Building Construction for the Fire Service (Self-Paced)
#: 1PSA-0076    ID:    Section: 1
This course presents the fundamental concepts of building construction as they relate to how buildings burn.  Students will learn how the ravages of fire affect wood, steel, concrete and composite construction.  The goal of this course is to provide knowledge about the classification system of buildings, the importance of fire resistance for structural support elements and the risks associated with performing fire suppression activities inside and around buildings involved with fire.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy and tactics;
  • Classify major types of building construction and occupancy designations in accordance with local/model building code;
  • Analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with various types of building construction;
  • Explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships;
  • Identify the function of each principle structural component in typical building design and indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety;
  • Differentiate between fire resistance and flame spreads; and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service, 6th Edition with Navigate 2 Advantage Access, approx $100.  The ISBN is 978-128-417-7312.

You should purchase this book prior to the start of class.

This is an asynchronous, self-paced course with limited instructor interaction.  You are expected to read the material and complete the assigned homework.  You can work at your own pace up until the final, fixed end date of the course. All homework must be completed online using the Navigate training platform and is due by the date indicated.
Bring to Class:
Note that you can work the hours of this course at any time; disregard timeframe noted in schedule.

LOCATION: Online via Jones & Bartlett Navigate 2 platform*  

You will need Internet connection and an email address.

You will receive an email prior to the class start date containing your Course ID and class expectations.  Once you receive this email, you should set up your Navigate 2 account.
Click here to set up your Navigate 2 account.
Varied Schedule
12:00 AM
Contact Hours:
Registration Cutoff Date:
Dates & Times:
1/9/2023   12:00AM - 12:00PM
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1/10/2023   12:00AM - 12:00PM
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5/11/2023   12:00AM - 12:00PM
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5/12/2023   12:00AM - 12:00PM
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