For all that we do as firefighters to save lives and property, we cannot reverse the damage a fire does after it’s started.
Fortunately, civilization has come a long way since the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871—when fires within highly concentrated cities meant huge death tolls and the loss of countless buildings, along with everything inside them.
Now, 21st century fire prevention techniques are a firefighter’s very first tools in our mission. Whether it’s architectural considerations and fire-resistant building materials, occupancy restrictions or fireload, today’s society comes with a number of standards for fire prevention.
Among the many courses and training modules needed to achieve the Firefighter II certification (aka the Florida firefighter “minimum standards course” for employment), Couch Courses’ online Fire Prevention course teaches all of the many techniques currently used (and those used in the last 20 years or so) to reduce the chances of a fire starting in the first place.
This course will not only familiarize you with fire prevention techniques and how they work; it will teach you how to perform basic fire inspection duties so that you can ensure structures and/or events are adhering to fire prevention standards.
What is Fire Prevention?
Fire prevention addresses the many ways a fire might start and how it might spread in a number of scenarios. Fire prevention practices include the initial steps taken in any infrastructure to prevent fires, as well as jurisdictional fire codes and fire prevention procedures for inspecting and adhering to those codes.
Fire prevention considerations include:
- Construction and renovation plan analysis
- Occupancy classifications and occupancy load calculation
- Evaluating hazardous conditions
- Recognizing hazardous fire growth potential
- Analyzing means of egress (exit routes)
- Analyzing emergency access
- Compiling inspection reports
- Communicating inspection plan reviews
- Verifying code compliance across all of these areas
Fire Prevention Course Requirements
Couch Courses Fire Prevention is an online course totaling 45 hours of required online learning.
Why Should I Take the Florida Firefighter Fire Prevention Course?
Fire Prevention Practices is a requirement for achieving the Florida Fire Officer II certification, as well as the Florida Fire Inspector I certification.
Couch Courses’ offerings have all been approved by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Therefore, this course represents a significant lynch pin in your career as a Florida Firefighter. Completion of this Couch Courses class can also be converted to an accredited three-hour course credit for FIR 2305 Introduction to Fire Prevention at Colombia Southern University.
Additionally, fire prevention remains a vital aspect of the Florida firefighter’s job.
The moment a fire starts, it immediately begins its damage. That damage can escalate before anyone knows the fire has even started, much less before emergency services have been notified. The delay between a fire starting and first responders’ arrival is often an inevitable reality, but the damage that can be done in that time can be devastating.
Moreover, when a fire spreads before it can be addressed, it creates an even more dangerous scenario for firefighters when they do arrive to do their job.
Therefore, fire prevention means saving firefighter lives. It’s as simple as that.
So much of public perception equates firefighter jobs with stopping fires after they start. However, to truly minimize the damage a fire does, we must work to stop the fire from ever starting in the first place.