Chabot College Fall 2003 Replaced Fall 2011


Chabot College Fall 2003

Replaced Fall 2011

Course Outline for Fire Technology 55


Catalog Description:

55 - Fire Protection Equipment and Systems 3 units

History and development of the Uniform Fire Code; features, design, and operations of fire alarm systems and smoke detection systems; means and adequacy of required exiting systems. Installation and maintenance of automatic, manual, and other private fire-extinguishing equipment, heat and smoke control systems, water or sprinkler supply, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

3 hours.

[Typical contact hours: 52.5]









Prerequisites or Advisory Skills:


Expected Outcomes for Students:

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to: describe organizations that provide information or service to fire protection systems; describe the requirements and distribution of standpipe systems; distinguish between types of standpipe systems and water supply requirements; list types, components, and operations of automatic sprinklers; compare detection and alarm control devices and systems; explain the history of the Uniform Fire Code and related standards; describe how the use of the Fire Code promotes consistency in the regulatory environment; compare smoke and fire movement in various types of construction and the relationship to systems and equipment;





10. define types, classifications and effectiveness ratings of fire extinguishers; list types, components and operations of fire protection system and equipment for special hazards; explain the application of hydraulic theory for fire protection. 11.

Course Content:

Fire cause and effect overview a. b. c.

Hazards of materials

Building construction

Heat and smoke control f. g. h. i. j. k. a. b. c. d. e.

Portable fire extinguishers a. Description and classification b. c.

Effectiveness and ratings

Distribution and installation d. Types: application, operation, inspection and maintenance

Characteristics of protection systems and equipment for special hazards

General arrangement and equipment for special hazards

Carbon dioxide systems

Dry chemical systems

Foam: protein, AFFF, class “A”

Foam: high expansion

Emulsifiers and chemical surfactant

Water spray systems

Insert gas blanketing

Halogenated hydrocarbon agent systems

Explosion suppression systems

Engineered and pre-engineered systems



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4. Public and private water supplies, equipment, and services for fire protection a. b. c.

Elementary principles of hydraulics

Water supplies for community fire protection

Fire protection requirements, public/private water systems d. Water supply testing fundamentals

Sprinkler protection a. b. c. d. e.

Types of sprinkler systems






Wet pipe

Dry pipe


Combined dry pipe and preaction

Deluge, high density, hydraulically designed systems

Standard installation requirements

Special hazards and installations conditions

Exposure protection

Plans review procedure c. d. e. f. g. h. f. g.

Inspection and testing procedures

Residential sprinkler systems

Protective signaling systems a. b.

Local signaling systems

Auxiliary signaling systems

Remote station systems

Proprietary systems

Emergency voice/alarm communications systems

Central station systems

Types of signals

Protective signaling system circuits


7. i. Interfacing with municipal signaling systems

Standpipe systems a. b. c.

Class I

Class II

Class III

8. d. Combined systems

Heat and smoke control systems a. b. c. d.

Fire doors, windows, and walls

Fire shutters

Smoke and fire dampers

Curtain boards e. f.

Smoke towers

Mechanical roof vents

Methods of Presentation:





Lecture and discussion

Slide projection

Video presentations

Field trips

Typical Assignments and Methods of Evaluating Student Progress:

Typical Assignements a. b. c.

Students in a group will list a type, component and operation of a specific sprinkler system

Student will present a typical fire prevention organization in a city of 200,000

Essay demonstrating knowledge of a standpipe system

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Written assignments

1) explain the basic duties of a fire inspector

2) define the types and classifications of fire extinguishers

Term paper

1) explain the history of the uniform essays: fire code, its related standards, and how it applies to you as a fire inspector

2) explain the different types of alarm control devices and systems

2. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress: a. Written assignment b. c.

Term paper

Quizzes d. Midterm and final examination

Textbook(s) (Typical):

Fire Prevention: Inspection & Code Enforcement, David Diamantes, Delmar Publishers, 2 nd

Edition, 2003

Uniform Fire Code , International Fire Code Institute, most current edition

Inspectors Guide , (Fire Prevention Officers Section), California Fire Chiefs Association, most current


Special Student Materials:


Revised: 11/16/02