Fire Suppression

Subject 220-289 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty hours of lectures and 30 hours of practical work
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 207-161 Fire and Water Management
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr John Nankervis
Subject Overview:

This subject deals with the management of fire control incidents and the use of fire as a management tool.

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to assist in fire weather forecasting;

  • understand the principles of fire behaviour and the basis of fire danger ratings;

  • understand the principles of fire control, planning and conduction of fuel hazard reduction and fire suppression strategies;

  • be aware of the role of personnel and organisations in fire suppression;

  • understand fire law and logistics; and

  • appreciate the role and impact of fire on forest ecosystems.

The subject covers the areas of:

  • fire weather forecasting and climatic zones, weather systems, temperature, moisture and wind effects;

  • fire behaviour, fuel, weather, topography effects and fire danger rating systems;

  • fire control, hazard reduction, suppression strategies;

  • fire law, logistics and operational considerations; and

  • fire ecology.

Assessment: A 2-hour written examination worth 50%, and up to three practical activities/assignments totalling 50% of the final marks.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available

Related Course(s): Associate Degree in Forestry Management

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