Portable Fire Extinguishers

Format of Program: Class presented as lecture (on-line coming soon)

Program Length:  Didactic 3 hours 20 minutes, Hands On 2 hours

The course meets the requirements of NFPA® 1001 for Firefighter I.

Program description:

After completing this lesson, the student shall be able to:
  • Operate portable fire extinguishers effectively and safely following the policies and procedures set forth by the authority having jurisdiction
  • Describe methods by which agents extinguish fire
  • List mechanisms by which portable extinguishers expel their contents
  • Distinguish among classifications of fires and the most common agents used to extinguish them
  • Describe types of extinguishers and their common uses
  • Discuss extinguishers and agents for metal fires
  • Explain the portable extinguisher rating system
  • Describe factors to consider in selecting the proper fire extinguisher
  • Describe items to check for immediately before using a portable fire extinguisher
  • Describe the PASS method of application.
  • Summarize procedures that should be part of every fire extinguisher inspection
  • Discuss damaged portable fire extinguishers and obsolete portable fire extinguishers


Hands On
  • Operate a stored pressure water extinguisher
  • Operate a dry chemical (ABC) extinguisher
  • Operate a carbon dioxide (CO2) extinguisher