Emergency Response Tactical Operations
I. Course Prefix/Number: FIR 192
Course Name: Emergency Response Tactical Operations
Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
A course in tactical planning for emergency responders using pre-plan scenarios to coordinate tactical operations. Emphasis is on crisis management by fire, police, and support personnel in implementing tactical operations for any and all emergencies. Hazards include fire, hostile intruder, severe weather, utility outages, natural disasters, and facility security. Technologies are used in a lab environment to gain information about the condition of personnel and to assess risk. Technologies include surveillance, pre-plans, and converged communications to provide information to emergency operations managers for developing the appropriate tactical response and recovery efforts.
Credit cannot be received in both FIR 192 and LAE 192.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate the use of data for a variety of crisis situations to develop appropriate response strategies
- Discuss the development of tactical plans used by Emergency Response Personnel for a specific hazard response
- Describe and explain how to assess critical situations, respond appropriately, mitigate the incident, and initiate the recovery phase.
- Identify the fundamental attributes and response strategy to an expanding incident
- Describe and explain situational awareness to include terrorism
- Identify and use appropriate recognition tools
- Explain the importance of intelligence gathering
- Distinguish the importance of documentation and evidence preservation
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
- Protective Duties – Fire, Police, Support Personnel
- Elements of emergency response programs
- Hazard and Risk Assessment
- Risk Analysis – Surveillance and planning technologies
- Databases and intelligence gathering
- Communication and information processes
- Tactical Operations
- Developing Appropriate Tactical Responses
- Unified Command
- Hazard Evaluation and Mitigation
- Biohazards and medical surveillance
- Hazard and Risk Reduction Strategies
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Class Discussion
- Group Discussion
- Individual Presentations
- Case reviews
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Decision Making
- Group Participation
- Class Discussion
- Individual Presentations
- Lab/Practical Exercises
- Written Exam
IX. Instructional Materials
Emergency Response Planning for Corporate and Municipal Managers, Second Edition, Erickson, P.A., Butterworth-Heinemann Homeland Security, 2006
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
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.