Firefighter I (Requires Medical Clearance)
Old Course Code: FFI

Medical Clearance Required Before Course Start

Instructional Hours: 108.00


Objective: To provide students with the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively perform basic firefighting operations as part of a firefighting team.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to understand and apply the principles of fire behavior, building construction, water distribution systems, fixed fire protection systems, ventilation, hose streams, fire prevention and inspections, ladders, and rescue techniques. (NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications). A score of 70% or better is required on all course examinations. Students are required to achieve 100% satisfactory completion of all required skills and receive a satisfactory evaluation by the instructor. Students must successfully complete the final, written examination to be eligible to take the practical examination.

Course Content: Major topics covered in the course are the fire department organization, communications, the incident command system, ropes and knots, fire behavior, safety, fire prevention, personal protective equipment, fire extinguishers, respiratory protection, ventilation, hose lines, forcible entry, search and rescue procedures, and ladder and sprinkler systems.

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, audio/visual material, graded practical exercises, midterm and final examinations, series of practical examinations, and skills check off and homework assignments.

ACE Credit Recommendations:
Credit Recommendation: The ACE/CREDIT recommendation for this course is in the vocational certificate or lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fire Science Technology (11/94) (12/99) (10/04) (09/10).

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Note: If students have no previous fire training, they would enter the class at session 1. If students have completed Pre-Emergency Response Training between July 1, 1993 and June 30, 2000 or have completed Essentials of Firefighter IV, they could enter the class at session 7. If students have completed Pre-Emergency Response Training (57 hours completed after July 1, 2000) as part of a Firefighter I course, they could enter the class at session 21.

Certification: Upon successful completion, this course partially satisfies the professional certification requirements for:

  • Fire Fighter I