FSF901 - Fire Safety Basics I

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Subject Title
Fire Safety Basics I

Subject Description
This subject covers the basics of fire science based on its chemical and physical properties. Topics include introduction to fire codes and standards, properties of and protection from hazardous and combustible materials, life safety, containment and compartmentation as related to building construction and extinguishing methods, limitations and effects on various combustibles.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Fire Safety Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the history of fire safety and explain the advancements and pertinent legislation used in the field today.

2. Describe the purpose of and practices used in fire prevention or fire inspection.

3. Demonstrate the use of the Ontario Fire Code and Ontario Building Code as they pertain to fire protection systems, alarm systems, smoke detection, and building construction.

4. Describe fire protection equipment and the requirements necessary to carry out home/commercial inspection.

5. Identify the different building construction materials as they relate to fire containment or fire spread.

6. Describe the purpose and function of pre-fire planning and the type of occupancies that should be incorporated in a pre-fire plan.

7. Describe the procedures to determine sources of water supply and reliability of delivery rates.

8. Demonstrate effective communication skills by producing written memos and reports along with effective verbal interaction in class.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Fire Inspection - Practices and Principles
  • Water Supplies for Fire Protection
  • Fire Cause Determination
  • Fixed Fire Protection Systems 

Mode of Instruction
In this subject students will be exposed to lectures, videos, guest speakers, case studies, and observational experiences as appropriate.  

Prescribed Texts
IFSTA Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement, 8th Edition, IFSTA, ISBN #: 9780879396053

2015 Fire Code Compendium (Ontario Fire Code)
Publisher: Orderline (Service Ontario Publications), ISBN# 9781460652244

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
As stated in Academic Policy, a student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject in order to earn a passing grade. Students who have not passed the term work may not be permitted to write the final examination. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of Academic Policy, available at Seneca registration offices.  

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments 40%
Mid-Term Exam 30%
Final Exam 30%

Approved by: Sandra Noble