Fundamental principles of fire chemistry and physics, and mechanisms that control enclosure fires. Topics include basic principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and combustion as far as those subjects relate to fire dynamics; ignition of liquids and solids; flame spread over liquid and solid surfaces and through porous fuel beds; burning rate; diffusion flames and plumes; combustion products; and compartment fires
Construction standards and codes to ensure acceptable levels of fire safety in buildings. Topics include anatomy of building construction, building construction features affecting fire performance, fundamentals of reading plans and specifications, the traditional code approach to passive fire protection, trade-offs between active and passive fire protection, concepts of rational fire design for structural members, and performance-based fire design as an alternative to traditionally prescriptive codes.
Typical industrial hazards encountered including: compressed gasses, chemicals, bio-toxins, radiation sources, boilers and ovens. Introductory concepts and methods of analysis of AC & DC circuits, electrical switchgear, and rotating machinery. Compliance & reporting issues in an industrial setting. Safety procedures and safety equipment will also be discussed in regards to working as a fire safety engineer.
An exploration of management and organizational principles with emphasis on controlling the risk associated with operations in the emergency services. In depth discussion of recognizing and controlling risk, personnel accountability, incident management systems and post-incident analysis as related to the emergency services. Critical analysis of private protection measures available to reduce loss potential.
Review of fire suppression, alarm, and smoke control systems. Topics include fixed and portable suppression systems, fire suppression agents and extinguishing mechanisms, fire detection devices, fire protective detection and signaling systems, smoke production in fires and principles of smoke movement and management.
Methods of solving fire safety engineering problems. Topics include enclosure fire radiation heat transfer calculations; calculations of vent flows in enclosure fires; estimating ignition, flame spread, and heat release rate properties of materials on the basis of experimental data; smoke filling of enclosures; and conduction heat transfer through fire protective materials.
Application of fire safety engineering technology in fire design and analysis of fires. Topics include computer modeling of compartment fires and emergency evacuation of buildings, structural fire design, sprinkler system design, performance-based design, and fire investigation and reconstruction.
ETFS 3611: Professional Leadership Seminar (1) (W, O)
This course is to provide a framework of executive-level competencies by focusing primarily on areas and issues of personal effectiveness. The issue of command perspective vs. a first line fire fighter perspective are examined. The course includes case study analysis, role-playing and experiential activities. Students will develop desirable goals in the areas of their professional, personal community, and family life. Course topics include leadership, multiple roles, decision skills, influencing leaders, coaching and mentoring, and effective use of personal computing.
This course focuses on the commanding officer's responsibility while conducting major operations involving multi-alarm units and man-made disasters that may require inter agency or jurisdictional coordination. Earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorism, hazardous materials releases, tornadoes, and floods are some of the topics covered. Emphasis is placed on rapid fireground decision making, advanced incident command, command and control, safety, personnel accountability, hazard preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, evacuation, sheltering and communications.
ETFS 4243: Research Investigation (3) (W, O)
Application of practical, up-to-date review of fire research and its application. The transfer of research and its implications for fire prevention and protection programs are addressed. Development of a student project and a written report in a specified area in fire administration or fire science technology with faculty supervision. Analytical modeling, technical research, oral and written reporting of progress and findings are required.
A study of management theories, leadership philosophies and strategies for the fire service. Emphasis in the course will be on planning, organizing staffing, and evaluating fire protection services. Public fire education, loss prevention principles, and management of resources particular to fire and emergency services are addressed. Discussion of techniques for assessment of public fire protection and its impact on the community and environment.
Principles of evaluating alternative engineering proposals. Compound interest formulas and applications, present worth, equivalent uniform annual value, rate of return, depreciation and depletion, economic feasibility of projects.
An introduction to state and local governments, politics, and policies in the United States. Particular attention is paid to state and local government in North Carolina.
The role of the administrator and public bureaucracy in modern democratic society, with emphasis on the interplay of forces created by executives, legislators, political parties, and interest groups. (Yearly)
The study of people at work; what motivates people to work and what leads to satisfaction, alienation, or performance; how to lead others; the structure of an organization and processes of communication, decision making, and conflict; socialization through selection and training; measurement of individual contributions; the design of work itself; ways to change; and develop entire organizations.
Prerequisite: PSYC 2171
Application of psychological principles to group and organizational levels of analysis, with emphasis on work teams and business organizations. Topics include group dynamics, teams and empowerment, organizational culture and diversity, and organization development and change.