At a Glance:

Gordon: Tom Bojo

Tom Bojo, Dean of Academic Affairs Gordon & Polk County Campuses
Office: 231
Phone: 706-378-1715
Campus: Gordon County Campus, Polk County Campus
Department: Academic Affairs, General Education & Learning Support , Industrial Technologies, Public Service Technology, Business Administrative Technologies

Basic Fire Company Officer (BF11)

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Gordon County Campus

Program Overview

(Not Accepting New Students Into Program)

Exit examination can be administered for Basic Fire Company Officer after theses courses have been successfully completed and the respective task book has been completed. If the exit examination and task book are successfully completed, the candidate will be issued an NPQ Certification Application through GFSTC.

Entrance Requirements

* Must be 18 years of age.
* Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of   official transcript required to apply.
* Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
*Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.
* Must be NPQ-I certified or certified at the Fire Fighter I level.
* Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.
*Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in field and may make a student ineligible to take licensing/certification exam(s) required for the profession. A background check and/or drug screen may be required by some agencies before a student attends a clinical practicum. For more information, contact the appropriate program advisor. 

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (13 hours)
This course presents the principles of applying fire department resources to mitigate a fire or related emergency. General topics include: principles of firefighting, size up, engine company operations, hose line selection and placement, water supply, standpipe and sprinkler operations, ladder company operations, forcible entry, ventilation and search and rescue. Specific-fires reviewed will include private dwellings, multiple dwellings, commercial buildings, high-rise structures, buildings under construction, structural collapse, flammable liquid and gas fires and waterfront fires.
This course begins with the history and theories of the use of water for fire extinguishment then moves to practical application of the principles of hydraulics in water systems and on the fire ground. Topics include: water at rest and in motion, velocity and discharge, water distribution systems, fire service pumps, friction loss, engine and nozzle pressures, fire streams, standpipe systems, automatic sprinkler systems, firefighting foams, and the clip board friction loss system.
Presents building construction features from the perspective of the fire service with emphasis placed on the use of building construction information to prevent and reduce fire fighter and civilian deaths and injuries. Topics include: principles of building construction, building construction classification, building construction hazards and tactical considerations, structural loads and stresses, structural building components and functions, fire resistance and flame spread, building codes, structural failure and firefighter safety, and firefighter safety in structural and wildland firefighting.
The Incident Command course is designed to illustrate the responsibilities to use, deploy, implement, and/or function within an Incident Command System (ICS) as well as functioning within multi-jurisdictions incident under the Incident Management System (IMS). The course emphasizes the need for incident management systems, an overview of the structure and expandable nature of ICS, an understanding of the command skills needed by departmental officers to use ICS guidelines effectively, and scenario practice on how to apply ICS and IMS. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) will illustrate and provide the consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sectors, and non-governmental organizations to work together during virtual all domestic incidents. These course competencies will cover those objectives entailed in NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800.