Course descriptions index


Fire Science


FIRE F101 Principles of Emergency Services

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Overview of fire protection, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, philosophy and history of fire protection/service. Fire loss analysis, organization and function of public and private protection services. Fire departments as part of local government, laws and regulations affecting fire services, fire service nomenclature, specific fire protection functions. Basic fire chemistry and physics, introduction to fire protection systems and introduction to fire strategy and tactics. Special fees apply. (3+0)


FIRE F105 Fire Prevention

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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 investigation, and fire and life-safety education. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F107 Strategy and Tactics

3 Credits     Offered Spring

The principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment and extinguishing agents on the fire ground. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F110 Introduction to Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Review of federal and state hazardous materials laws and regulations. Career opportunities related to the field of hazardous materials including transportation, emergency response, site clean up and Incident Command System (ICS). Special fees apply. (3+0)


FIRE F111 Supervision and Management for Emergency Services

3 Credits

Review of management, organization, planning and supervision to meet the needs of emergency services. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101 or instructor permission. (3+0)


FIRE F115 Fire Apparatus and Equipment

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Fire apparatus design, specifications and performance capabilities, effective use of apparatus in fire emergencies. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F117 Rescue Practices

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Rescue situations and techniques including vehicle extrication, rescue carries, ventilation principles, structural rescue, use of portable hand and power tools, wildland/canine search and rescue, ice and water rescue and emergency life saving principles. Also offered Pass/Fail as FIRE F117P. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: EMS F170, or permission of instructor. All students are required to wear a complete set of fire department-approved protective clothing (turnout gear). Limited quantities are available for loan through the emergency services program coordinator. An eight-hour personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus safety orientation must be completed in order to participate in live fire exercises. (3+0)


FIRE F121 Fire Behavior and Combustion

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. Special fees apply. (3+0)


FIRE F123 Fire Investigations I

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the firesetter and types of fire causes. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F127 Vessel Safety: Emergency Equipment, Procedures and Drills

1 Credit     Offered Fall

Introduction to safe boating practices and skills including boat handling, rules of navigation, proper safety equipment, weather, boat trailering, lines and knots, first aid and emergency procedures. Graded Pass/Fail. Special fees apply. (1+0)


FIRE F131 Firefighter I, Series I

3 Credits     Offered Spring, As Demand Warrants

The initial phase in a four-phase process for achieving State of Alaska Fire Fighter I certification. Fundamental knowledge of fire behavior, fire organizations, types of fire equipment emergency response services possess and methods of their use. Successful completion of all four phases will qualify the student for Alaska State Fire Fighter I certification. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: All students are required to wear a complete set of fire department approved protective clothing (turnout gear). Limited quantities are available for loan through the Emergency Services Program coordinator. (3+0)


FIRE F133 Firefighter I, Series II

3 Credits     Offered Fall, As Demand Warrants

The second phase in a four-phase process for achieving State of Alaska Fire Fighter I certification. Fundamental knowledge of fire behavior, fire organizations, types of fire equipment emergency response services possess and methods of their use. Successful completion of all four phases will qualify the student for Alaska State Fire Fighter I certification. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: All students are required to wear a complete set of fire department approved protective clothing (turnout gear). Limited quantities are available for loan through the emergency services program coordinator. An 8 hour Personal Protective equipment (PPE) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) safety orientation offered each semester must be completed in order to participate in live fire exercises. (2+2)


FIRE F135 Firefighter I, Series III

3 Credits     Offered Fall, As Demand Warrants

The third phase in a four-phase process for achieving State of Alaska Fire Fighter I certification. Fundamental knowledge of fire behavior, fire organizations, types of fire equipment emergency response services possess and methods of their use. Successful completion of all four phases will qualify the student for Alaska State Fire Fighter I certification. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: All students are required to wear a complete set of fire department approved protective clothing (turnout gear). Limited quantities are available for loan through the Emergency Services program coordinator. An 8 hour Personal Protective equipment (PPE) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) safety orientation is offered each semester and must be completed in order to participate in live fire exercises. (2+2)


FIRE F137 Firefighter I, Series IV

3 Credits     Offered Spring, As Demand Warrants

The final phase in a four-phase process for achieving State of Alaska Fire Fighter I certification. Fundamental knowledge of fire behavior, fire organizations, types of fire equipment emergency response services possess and methods of their use. Successful completion of all four phases will qualify the student for Alaska State Fire Fighter I certification. Special fees apply. (3+0)


FIRE F143 Firefighter Internship, Series 1

1 Credit     Offered Fall

Practical experience in fire operations and training by arrangement through local fire departments. Graded Pass/Fail. Special fees apply. (0+2)


