An in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment, pre-planning fire problems, extinguishing agents and fire command and control procedures on the fire ground. Topics include a review of fire chemistry, methods of fire attack, rescue, exposure protection, confinement, overhaul, ventilation, property conservation, post fire analysis and command procedures.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the history of fire service strategy and tactics.
  2. Describe the relationship between firefighter health and safety and strategy and tactics.
  3. Describe the need for an incident management system.
  4. Describe the components of effective fire-ground communication and control including; the purpose of size-up; three incident priorities; role of strategic goals, tactical objectives and methods in incident priorities; action planning; and decision making.
  5. Identify and discuss the components of the different types of construction.
  6. Compare and contrast the: fire triangle, fire tetrahedron, classes of fires, stages of fire growth, methods of heat transfer, smoke behavior, and the relationship between fire dynamics, strategies and tactics.
  7. Distinguish and outline phases of pre-incident planning as well as various occupancy classifications and identification of building types.
  8. Discuss the various fire-extinguishing agents, types of fire they are used to extinguish, fire-ground flow requirements and calculations, and the different types and uses of nozzles for fire extinguishment.
  9. Describe built-in fire protection systems including; water control valves, fire department connections, sprinklers, standpipes, and special extinguishing agents, and the need for fire department support of said  systems.
  10. Describe the responsibilities and functions of the engine and the ladder companies, the ways  water can be delivered to an incident and considerations for apparatus placement.
  11. Describe the types of building construction and hazards associated with one and two family dwellings as well as the strategic goals and tactical objectives for responding to a residential fire.
  12. Describe the general strategic goals and tactical objectives for multiple-family dwellings as well as the firefighting considerations for specific types of multiple-family dwellings.
  13. Describe the strategic goals and tactical objectives for fighting fires in commercial structures, as well as the firefighting considerations applicable to these structures.
  14. Describe the general hazards, strategic and tactical firefighting objectives for assembly occupancies.
  15. Describe the construction features, hazards, strategic goals, and tactical objectives applicable to fires in high-rise buildings.
  16. Describe the strategic goals, tactical objectives and firefighting considerations applicable the various types of passenger, commercial, transportation and recreational vehicles, construction equipment and buses.
  17. Describe the different types of wildland fires and their associated hazards, the impact of the wildland-urban interface (WUI) as well as strategic goals and tactical objectives specific to wildland fires.
  18. Describe the strategic goals, tactical objectives and firefighting considerations for incidents involving hazardous materials, ships, railcars, aircraft, bulk storage facilities and historical buildings.
  19. Describe the purpose of termination plans, formal and informal post-incident analysis, and the critical incident stress management (CISM) system.
  20. Demonstrate through group activities fire-ground management concepts, strategic goals and tactical objectives to simulated fires in single and multiple-family dwellings and commercial buildings.



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