Fire Protection Systems
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the basic principles involved in the design and operation of existing suppression and detection systems found in most structures. Specific topics of discussion include portable extinguishers, dry chemical systems, extinguishing foams, fire detection systems, smoke detection systems and other related topics.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify different types of fire protection systems.
- Classify extinguishing foams and how they are used.
- Explain dry chemical systems and how they work.
- Explain the personnel hazards that should be considered before entering areas where high expansion foam systems are operating.
- Identify the basic properties of carbon dioxide.
- Verify the three components essential to both dry chemical and carbon dioxide extinguishing systems.
- Explain the environmental risk to the ozone layer created by Halon 1211 and 1301 emissions.
- Compare the four primary halogenated agents now being used as fire extinguishing agents.
- Appraise the changes produced by the use of Rapid Water and wetting agents in apparatus, equipment, tactics, and procedures.
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the local type of automatic fire alarm system as contrasted with the remote station type.
- Examine special systems that may be used for high hazard or special protection needs.
- Determine the purpose of automatic residential fire detection systems.
- Explain the diffusion flame fire phenomenon critical to the operation of thermal detection systems.
- Explain why a time delay factor is necessary for infrared flame detectors.
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