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


This course is designed to provide Fire Technology or other interested students with the fundamentals, theories and specific principles of fire behavior, combustible materials, extinguishing agents, hazardous and toxic materials, and forms of energy and fire prevention/suppression techniques. This course also analyzes how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled. This course is designated by the California State Board of Fire Services and is part of the designated National Fire Academy FESHE model core curriculum.

Course Description

Course Description

Explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and are controlled.


What to Expect in this Course

This course has the same weekly workload as an in-person class.  Students are expected to be proficient in using a computer and using the Canvas LMS platform/application and email.

Types of Assessments

The course follows the semester schedule, has weekly reading assignments and quizzes(that are typically due on Sunday night by midnight), midterm exam, final exam, and a mandatory research paper/project.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Please see the college bookstore link for textbook information for this course.

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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 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: 06/25/2022 Sub#: 1420