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Firefighter Agility and Fitness Preparation (FIRS 1100) - Physical ability testing methods. Rigorous training in skills and techniques needed in typical fire department physical ability tests.

Firefighter Certification I (FIRS 1301) - Firefighter safety and development. Includes Texas Commission on Fire Protection Rules and Regulations, firefighter safety, fire science, personal protective equipment, self contained breathing apparatus, and fire reports and records.

Firefighter Certification II (FIRS 1407) - Basic principles and skill development in handling fire service hose and ladders. Includes the distribution system of water supply, basic building construction, and emergency service communication, procedures, and equipment.

Firefighter Certification III (FIRS 1313) - Fire streams and pump operations as they relate to fundamental development of basic firefighter skills.

Firefighter Certification IV (FIRS 1319) - Equipment, tactics, and procedures used in forcible entry, ventilation, salvage, and overhaul. Preparation for certification as a basic firefighter.

Firefighter Certification V (FIRS 1423) - Ropes and knots, rescue procedures and techniques, and hazardous materials. Preparation for certification as a basic firefighter.

Firefighter Certification VI (FIRS 1329) - Fire inspection techniques and practices. Emphasis on fire cause determination. Includes fire protection systems, wild land fire, and pre-incident planning. Preparation for certification as a basic firefighter.

Firefighter Certification VII (FIRS 1433) - Simulated emergency operations and hands-on live fire training exercises, incident management procedures, and combined operations using proper extinguishing methods. Emphasis on safety.

Fire Instructor I (FIRT 2305) - Preparation of public safety personnel to effectively teach technical skills, techniques, and information.

Fire Chemistry (FIRT 1333) - Introduction to the chemical nature and properties of inorganic compounds as related to the fire service. Topics include fundamental laws of chemistry, states of matter, gas laws, chemical bonding, and thermodynamics with applications to various industrial processes.

Fire Protection Systems (FIRT 1338) - 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.

Fundamentals of Fire Protection (FIRT 1301) - Overview to 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 fire protection services, fire departments as part of local governments, laws and regulations affecting the fire service, fire service nomenclature, specific fire protection functions, and basic fire chemistry and physics. Includes introduction to fire protection systems and introduction to fire strategy and tactics.

Fire Prevention (FIRT 1307) - Study of local building and fire prevention codes. Emphasis on fire prevention inspections, practices, and procedures

Fire Administration I (FIRT 1309) - Introduction to the 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.

Fire Administration II (FIRT 1349) - In-depth study of fire service management as pertaining to budgetary requirements, administration, organization of divisions within the fire service, and relationships between the fire service and outside agencies.

Firefighting Strategies and Tactics I (FIRT 2309) - Analysis of the nature of fire problems and selection of initial strategies and tactics including an in-depth study of efficient and effective use of manpower and equipment to mitigate the emergency.

Firefighter Safety (FIRT 1319) - Study of firefighter occupational safety and health in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Building Codes and Construction (FIRT 1329) - Examination of building codes and requirements, construction types, and building materials. Topics include walls, floorings, foundations, and various roof types and the associated dangers of each.

Hazardous Materials I (FIRT 1315) - Study of the chemical characteristics and behavior of various materials. Topics include storage, transportation, handling hazardous emergency situations, and the most effective methods of hazard mitigation.

Internship (FIRT 2388) - A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer.

Fire & Arson Investigation (FIRT 1303) - In-depth study of basic fire and arson investigation practices. Emphasis on fire behavior principles related to fire cause and origin determination.