Firefighter III/Advanced Technician Firefighter
I. Course Prefix/Number: FIR 106
Course Name: Firefighter III/Advanced Technician Firefighter
Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course provides instruction to Basic Operations Firefighter students in advanced firefighting techniques. The Advanced Technician Firefighter is able to perform firefighting operations without direct supervision. Emphasis is be placed on advanced firefighting suppression operations, individual and team skills as required by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), and recommendations by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 1001: Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Successful completion of this course, along with passage of the state written exam and other required OSFM certification courses, will lead to OSFM certification as an Advanced Technician Firefighter.
IV. Learning Objectives
The course prepares students for certification as an Advanced Technician Firefighter by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. A condensed subject version of OSFM objectives include:
- Identify the role of the Advance Technician Firefighter within the organization
- Demonstrate the need for the Incident Command System
- Identify how fire behaves in burning buildings
- Identify the need of an Incident Safety Officer
- Demonstrate how to complete a basic NFIRS incident report
- Identify dangerous building conditions created by fire and fire suppression activities
- Demonstrate how to determine developing hazardous building conditions
- Identify which type of ladder is appropriate for a given task
- Identify safe hose and ladder practices
- Demonstrate operating hose testing equipment and nozzles
- Identify how the purpose and steps in determining available water from a fire hydrant
- Demonstrate using a Pitot tube and gauge to read and record flow GPM, Static pressure and flow pressures
- Identify guidelines for cleaning, maintaining equipment, and its documentation
- Demonstrate operating power plants, power tools, and lighting equipment
- Identify the association between specific tools and special forcible entry/exit needs
- Demonstrate the ability to operate hand and power tools for forcible entry
- Identify the role of the advanced firefighter in ventilation operations
- Demonstrate the role of the advanced firefighter in the different types of ventilation operations
- Identify suppression approaches and practices for various types of structural fires
- Demonstrate attack techniques and coordinate fire attack for various types of structural fires
- Identify the role of the advanced technician firefighter in assessing origin and cause and protecting the scene for the fire investigation
- Demonstrate the ability to locate a fire’s origin area
- Identify the importance of a fire safety survey and public fire educations programs to fire department public relations and the community
- Demonstrate the ability to prepare a pre-incident survey, so that all required occupancy information is recorded, items of concern are noted, and accurate sketches or diagrams are prepared
- Identify the fundamentals of fire suppression and detection systems
- Demonstrate the ability to identify the components of a fire suppression and detection system
- Identify techniques and tolls for leading a team of firefighters in the removal of an incapacitated firefighter
- Demonstrate assembling a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) with proper tools and equipment to function as a RIT team when a mayday is called
- Identify the role of the advanced technician firefighter at a technical rescue operation
- Demonstrate the ability to assist rescue teams and establish public barriers when assigned
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Fire Department Organization
- Fire Department Behavior
- Building Construction
- Fire Hose
- Water Supply
- Tools and Equipment
- Forcible Entry
- Fire Control
- Protecting Evidence for Cause and Origin
- Fire Prevention and Public Education
- Fire Detection and Alarm Suppression Systems
- Firefighter Survival
- Technical Rescue
VII. Methods of Instruction
Instructions will include lectures, power point presentations, and hands-on training in operating various facets involved in fire suppression operations.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Students will be required to be an active participant in all class activities, in particular those involving manual skills. The structured nature of this course makes attendance of all classes mandatory.
IX. Instructional Materials
Essentials of Fire Fighting, 5th Edition, International Fire Services Training Association.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Demonstration of manual skills
- Demonstration of fire suppression operations
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.