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FS 110 Fundamentals of Emergency Services • 3 Cr.


Intended for students desiring a career in the fire and emergency services. Course provides an overview of health, physical fitness, fire nomenclature, career opportunities, philosophy and history of fire protection/service, organization and function of public fire protection services as part of local government. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the components of the history and philosophy of the modern day fire service.
  • Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
  • Differentiate between fire service training and education; fire protection certificate program and a fire service degree program; and explain the value of education in the fire service.
  • List and describe the major organizations that provide emergency response service and illustrate how they interrelate.
  • Identify fire protection and emergency-service careers in both the public and in the private sector.
  • Synthesize the role of national, state and local support organizations in fire protection and emergency services.
  • Discuss and describe the score, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services.
  • Describe the common types of fire and emergency services facilities, equipment, and apparatus.
  • Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations.
  • Identify and explain the components of fire prevention including code enforcement, public information, and public and private fire protection systems.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000