The course project is a scenario-based case study, which will be due in Unit VIII. A scenario-based case study is similar to other case studies you may have experienced. The scenario-based case study used in this course provides descriptive information and data to help you make decisions as if you were actively participating in a real-life investigation of a warehouse fire.
There are eight assignments for the scenario-based case study (one per unit). You will complete and submit Part 1, Sections I and II of the course project in this unit. Use APA level one headings for each section. The heading should be indicative of the major section to follow. Here is a tutorial on level headings.
For the course project, you will utilize what you learn throughout the course to solve a real-world problem of what fire protection is needed to create plausible actions, concepts, or inventions to solve fire protection deficiencies that resulted in a large-scale fire in a warehouse distribution center.
From Unit I through Unit VII, you will complete one part of your recommendation in each unit, and in Unit VIII, you will write an executive summary and conclusion. You will then compile all parts into one document as your final project. You can arrange each part in any order you would like before submitting the final project. For instance, this assignment about fire pumps is covered in Chapter 6 of the textbook; however, you may choose to cover fire protection, detection, and suppression systems (completed in Unit II) as the first part of your final project and to place fire pumps after another topic of your choice. You are able to organize the final report sections in any order that makes logical sense to you.
During each part, you will prepare a well-organized narrative consisting of two sections. Only submit the assignment for that unit until the final case study is compiled from all units and submitted as a single document in Unit VIII. However, you should evaluate and revise the recommendations as needed during the process for each previous unit as you learn more during the progression of this course.
This scenario-based case study is designed to draw upon your imagination to think creatively on potential concerns with fire and explosive hazards, fire controls, and fire and emergency management. You should look at fire protection technology in a holistic way. This way of design thinking is significantly different from what was previously designed by thinking in isolation. You will evaluate and develop recommendations to resolve potential fires in the future.
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Through the scenario-based case study process, you will begin developing a tool that will synchronize suggestions to improve life safety. You will accomplish this by utilizing recommendations to improve fire protection after a warehouse distribution center fire.
Section I will address the foreign-made fire pump and your recommendations after reviewing the background information.
Your narrative will consist of your evaluation of the foreign-made fire pump and your choice of fire pump that you would recommend for the rebuild of the warehouse. The background information will provide you the needed material to identify the basic components common to fire protection for the City of Washington Distribution Warehouse. As you review the material, make sure you do the following actions:
- examine what contributed to the fire,
- analyze building components and existing fire suppression systems, and
- prepare and disseminate recommendations.
Fire protection design involves an integrated approach where designers need to analyze the building’s use, occupancy, footprint, and existing fire protection systems or components. This assignment is not looking for compliance with building codes nor expecting you to be a fire protection system designer. However, the purpose of this assignment is for you to apply the concepts and knowledge you learned in this unit as you begin writing your final project covering protection systems that will detect, contain, control, and extinguish a fire. In addition, this assignment provides you with the opportunity to use your skills, expertise, and experience to enrich your response.
Section II will address the ethical dilemma of using the foreign-made fire pump, as described in the Points to Ponder Scenario within this unit, as a right versus right action or a right versus wrong action.
As we saw in the unit lesson, Kidder (1995) described four basic paradigms that deal with most ethical dilemmas of right versus right choices. He believed ethical decisions often involve choices of the individual versus community, truth versus loyalty, short-term versus long-term, and justice versus mercy. Pick one of the paradigms below, and answer the question.
- Is it right to use the foreign-made fire pump because others were not available in order to provide fire protection so the warehouse could re-open and the workers could go back to work? -OR-
- Do you believe using the fire pump dilemma was a right versus wrong action based on your own values, professional ethics, and institutional values?
For this assignment, you will write a two-page narrative (one page per section) supporting your positions. You must have a title page and references page. An abstract is not required. You may use information from reputable, reliable journal articles, case studies, scholarly papers, and other sources that you feel are pertinent. You should use at least three sources, one of which must be your textbook. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations following proper APA style.