After successfully completing this course, you will be able to
CO-1: Understand why building construction, using proper building construction terminology and preplanning are important for fire ground safety.
CO-2: Identify the variety of forces buildings are subjected to, the different types of loads and how they are applied to buildings, structural members such as columns, beams and walls, and the variety of structural connections and how they behave in a fire.
CO-3: Identify and describe basis regulations that apply to building construction projects, the roles of building construction and design teams, the hazards to firefighters during the construction, renovation and demolition of a building, and the different types of materials used in the construction of buildings.
CO-4: Explain the history and basis for building codes and the differences between fire and building codes as well as identifying other construction codes and standards and important fire protection features in building codes.
CO-5: Understand the basic concepts of fire protection and building construction, the basics of fire behavior, including fire spread, the ways in which smoke and fire containment is achieved and the various types of fire protection systems.
CO-6: Identify and describe six types of wood frame structures classified as Type V construction, the differences between balloon frame and platform frame, trusses, fire- stopping and draft-stopping, fire behavior when engineered and manufactured woods are involved and the types of wood siding and roofing materials.
CO-7: Identify and describe the differences between mill and heavy timber (Type IV construction), slow-burning, and the hazards of vacant heavy timber buildings and structures under demolition.
CO-8: Understand the details of ordinary construction and how fire spreads through void spaces of ordinary construction as well as recognizing collapse indicators and how masonry walls act as fire barriers.
CO-9: Understand the differences between noncombustible and fire-resistive construction and identify the different types of steel building components, their characteristics and the hazards associated with each.
CO-10: Describe different types of concrete structural systems, the methods of fireproofing steel and ensuring a level fire resistance in concrete as well as how compartmentation works to prevent the spread of fire.
CO-11: Explain the unique design and construction details found in buildings based on occupancy type, how occupancy specific building code requirements dictate particular safety features and how occupancy specific affect firefighting operations.
CO-12: Explain the various types of collapse, the specific basic competencies all fire fighters should have to perform at a structural collapse and apply risk analysis to fire-ground safety.