St. Petersburg College
Fire and Public Safety Training Center
5005 126th Ave N.
Fire Training Center In-Service
St. Petersburg College provides advanced specialized training for fire professionals at the SPC Fire and Public Safety Training Center and at fire stations throughout Pinellas County.
The Training Center has a two-story "burn" building, a two-story firefighter safety & survival building, LP gas props, a flashover simulator, and a seven-story drill tower. The coursework includes practical, hands-on and technical skills, evidence gathering, supervisory, and arson and terrorism scene prevention. St. Petersburg College Fire and Public Safety Training Center is located at 5005 126th Avenue North in Clearwater.
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This class will discuss Apartments, Rooming Houses, and Hotels in regards to fire inspections;
the requirements; the differences and; the frequency of inspections. It will use NFPA 1 and NFPA 101
as references. The class will cover definitions of Apartments, Rooming Houses, and Hotels;
differentiation between rooming houses and single family dwellings;
difference between hotel and dormitory; between new and existing hotels and apartments;
between positive alarm sequence and pre-signal alarms frequency of inspections; and discuss setting
policy on the frequency of re-inspections at these facilities.
A relatively new problem in the fire service and for investigators is the electric vehicle. This course will give a detailed familiarization of electric and hybrid vehicles and necessary safety procedures and concerns for Firefighters and Investigators.
Upon successful completion of this lesson, the student shall be able to: Recognize the difference between an Electric Vehicle and a Hybrid Vehicle; Know the basic parts of EV's; Determine how they work and what the basic system or circuit looks like; Understand the different types of batteries found in these vehicles; Know the scope of the future problem represented by the number of these vehicles; Understand the storage problem posed by lithium-ion batteries; Define the term "Thermal Runaway"; Determine safe methods for extinguishing EV fires; Understand that due to the rapid changes occurring in technology, safety challenges will continuously evolve; Be familiarized with the Interim safety guidelines; Know that High Voltage Cables should not be cut and HV battery should not be tampered with; Understand what caused the recall of the Chevy Volt; Define what a Lithium-ion battery is made of and some basics of how it works; Know what a "Smart Key" is and how to deal with one; Be familiar with what a Hybrid vehicle is; Know where the disconnects and fuses for these types of vehicles are usually located; Understand and recognize the potential hazards associated with Electric and Hybrid vehicles.
In order to give students a better understanding of the inspection of fire alarm systems and their components upon completion of this course, students should be able to: Define the different component systems that make-up a fire alarm system; Understand why inspections are done; Know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; Know who may conduct inspections of fire alarm systems; Understand the content of the fire alarm systems inspection reports; Have an understanding of the history involving alarm systems and the code development; Understand and recognize the terms used in reference to fire alarm systems; Know the difference and the connotations of the words: Shall, Should, Will and May in codes; Understand the difference between the types of signals received by an alarm system; Know the difference between Passive and Active fire protection; Understand the system design process and FASFA Certification; Know the system and components must be listed; Recognize notification signals and devices used in an alarm system; Know the Basic System features of an alarm system; Understand the difference between a Protected Premises, Remote Station and Central Station Alarm System; Recognize initiation signals and devices used in an alarm system; Understand that devices are either manual or automatic; Recognize and understand the different types of detectors; Understand what should be looked at during an inspection; Understand the purpose and design of fire control panels; Be aware of the requirements of State Statute 633.01; Be aware of the ramifications of the adoption of the State Fire Codes.; Understand the requirements of State of Florida Administrative Code- Rule 4A-3.012; Know what is required on a system diagram or drawing; Understand compatibility of components and how the manual addresses them.
This class will give students a basic understanding of fire behavior and origin and cause determination.
