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The final project (scenario-based case study) is designed to draw upon your imagination to think creatively on the principles of fire through situational awareness of fire behavior and combustion. There are six parts (essays) to the scenario-based case study. From Unit I through Unit VI, you will complete one part of the scenario-based case study per unit. During Unit VII, you will write a summary and then compile all the parts into one document as your final project. The scenario-based case study will challenge your knowledge of what was previously learned about fire in the fire academy or basic firefighter classes.

Critically think about the principles of fire and the ever-increasing thermal energy seen today. You will evaluate and develop a new understanding of the chemistry and physics of fire in today’s world of synthetic materials as related to firefighting.

Please click  here to view the scenario. Please click  here to access a PDF of the presentation.

In addition, each unit’s lesson will also have additional information pertaining to the scenario under the section Points to Ponder-Building on the Scenario.

Preparing for the Scenario-Based Case Study

Before you begin writing each essay, follow these guidelines to help you prepare and understand the case study.

Read and examine the scenario background information thoroughly.    

Take notes, highlight relevant facts, and underline points.

Focus your analysis.

Identify one or two key concepts from the unit lesson.

How do these key concepts relate to fire behavior and combustion in the scenario?          

Interpret and draw on conclusions about the key concepts in the scenario.

Evaluate possible explanations for the fire behavior and growth.

Review course readings, discussions, outside research, and your experience.   

Select the best concept to explain why the fire growth is where it is in this unit, based on the Points to Ponder-Building on the Scenario.

Consider strong supporting evidence. Is this concept realistic?

You should draw on the evidence from the textbook, study guide, and scholarly articles to provide logical arguments in support of those concepts, listing similarities or any differences that may be seen from other sources.


Unit I Essay


For this assignment, you will complete the first essay of the scenario-based case study. The essay will be a one- to two-page narrative focusing on arguments that support what the authors discuss in Chapters 1 and 3, as well as other research that you conduct related to these concepts.

Include a title page.

In your introduction paragraph, provide a good overview of what you will discuss.

Include a section header and discussion for each of the concepts below:

distinguish the chemical elements that contributed to the fire,

recognize measurements to understand the behavior of the fire,

describe if enthalpy was a contributing factor in fire growth,

define concepts and terms new to you, and

discuss these concepts based on the scenario, the “Points-to-Ponder – Building on the Scenario”, and textbook information from chapter 1 and 3. Also, include tangible arguments about the concepts.

Use APA guidelines, and summarize your response. To supplement your discussion and support your conclusions, you should use information from the CSU Online Library from reputable, reliable sources, such as journal articles, case studies, scholarly papers, and other sources that you feel are pertinent. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations following APA guidelines. You must include at least three sources, including your textbook.

NOTE: This assignment is part of Unit I through Unit VII projects that will be assembled into the final project for Unit VII with each unit’s essay using level one, level two, and level three headings as needed to separate and organize your paper into sections (See this  tutorial for help with level headings).

This assignment must be submitted and graded by the professor, who will provide feedback to you. Your assignment will be graded according to the assigned rubric. The professor will grade and annotate items that need to be corrected for your final project. This feedback from the professor will help you correct any discrepancies before including this assignment in the final project. In addition, implementing the feedback will help you submit a quality project and achieve an overall better review and grade.


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