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FIRE TECH 125 - Firefighting Strategies and Tactics - Battalion Chief Tray White

Course:Firefighting Strategies and Tactics
Professor:Battalion Chief Tray White
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week



My name is Tray White, and I am the Instructor for this 16-week In-Person 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. I will often have guess speakers that will provide you with additional information for this class and your fire service career.  

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

This class is fully on campus and in-person.  You MUST attend the first day of classor you will be dropped from the course. You must be present on the first day to add or crash add. There are no adds after the second week of class. 

This is a positive attendance course. You must attend all classes at the scheduled time. If you miss more than 4 classes or 12 total hours you will be dropped from the course. I will make exceptions for Covid quarantine with a positive test submitted. If you have been exposed to Covid and/or are feeling symptoms of Covid REGARDLESS if you are vaccinated or not, do not come to class.  During this semester my job is to not only deliver you the material while enhancing a positive learning environment but to keep every student and their family, as well as, my family safe and free from exposures. 

This class meets every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:05pm.  Attendance will be taken during these class sessions, and failure to attend these sessions without a valid excuse will result in you being dropped from the course.  BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THE CLASS, MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW UP TO OUR CLASS MEETINGS (6:00pm to 9:05pm Wednesdays.)

Course Description

Fire Technology 125 Firefighting Strategies and Tactics provides a comprehensive and concise overview of common firefighting concepts, from fire dynamics, to extinguishing agents, to incident management, to firefighter safety, to building construction, to pre-incident planning to post-incident analysis. This course will lead firefighters and fire officers to safe and effective firefighting strategies and tactics to employ during the wide spectrum of fire incidents.  It will place an emphasis on safety, case studies and knowledge application in: one and two-family dwellings, multiple family dwellings, commercial buildings, places of assembly, high-rise buildings, vehicle fires and wildland fires.

What to Expect in this Course

This class meets weekly for three hours every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:05pm.  We will cover 1 to 2 chapters per week. At the start of each class there will be a quiz administered followed by the lecture.  There will be weekly homework that is to be handed in PRIOR to the start of class; no exceptions. In addition to this, there will be four writing assignments given throughout the course of the semester.  All in all, you should expect 3-4 hours of course work per week. 

All students are required to demonstrate that they can work co-operatively, behave ethically, assess and evaluate information, and provide helpful feedback to one another.

Types of Assessments

Weekly quizzes, a mid-term exam, final exam, written papers, and in class projects.  Grades and class flow will be posted in Canvas.

Textbook Information

Textbook Information or Link to OER Textbook:  Firefighting Strategies and Tactics by Angle, Gala, Harlow, Lombardo and Maciuba; 4th edition; ISBN: 978-1-284-18019-0. 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.


Other Relevant Course Information

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.

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.


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Last updated: 11/27/2021 Sub#: 1160