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FS 160 Fire Tactics & Strategy • 3 Cr.


Reviews planning, implementation, and evaluation of basic fire tactics at the responding officer level. Students learn pre-fire planning, size-up, fire simulation, fire behavior, organizational structures, strategy, and resource requirements and allocation. Prerequisite: FS 110 or permission of advisor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate (verbally and written) knowledge of fire behavior and the chemistry of fire.
  • Articulate the main components of pre-fire planning and identify steps during a pre-fire plan review.
  • Recall the basics of building construction and how they interrelate to pre-fire planning.
  • Recall major steps taken during size-up and identify the order in which they take place at an incident.
  • Recognize and articulate the importance of fire ground communications.
  • Identify and define the main functions within the ICS system and how they interrelate during an incident.
  • Given different scenarios, the student will set up an ICS, call for appropriate resources and bring the scenario to a mitigated or controlled conclusion.
  • Identify and analyze the major causes involved In line of duty firefighter deaths related to health, wellness, fitness and vehicle operations.

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