Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Catalog


FIRE 110 Fire Prevention
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course will introduce students to an important function of any progressive fire department - fire prevention. Major topics include fire prevention inspection techniques, the importance of code enforcement procedures, and developing public fire education programs.

FIRE 111 Building Construction
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Students will explore the methods and materials used to construct buildings, how the design and engineering of a structure can influence smoke and fire travel, and how the structural integrity of a building is affected by fire. The safety of building occupants and firefighters is emphasized.

FIRE 112 Fire Service Tactics
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course will examine modern firefighting techniques used to effectively mitigate a variety of incidents. Students will review different tactics related to general and specific fire situations. It is designed to prepare firefighters and fire officers to successfully execute strategical assignments from incident managers.

FIRE 210 Fire Cause Determination
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Firefighters and fire officers will learn how to determine the origin and cause of a fire. Identifying and preserving evidence, recognizing when the assistance of a more highly trained investigator is needed, and courtroom procedures will be discussed.

FIRE 211 Instructional Techniques
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course is a comprehensive approach to the basics of instructing and presenting. Students will study characteristics of adult learners, learn to identify training needs, develop outlines, and make presentations in class. The operation of audio-visual equipment will be demonstrated.

FIRE 212 Incident Management
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) The emphasis of this course is to provide firefighters and fire officers with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage incident operations. Classroom activities will focus on recognizing incident priorities and the ability to manage fire service personnel, equipment and other resources. Prerequisite: Michigan or Indiana Firefighter II and Haz-Mat Operations certification. FIRE 112 is recommended.

FIRE 278 Fire Science Internship
1-0-0 to 9-0-0 (Variable) Internship is a supervised on-the-job learning experience designed to provide students the opportunity to apply fire science competencies in a work environment. Prerequisite: Permission of the Fire Science Program Manager at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 269-488-4202, required. With some exceptions, students must have completed 75% of the coursework in the pursued degree/certificate program and have a grade point of 2.5 in the program and 2.0 overall.