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Fire Science I Syllabus

by Robert Brown


Grundy Area Vocational Center



Fire Science I, First Semester   Syllabus

August 17, 2010




The Fire Science I course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the fire protection career field and to prepare the fire science student for entry into the Fire Science II program.  It is, further, intended to prepare the student for entry into a State approved firefighter certification program and/or a college or university Fire Technology degree program. 

The curriculum is based on the standards established by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office, the National Fire Protection Association, the National Fire Academy, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Health, and the Fire and Emergency Services National Professional Development Model.  Students will learn about a variety of career choices available within the field of fire protection, and the knowledge, skills and abilities which are required of each.  The course of study will include the following:  principles of emergency services (3 credits); fire alarms and detection systems; fire behavior; fire streams; fire suppression and control; ropes and knots; communications; fire apparatus; firefighter safety; personal protective equipment; self-contained breathing apparatus; the incident command system; work ethics; and human relations.



To accomplish this, the student will meet the learning objectives for the following topics:

1.    Fire Technology Education and the Firefighter Selection Process.

2.    Fire Protection Career Opportunities.

3.    Public Fire Protection.

4.    Fire Behavior (Chemistry and physics of fire).

5.    Public and Private Support Organizations.

6.    Fire Department Resources and Administration.

7.    Training.

8.    Fire Prevention.

9.    Codes and Ordinances.

10.  Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.

11.  Emergency Incident Management and Emergency Operations.

12.  Building Construction.



Essentials of Fire Fighting, 5th edition, IFSTA.

ISBN 978-0-13-515111-2 


Introduction to Fire Protection, 3rd edition, 2007, Delmar.

ISBN 13: 978-1-4180-0177-3

Robert W. Klinoff


Location:                                          Instructor:  Chief Robert Brown

Morris Fire Protection District           Phone/Fax:  (815) 942-4390/942-6650

Station 2                                           E-Mail:  rbrown@gavc-il.org


Class Meets:

MTWRF                                             Aug. 17 – Dec 17, 2010

3rd TB


Quiz and Review for Quarter Exams – Friday, October 1, 2010

Quarter Exams – Monday, October 4, 2010 (Introduction to Fire Protection)


Quiz and Review for Semester Exams – Friday, December 3, 2010

Semester Exams – Monday, December 6, 2010


Grading Scale




93 – 100


85 – 92


77 – 84


70 – 76






Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with respect to the student’s academic performance:

  1. cheating on an exam,
  2. collaborating with others on work to be presented, if not specifically allowed,
  3. submitting, work previously submitted in another course,
  4. knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above actions
  5. plagiarism





Students are expected to attend all courses and course activities for which they are registered.  Any class meeting missed, regardless of cause, reduces the opportunity for learning and may adversely affect a student’s achievement in the course.  Absences may affect a student’s grade, in accordance with Center policy. Students who are tardy to class will be penalized according to the Professional Development Rubric.


Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines

Students must demonstrate respect for teachers, staff, and fellow students.  Behavior that is disruptive to a positive learning environment will not be tolerated.


Minimum dress for Students 

Dress for students in the classroom setting shall be business casual (no shorts, offensive t-shirts, or open-toe shoes).  Hats may not be worn inside any Center building, and if worn outdoors must be worn properly (ball caps facing forward not sideways or backward, etc.)  Students will not be allowed to continue in the class until dressed appropriately. 

Jewelry is not permitted to be worn in the field setting.  (The field setting is defined as anytime class is conducted outside the classroom). 



Support Services

Students with learning or other disabilities are advised, in compliance with federal and state laws, that accommodations and services are available through the office of Support Services.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Support Services Specialist at the Center and to submit appropriate documentation prior to receiving services.


Support Services Specialist               Mrs. Jordan   (815) 942-4390,  Ext. 223



Eating, Drinking and Smoking

Eating and drinking are confined to break areas.  No food or drink allowed in the classroom, with the exception of water.  Smoking is not permitted in any Center building.


Student Responsibility Policy

When a student attends the Center, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner, in all areas of campus life.  By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the Center and are responsible for observing all Center policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, and other Center publications.  The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments on time.


Websites of Interest

Bureau of Labor Statistics (Jobs)       http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos329.htm

GAVC Home Page                                http://www.gavc-il.org 

JJC Home Page                                   http://www.jjc.edu 

National Fire Academy                        http://www.usfa.dhs.gov

National Fire Protection Assn.            http://www.nfpa.org

IFSTA (Textbook publisher)                 http://www.ifsta.org



Student Driving and Parking

Driving and parking on campus is restricted.  Refer to the Student Handbook for details.


Dual-credit withdrawal policy

The last day to withdraw from a JJC dual-credit course this term with a “W” grade is November 23, 2010.  It is the responsibility of the student to complete and submit the necessary forms to the Registrar’s Office at the College.  An official withdrawal would entitle the student to a grade of “W” in the course.  All students who are on the roster after that date will receive an earned grade.


GAVC Administration

Mr. Copes, Director

Mr. Hulbert, Assistant Director

Mrs. Smallwood, Dean of Students




This syllabus is not intended to be a complete guide to policies or procedures.  Please refer to the Grundy Area Vocational Center Student Handbook, the Fire Science Program General Orders and/or the Fire Science Program Honor Code for clarification or further information.  Dates and times are tentative.



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