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FIRE TECH 109 - Principles of Fire Emergency Services Safety and Survival - Travont "Tray" White

Course:Principles of Fire Emergency Services Safety and Survival
Professor:Travont "Tray" White
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


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My name is Tray White, and I am the Instructor for this 5-week fully-online course. I have been in the Fire Service since 1995 and currently serve as a Battalion Chief in charge of Training and Safety for the Burbank Fire Department.  My goal is to ensure that the material covered is relevant and understood for your nurturing.  I will also provide mentorship for you that will make you more "hirable" for the fire service.   

Please review this Orientation Letter to determine whether or not this fully-online class is for you, and feel free to contact me via email at with any questions. 

You will need to complete the first assignment during the first week. Failure to do so will result in you being dropped from the course.  

To successfully complete this course, you MUST have access to a computer, Internet access, a web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) and a valid College of the Canyons (COC) email address.  Video clips, electronic documents, and various Internet websites will be utilized as part of this course.  Please make sure you have all necessary software (Adobe Flash Player, Acrobat Reader, and a word processing program like Microsoft Word) loaded on your device.


Course Description

Fire Technology 109 Principles of Fire Emergency Services and Safety Survival Focuses on improving statistics for line-of-duty injuries and fatalities.  This course will detail the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives supported by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and describes a firefighter life safety program, as well as methods for implementation.  Actual scenarios from the fire service put you in the center of life-threatening situations and give you the skills it takes to create positive outcomes from incidents and promote safety culture in your department.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a 5 week class that will cover the same material that is usually covered in a 16 week course. Therefore, it will be fast paced and require a lot of time and commitment from you. 

All course materials and Quizzes/Exams are available electronically on the Internet through Canvas. Canvas is the College’s electronic learning platform, which is used (in this class) for all announcements, handouts, discussions, grading, assignment submittals, and taking Quizzes/Exams. 

The link to access Canvas can be found on the College of the Canyons homepage:

Types of Assessments

Online quizzes and exams, discussions, assignments, and a Course Project. All Assessments are conducted on the Internet through Canvas (the College’s electronic learning platform).

Textbook Information

Textbook Information or Link to OER Textbook:  Firefighter Safety and Survival by Don Zimmerman; 3rd edition; ISBN: 978-1-284-18017-6. This textbook IS required, and needs to be purchased by the first week of class. Each textbook chapter will be covered this semester. Our course is divided into separate Modules. (A Module is a grouping of Chapters from your textbook.) As part of each Module, students are required to read the associated textbook chapters to provide a foundation for all lectures, supplemental materials, discussions, assignments, quizzes/exams, and projects.

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: 04/30/2023 Sub#: 214