Building Construction for the Fire Service

Building Construction for the Fire Service

Course Description

Couch Courses offers “ATCP2120 Building Construction for the Fire Service”, and is a self-paced, 45-hour online fire education course with continuous enrollment that forms part of the required course work for Florida Fire Officer 1Florida Fire Inspector 1, and Florida Fire Investigator 1. This course also gives the opportunity to work on your degree through our partnership with Columbia Southern University.

Couch Courses “ATCP2120 Building Construction for the Fire Service” course is not your typical building course. This course is designed to identify and familiarize students with the numerous and various types of building construction features and the hazards that they present in fire conditions. Students will discuss how fire codes and standards enforcement can influence fire spread, fire confinement, and building collapse.

Our students will also learn how construction elements of a building can affect the methods used for prevention, inspection, and fire detection, as well as the occupant and fire crew’s safety and fire suppression. This course will analyze construction standards and the policies to determine how these affect the way a building behaves when on fire, as well as familiarizes the students with building construction industry definitions and terminology.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand how construction, interior furnishings, interior finishes, and fire doors affect the behavior of fires
  • Understand what determines the foundation type and design with regards to load, surface materials, and settling
  • Discern what considerations are involved when wood as a material is used in building construction
  • Discern various masonry products and their use in buildings and building construction
  • Comprehend steel, including its properties and where it is commonly used in buildings
  • Comprehend how a building’s construction can influence fire spread, fire containment, and types of structural collapse
  • Comprehend significant and vital life safety issues relating to building construction
  • Comprehend conditions and circumstances that are associated with buildings that are being demolished, expanded, remodeled, or are in the construction phase
  • Comprehend how and why structures can collapse under impact from forces of nature, as well as the importance of building codes to ensure that buildings can more effectively withstand these forces
  • Comprehend concrete, including its characteristics and how it is commonly used in buildings
  •  Comprehend building systems for moving people and materials, electrical units, smoke control, HVAC, and more, and how they relate to fire suppression and firefighting activities
  • Thoroughly understand construction history, specifically construction process and design features, and their impacts on fire services
  • Understand how fire resistance impacts both building construction and types of building classifications
  • Understand the forces and loads those buildings are subjected to and how these forces and loads will affect structural systems and components
  • Accurately identify potential hazards caused by fire and gravity
  • Prevent or minimize injury from assault by hazards such as fire and gravity
  • Understand roofing and roofing support systems, the materials they are made of, and how they can impact firefighting activities
  • Understand how the construction of irregular buildings, such as underground buildings, high-rise buildings, atriums, prisons and jails, and membrane structures will impact firefighting and life safety
In addition to enrolling in this course, students must have:
  • Building Construction Related to the Fire Service, (3rd ed), IFSTA – ISBN: 978-0-87939-696-1.
  • NOTE: This book is not included with your purchase of this course, but can be purchased through technical bookstores or online
  • NOTE: Before purchasing any textbooks, ensure that you are using the correct ISBN as there may be several versions of the title available, depending on customization requirements for individual schools.
  • A high-speed internet connection

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