Upon successful completion of this lesson, the student shall be able to:
Define fire; Determine the difference between endothermic and exothermic reactions;
Describe physical and chemical changes of matter related to fire; Understand the fire triangle;
Describe the four elements of the fire tetrahedron; Explain how the physical states of fuel affect
the combustion process; Define combustible and flammable; Explain how oxygen concentration
affects the combustion process; Describe heat; Define and understand Pyrolysis; Describe sources of
heat energy; Describe spontaneous combustion; Have a basic understanding of electricity;
Discuss the transmission of heat; Define flashpoint, fire point, autoignition temperature, and
explosive limits; Understand the difference between Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, & Class K fires
and how they are extinguished; Describe the stages of fire development within a compartment; Define
rollover, flashover, and backdraft; Describe methods used to control and extinguish fire;
Understand fire resistance; Understand the reason for investigation of fire and the applicable
statutes; Understand the basics of origin and cause investigation; Recognize a "V" Pattern
and why they occur; When to call for an Investigator.
This course is designed to make inspectors aware of the changes in the Fire Code with the adoption of the 2009 edition of the codes, including Florida changes. The student will gain knowledge including but not limited to: who is responsible for making inspection occur; performance based options and how they are met; identifying different occupancy classifications; how to apply the multiple occupancy section; the process and need for emergency plans; recognize changes, deletions, and additions to open flames; life safety evaluations; working knowledge of means of egress and changes; understand the Florida changes as well as many other changes, additions, and deletions to the fire code.
This course is an overview of hood and extinguishing systems. It is designed to familiarize Fire Inspectors
with the operation, parts and design of hoods and extinguishing systems. There will also be an in-depth study
of the laws and codes that apply to hoods and extinguishing systems. Upon successful completion of this
course students should be able to: Define the different component systems that make-up a pre-engineered hood
system; Understand why inspections are done; Know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur;
Know who may conduct inspections of pre-engineered systems; Understand the content of the pre-engineered systems
inspection reports; Be aware of the requirements of State Statute 633.061; Be aware of the requirements of State
Statute 633.071; Understand the requirements of State of Florida Administrative Code- Rule 4A-21; Know what is
required on a system diagram or drawing; Determine when a hood system is required; Understand the required
format and content of the Manufacturer’s Manual; Determine when a hood and extinguishing system is required;
Find the system specifications for parts; Understand how a system drawing is completed and submitted; Have a
working knowledge of the history of hoods and extinguishing systems; Know the different types of tests performed
on the system; Understand the Problems Unique to Commercial Cooking Equipment; Define Saponification.
This course will give the student a better understanding of the inspection of hood systems and their components.
Upon completion of this course the student should be able to: Define the different component systems that
make-up a pre-engineered hood system; Understand why parts must be listed; Know who is responsible to make
certain that inspections occur; Know the difference between manufacturer and after-market parts; Understand
what a mixed system is; Be aware of the requirements for the location of system cylinders; Recognize an illegal
system; Be able to locate the UL "EX" number; Understand not to exceed actuation network limitation;
Know and understand the installation of manual pull stations, piping and grease seals; Understand the different
types of cable required; Recognize the proper placement and use of fusible links; Find the system specifications
for parts; Understand how a system drawing is completed and submitted; Have a working knowledge of the shutoff
valves; Know the different types of tests performed on the system; Recognize the proper wiring and cable design
in the NEMA box; Know when an alarm system is required; Understand what is in and required by the owner's manual;
Have a working knowledge of what a discharge test is and how they are accomplished; Know what a technician is
required to do in a system inspection and recharge; Recognize when there is a problem in a system; Recognize
and understand the use of water wash hood systems; Be familiar with Residential Hood Systems; Be familiar
with Recirculating Hood Systems; Be familiar with Solid Fuel Cooking equipment.
This course will give students a better understanding of the new NFPA 101 and the State changes. Upon completion of this course students should be able to: Understand the creation and history of NFPA 101; Know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; Know the changes, deletions, and additions to pertinent Chapters; Know what a performance based option is and how they are met; Be able to identify the different occupancy classifications; Understand how to apply the multiple occupancy section; Have a working knowledge of Means of Egress and changes to that section; Understand the process and need for emergency plans; Have a basic understanding of Floor Evacuation Plans; Understand the difference between new and existing occupancies; Understand the Florida Changes to the Code; Recognize the changes, deletions and additions to the Annexes.