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FCA 115
Advanced Firefighting

Credits: 9
Clock Hours per Quarter: 150

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30    Lab Hours:120

This course is taught according to the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is the final segment in the FCA 111 and FCA 115 series. The course expands on the topics covered in FCA 111 Fundamentals of Firefighting and will include hydraulics, sprinkler systems, fire prevention education, investigation, and multi-company operations. Upon completion of this segment, the student will be able to take the test for Level 1 Firefighter conducted by the WA State Fire Protection Bureau. Those who successfully complete the test will receive a certificate from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) that is recognized in 35 states and 19 countries. Prerequisite: FCA 111 or instructor permission.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Recall course material covered in the fundamentals and intermediate courses.
  • Discuss the hydraulic principles that apply in order to supply water for firefighting purposes on the fire ground.
  • Describe advanced hose evolutions and master streams.
  • Recognize the appropriate fire suppression foam type and proper applications methods for various fires.
  • Explore the different types of automatic sprinkler systems.
  • Provide an introduction to fire prevention education and discuss the different prevention programs that exist within the fire service.
  • Describe the role of the firefighter in the initial stages of fire cause determination and investigation.
  • Describe a large incident involving multi-company operations.
  • Demonstrate advanced ventilation techniques.
  • Describe forcible entry techniques.
  • Recognize and demonstrate different ropes and knots used in the fire service.
  • Recognize and demonstrate the skills, tools, and techniques used in salvage and overhaul.

  • Course Topics
  • Review of fundamental skills
  • Advanced ventilation
  • Search and rescue
  • Forcible entry techniques
  • Ropes and knots
  • Techniques for salvage and overhaul
  • Hydraulics
  • Hose evolutions
  • Fire suppression systems
  • Fire prevention education
  • Fire investigation

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    FCA 115
    Spring 2003

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.