The University of Maryland's Department of Fire Protection Engineering is offering a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through Coursera on The Effect of Fire on People, Property and the Environment. This is a 6-week course which will include video lectures, online discussion boards, and opportunities for additional independent study. A great course for non-fire protection professionals to learn, including students interested in career opportunities. Here is a brief summary from the course website:
Fires impact people, property and the environment in all countries around the world. In some cases, the resulting losses are extraordinary, causing hundreds of deaths, widespread damage to property and contents and significant impacts on the environment. More often, fires may cause a single casualty or affect a single home, though the effects are still highly significant to those affected and collectively are substantial. This course will provide an overview of the challenges posed by fire as well as the fire safety solutions that are available to meet those challenges.
I am planning to take the course this session which officially starts Monday, August 29 - hope to connect with people on the discussion boards there.