FIRE F145 Firefighter Internship, Series 2

1 Credit     Offered Spring, As Demand Warrants

Practical experience in fire operations and training by arrangement through local fire departments. Graded Pass/Fail. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F143. (0+2)


FIRE F147 Firefighter Internship, Series 3

1 Credit     Offered Spring, As Demand Warrants

Practical experience in fire operations and training by arrangement through local fire departments. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F145. (0+2)


FIRE F151 Wildland Fire Control I

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Designed to provide national certification for entry-level and experienced fire fighters with fundamental knowledge of wildland fire organization, fire behavior, air operations, suppression methods, safety and the incident command system. Successful course completion combined with national age and physical fitness requirements will qualify the student for an interagency fire qualification card (red card) with a rating of Firefighter (FFT2). Special fees apply. (3+0)


FIRE F153 Advanced Wildland Firefighter

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Designed to provide national certification for advanced wildland firefighters with knowledge of portable pumps and water use, chainsaws, preliminary fire investigation and the duties and responsibilities of the squad boss. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151 or instructor permission. (2.5+1)


FIRE F155 Wildland Fire Behavior

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Fire behavior knowledge necessary to determine basic input data for fire behavior calculations such as rate of spread, fire line intensity, flame length and area/perimeter growth using fire behavior prediction systems. Prepare fire perimeter maps, assess and predict chances of extreme fire behavior conditions, assess fire line data and fire behavior estimations, identify fire suppression limitations, and make recommendations for fire line location and safe control tactics. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F157 Wildland Air Operations and Safety

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Basic use of aircraft in wildland fire operations including helicopter operations, types and capacities, helibase/helispot construction, logistics support and specialized missions. Fixed wing operations include establishment of air bases, retardant operations, aircraft fueling and paracargo support. Emphasis on aviation safety. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F159 Wildland Fire Operations Function

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Overview of the operations function including organization; implementation of the incident action plan; tactical use of crews, engines and bulldozers; appointment of supervisors in accordance with span of control; use of fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft and fire operations in the urban interface. Functional position of single resource boss/crew covered. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151; FIRE F153; FIRE F155; FIRE F157; FIRE F254; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F161 Wildland Fire Logistics Function

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Overview of the support and service branches of the logistics function within the incident command system. Emphasis on entry-level positions of ordering manager, receiving and distribution manager, base camp manager, equipment manager and medical unit leader. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F165 Wildland Fire Planning Function

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

An overview of the planning process, organizational relationships with other functions, use of planning matrix board, check-in and resource status procedures, evaluation, analysis and display of incident information, documentation, demobilization, use of technical specialist and components of an incident action plan. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F202 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and their application to analyze and solve water supply problems. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101; DEVM F060 or placement into DEVM F105; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F203 Hazardous Materials Chemistry I

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Basic fire chemistry relating to most categories of hazardous materials including problems of recognition, reactivity and health risks encountered by fire fighters. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Satisfactory demonstration of basic chemistry knowledge (pretest) or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F205 Hazardous Materials Chemistry II

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Chemistry review of common hazardous materials. Control, confinement and containment operations with an emphasis on decontamination procedures. Basic incident command system instruction. Meets requirements of the operations level, first responder to hazardous materials incidents. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F203; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F206 Building Construction for Fire Protection

3 Credits     Offered Spring

The components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety. Focuses on fire fighter safety. Includes elements of construction and design of structures shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations and operating emergencies. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101 or employment or experience in related field, such as fire protection, insurance, construction architecture, or engineering. (3+0)


FIRE F207 Hazardous Materials Technician

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Advanced information for protection and safety of personnel engaged in response and field cleanup of hazardous materials and substances at the hazardous materials technician level (EPA course #165.15). Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE 205 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F209 Hazardous Materials Command/Safety Officer

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Preparation for Incident Commander and the Safety Officer positions on complex hazardous materials incidents or large site cleanup operations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F207 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F210 Fire Administration I

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis on fire service leadership from the perspective of the company officer. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101 or permission of instructor. (3+1)


FIRE F212 Building and Fire Codes

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Introduction to life safety aspects of the uniform building code. Emphasis on uniform fire code for fire inspections on existing buildings, flammable liquids, hazardous materials and special processes. Preparation for the uniform fire code exam administered by the International Conference of Building Officials. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101; FIRE F206; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F214 Fire Protection Systems

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Features of design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems, heat and smoke control systems, special protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F101 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F215 Advanced Hazardous Materials Technician

