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FSMT188 - Fire Prevention

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT188 Course ID: 2927 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigations, and fire and life safety education. Students can expect to define the national fire problem and its main issues; recognize the need for fire prevention as part of the overall mix of fire protection; recognize the need for fire prevention organizations, review minimum professional qualifications at state and national levels for fire inspectors, investigators, and public educators; define the elements of a plan review program; identify the laws, rules, codes, and other regulations regarding fire prevention; and discuss training, media, and public education programs for fire prevention.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

1. Describe the history and philosophy of fire prevention.

2. Describe the national fire problem and role of fire prevention.

3. Describe the impacts of code enforcement on life and property loss.

4. Describe fire prevention organizations and associations.

5. Define laws, rules, regulations, and codes relevant to fire prevention.

6. Define the functions of a fire prevention bureau.

7. Describe inspection practices and procedures.

8. List opportunities in professional development for fire prevention personnel.

9. Identify and describe the standards for professional qualifications for Fire Marshal, Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator.

Describe how you will evaluate your students for each graded activity.

Assignments: Graded through the use of an assignment rubric

Forum Assignments: Graded through the use of a forum rubric

Grades for this course will be based upon two grading instruments; weekly forums and two major assignments.

There are eight forum questions that are provided in the Forum Portion of the Classroom.

The grade scale for each of the evaluations are provided below:

Grade Instruments: Points % of Final Grade

Forums (8 at 5 points each) = 40%

Assignments (2 at 30 points each) = 60%

Total = 100%

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum 1 2.50 %
Forum 2 2.50 %
Forum 3 2.50 %
Forum 4 2.50 %
Forum 5 2.50 %
Forum 6 2.50 %
Forum 7 2.50 %
Forum 8 2.50 %
Fire Prevention Papers 80.00 %
Assignment 4 40.00 %
Assignment 8 40.00 %

Diamantes, David, Principles of Fire Prevention, Delmar Publishers, 2nd Edition, 2011.

America Burning (Available in Course Resource Folder)

America Burning Revisited (Available in Course Resource Folder)

America at Risk (Available in Course Resource Folder)

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.