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FS 152 Building Construction • 3 Cr.


Provides the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety. Elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting building, pre-planning and operating at emergencies. Prerequisite: FS 110 or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, buildings codes, fire prevention, code inspection and firefighting strategy and tactics.
  • Classify major types of building construction.
  • Analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building construction.
  • Explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships.
  • Identify the principle structure components of buildings and demonstrate an understanding of then functions of each.
  • Differentiate between fire resistance and flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each.
  • Classify occupancy designations of the building code.
  • Identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety.Identify and analyze the causes involved in the line duty firefighter deaths related to structural and wild land 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