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Provides increased hands-on skills for personnel with a hazardous materials technician rating. Emphasis will be placed on task proficiency in spill containment, plugging, patching, diking and valve shut-offs on large commercial transporters. Stabilization of large and small chlorine leaks and decontamination will also be covered. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F207 or permission of instructor. (2+2)


FIRE F216 Methods of Instruction for Emergency Services Training

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Skills necessary to instruct emergency service courses including adult education techniques, classroom setup, use of audiovisual equipment, presentation, and evaluation methods of students and instruction. Special fees apply. (3+0)


FIRE F217 Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher

1 Credit     Offered As Demand Warrants

Information and skills required for protection and safety of personnel engaged in response and field cleanup of hazardous materials and substances at the hazardous materials technician level. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F206 or equivalent with certification that may not be expired for more than one calendar year. (1+0)


FIRE F218 Advanced Rescue Practices

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Provides instruction in four of the most common rescue situations that fire departments encounter in an Interior Alaska rescue: vehicular extrication, rope rescue, confined space rescue and ice/water rescue. Class stresses basic knowledge and hands-on experience. All students are required to wear a complete set of fire department-approved protective clothing (turnout gear). Limited quantities are available for loan through the Emergency Services Program Coordinator. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F117; EMS F170; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F231 Hazardous Materials Tactical Operations

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Tactical operations involving hazardous materials at fixed facilities as well as transportation incidents involving flammable and combustible liquids, corrosives, poisons, cryogenics, oxidizers, LPG, etiological materials, etc. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F207 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F232 Fire Fighter II

3 Credits     Offered Summer, As Demand Warrants

Advanced technical study of fire alarms, communications, fire behavior, self-contained breathing apparatus, rescue, safety, ladders, fire hose, nozzles and appliances, fire streams, water supplies, sprinklers, overhaul and inspections. All students are required to wear a complete set of fire department approved protective clothing (turnout gear). Limited quantities are available for loan through the emergency services program coordinator. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F131; FIRE F133; FIRE F135; FIRE F137; or permission of instructor. Note: An eight-hour personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus safety orientation must be completed in order to participate in live fire exercises. (2+2)


FIRE F244 Firefighter Internship, Series 4

1 Credit     Offered Fall

Practical experience in fire operations and training by arrangement through local fire departments. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F145 or FIRE F147. (0+2)


FIRE F246 Firefighter Internship, Series 5

1 Credit     Offered Spring

Practical experience in fire operations and training by arrangement through local fire departments. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F244. (0+2)


FIRE F248 Firefighter Internship, Series 6

1 Credit     Offered Summer, As Demand Warrants

Practical experience in fire operations and training by arrangement through local fire departments. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F246. (0+2)


FIRE F249 Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Assistance to emergency planners and first responders to plan for and safely handle chemical accidents through use of a computer. CAMEO contains chemical nomenclature and response information for 3,311 commonly transported chemicals. Special fees apply. (2.5+1)


FIRE F252 Wildland Fire Prevention

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Overview of wildland fire prevention including data collection, problem identification, problem analysis, action planning, fire reporting, fire cause determination, enforcement of laws and ordinances, public fire education, and the economics of fire prevention. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151; FIRE F153; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F254 Wildland Fire Finance Function

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Fire business management objectives, including duties and responsibilities of a fire finance section relating to management practices and programs. Procedures required in various finance positions including financial management of a large complex wildland fire. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151; FIRE F153; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F256 Wildland Fire Planning and Multiple Use Management

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Fire management and its role in a multiple use resource program. Includes prescribed and wildfire practices, environmental concerns, management goals and objectives, and pre-fire planning. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151; FIRE F153; FIRE F155; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F258 Wildland Fuels Management

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Use of fire as a resource management tool. Natural and prescribed fire planning. Development and procedures to meet management objectives, components for conducting safe, prescribed burning. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151; FIRE F153; FIRE F155; FIRE F158; FIRE F262; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F262 Wildland Fire Control II

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Instruction in tactical operations of fire line construction. Use of hand crews, heavy equipment, water and engines, firing operations, wildland/urban interface and using combinations of resources. Advanced level course for trained and experienced wildland fire fighters. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151; FIRE F155; FIRE F153; FIRE F157; FIRE F159; FIRE F254; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


FIRE F270 Wildland Fire Command Function

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

An overview of the command function including use of single and unified command, roles and responsibilities of the incident commander and staff, development and implementation of strategic decisions, providing information to the media, and managing the incident from initial attack of small, non-complex fires to larger, more complex initial attack suppression organizations dealing with escape attack situations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: FIRE F151; FIRE F153; FIRE F155; FIRE F252; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


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