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Professor:John Eric Pearce
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


This course is 100% on line which means all learning, assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. will be conducted using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).  As you may already know, online courses provide amazing flexibility in allowing you to continue your education without traveling to campus several times per week.    This course is as rigorous as an on-campus course. 

Course Description

Provides an overview of fire protection and emergency
services; career opportunities in fire protection and
related fields; culture and history of emergency services;
fire loss analysis; organization and function of public
and private fire protection services; fire departments as
part of local government; laws and regulations affecting
the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire
protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics;
introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire
strategy and tactics and life safety initiatives

What to Expect in this Course

Course Overview
Why Study "Fire Protection and Emergency Services"
All fire officers need an accurate knowledge of building terms. However, the most important reason for
knowing building terms is safety. There are too many instances of fatalities that have occurred because
fire officers did not recognize construction elements and the conditions under which they are likely to
The study of fire technology is multifaceted. It involves the study of the complete fire protection system,
including fire department resources, private resources and systems, chemistry and physics of fire, safety,
fire department management, emergency management, the legal environment, and prevention.
This class will introduce the student to the concepts of the systems approach to fire protection by
presenting the system components of modern fire department responsibility, including suppression,
prevention, public education, emergency medical service, hazardous materials response, and urban
search and rescue.
The author of "Introduction to Fire Protection," the book we use in this class, has written it from the fire
fighter's view point, not the designer's or construction engineer's. He discusses in detail the many
obvious and not so obvious dangers inherent in fighting fires. Throughout this text, safety and
professionalism are stressed. Other concepts emphasized are incident effectiveness, customer service,
physical fitness, training, and fire prevention.
This class will review the entire book. There will also be PowerPoint Presentations that you will need to
review. Introduction to Fire Protection is not an easy course, where that you just read the material and
know everything there is to know about the fire service. The course project/paper will help to expand
your knowledge of the fire service and its complexities.

Types of Assessments

Evaluation Procedures:
Online Discussion/Quizzes Discussion participation and chapter quizzes 20%
Midterm Exam 20%
Research Paper/Project Refer to paper/project info sheet 30%
Final Exam 30%

Textbook Information

Please check the college bookstore website for the current course textbook(s) requirement.

Other Relevant Course Information

Successful students for this course are self-motivated and disciplined to ensure that assignments and course requirements are completed on time.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 03/01/2024 Sub#: 1730