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CourseCourse TitleSemester HoursSubject
 
FS 101PRINC OF EMERGENCY SERVICES3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection and emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection and emergency services; fire/rescue departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service: fire and emergency service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics. (R only) (CE: R) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours each week.
 
FS 104FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICE ADMIN3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis on fire service leadership from the perspective of the company officer. (R only) (CE: R) PREREQUISITE: FS 101. Three hours each week.
 
FS 105FIRE BEHAVIOR & COMBUSTION3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. (R only) (CE: R) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours each week.
 
FS 106OCCUP SAFETY FOR EMERG SERV3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles, and emergency situations involving fire, hazardous materials, and technical rescue. (R only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours each week.
 
 ARTD-Arts BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci. HUMD-Humanities NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab [M] - Multicultural
CE -- Credit by Exam available (...only) -- offered only on indicated campus(es) G - Germantown R - Rockville TP - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
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FS 107COMM FIRE PREV & SAFETY EDU3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: 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. (R only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours each week.
 
FS 108LEGAL ASPECTS FIRE & EMER SERV3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Introduces the federal, state, and local laws that regulate emergency services, national standards influencing emergency services, standard of care, liability, and a review of relevant court cases. (R only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours each week.
 
FS 112BLDG CONST FOR FIRE PROTECT3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Examines the components of building construction that relate to fire and safety. The focus of this course is on firefighter 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. (R only) PREREQUISITE: FS 101 or consent of department. Three hours each week.
 
FS 150EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECH BASIC7 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Covers the minimum level of certification for ambulance personnel. Students learn to properly perform the various skills utilized by emergency medical technician level pre-hospital care providers in the care of sick or injured persons. Because of national and state requirements, attendance at all classes is mandatory. This course prepares the student for the Maryland and National Registry EMT certification written and practical examinations and follows the guidelines established for EMT training by the DOT/NHTSA national standard curriculum. Participation in the clinical component of this course requires proof of a negative TB test and a criminal background investigation. All students must maintain a 70 percent average and can score no lower than 60 percent on any of the assessments. Failure to maintain a 70 percent average will result in the student being dropped from the course. (T only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, MA 091, RD 120. Four hours lecture, nine hours laboratory each week.
 
 ARTD-Arts BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci. HUMD-Humanities NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab [M] - Multicultural
CE -- Credit by Exam available (...only) -- offered only on indicated campus(es) G - Germantown R - Rockville TP - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
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FS 205CHEM OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Provides basic fire chemistry relating to the categories of hazardous materials including problems of recognition, reactivity, and health encountered by firefighters. Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours each week.
 
FS 212FIRE PROTECT HYDRAULIC & WATER3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. (R only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120 or consent of department. Three hours each week.
 
FS 214FIRE TACTICS & STRATEGY3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Provides an in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground. (R only) PREREQUISITE: FS 101 or consent of department. Three hours each week.
 
FS 216FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems, heat and smoke control systems, special protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. (R only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120 or consent of department. Three hours each week.
 
 ARTD-Arts BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci. HUMD-Humanities NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab [M] - Multicultural
CE -- Credit by Exam available (...only) -- offered only on indicated campus(es) G - Germantown R - Rockville TP - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
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FS 221PRINC OF CODE ENFORCEMENT3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Provides students with the fundamental knowledge of the role of code enforcement in a comprehensive fire prevention program. (R and T only) PREREQUISITES: FS 101, FS 107, FS 112, and FS 216 or consent of department. Three hours each week.
 
FS 222FIRE PLANS REVIEW3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Provides for the application of fire codes and standards in developing an understanding of a building's fire protection features including the design of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection, and egress arrangements through the evaluation of 2D drawings and schematics. (R and T only) PREREQUISITES: FS 112, FS 212, FS 216, and FS 221, or consent of department. Three hours each week.
 
FS 223FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATION3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Provides information relating to the field of fire and life safety education. (R and T only) PREREQUISITE: FS 107 or consent of department. Three hours each week.
 
FS 225FIRE INVESTIGATION I3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: 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 firesetter, and types of fire causes. (R only) Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120. Three hours each week.
 
 ARTD-Arts BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci. HUMD-Humanities NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab [M] - Multicultural
CE -- Credit by Exam available (...only) -- offered only on indicated campus(es) G - Germantown R - Rockville TP - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
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FS 226FIRE INVESTIGATION II3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Intended to provide the student with advance technical knowledge on rule of law, fire scene analysis, fire behavior, evidence collection and preservation, scene documentation, case preparation and testifying. (R only) PREREQUISITE: FS 225 or consent of department. Three hours each week.
 
FS 230ADV CONCEPTS STRUCT FIRE PROT3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Examines the principles and concepts for structural fire protection involving both fire resistance and the behavior (thermal strain, stress, and fatigue) of structural components during fire conditions. (R and T only) PREREQUISITES: FS 105 and FS 112. Assessment level: MA 090. Three hours each week.
 
FS 241PERF-BASED DESIGN FIRE PROT3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Examines performance-based design of a building or facility-based performance goals and objectives. Engineering analysis, scientific measurements, and quantitative assessment of alternatives against the design goals and objectives using accepted engineering tools, methodologies, and performance criteria will also be studied. (R and T only) PREREQUISITES: FS 105, FS 112 and FS 216. Assessment level: MA 090. Three hours each week.
 
FS 242HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN FIRE3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Provides fundamental information on human behavior as it relates to fire and mass casualties. Understanding human behavior as it relates to building design, evacuation, and fire department operations, and where populations are large or include the disabled or persons having limited mobility. (R and T only) PREREQUISITES: FS 105 and FS 112. Assessment level: MA 090. Three hours each week.
 
 ARTD-Arts BSSD-Behav. & Social Sci. HUMD-Humanities NSLD-Nat. Sci. with Lab NSND-Nat. Sci. NO lab [M] - Multicultural
CE -- Credit by Exam available (...only) -- offered only on indicated campus(es) G - Germantown R - Rockville TP - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
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FS 250FIRE PROTECTION INTERN3 semester hoursFS-Fire Science
Course Description: Students work for college credit in the professional setting of a fire protection agency, doing management or research-related work for such agencies at the federal, state, local government, or private sector level. (R only) PREREQUISITES: FS 101, FS 104, and FS 105, or consent of department. Minimum average of 110 hours work experience and 10 one-hour seminars per semester.