will be presented to analyze and solve water supply problems. This course is an approved course in the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education(FESHE) Recognition Program sponsored by FEMA.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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