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FS 137 Fire Protection • 3 Cr.


Surveys fire alarm protection systems and water-type fire extinguishing sprinkler systems for special hazards. Students visit local facilities using various fire protection equipment and systems and learn to make critical appraisals.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures.
  • Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system including sources, distribution networks, piping and hydrants.
  • Explain why water is a widely used extinguishing agent and describe how water extinguishes fires.
  • Identify the different types and components of sprinkler, standpipe and foam systems.
  • Define the benefits of residential sprinkler legislation.
  • Identify five different types of non-water based fire suppression systems and describe how these systems extinguish fire.
  • Describe the basic components of a fire alarm system.
  • Identify three different types of detectors and explain how they detect fire.
  • Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building.
  • Recognize the appropriate application of the different types of sprinklers.
  • Explain the operation and appropriate application for the different types of portable fire extinguishing systems.
  • Identify and analyze the causes involved in the line of duty firefighter deaths related to structural and wildland firefighting, training and research and the reduction of emergency risks and accidents.

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