Fire Service Instructor

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 235

       Course Name: Fire Service Instructor

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended FIR 101 Introduction to Fire Science

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is required as part of the Fire Officer1 Certification and examines the job of fire service instructor. Content includes basic principles of adult learning, classroom management, steps in teaching, teaching methods, planning instruction, training aids and devices, implementation of training programs, use of records, types of evaluation, preparation of tests, performance testing and practice teaching.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to instruct the student with the basic principles of adult learning, classroom management, steps in teaching, teaching methods, planning instruction, training aids and devices, implementation of training programs, record management, types of evaluation, preparation of tests, performance testing and practice teaching.

This course meets the standards set forth by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Introduction
  • Problem of Hazardous Materials
  • Terminology and Regulations
  • Risk Assessment
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Hazard Identification
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Hazard Control
  • Incident Management
  • Managing the Incident
  • Termination
  • Exercises
  • Practical Skills

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Handouts
  • Videos
  • Case Histories
  • Scenarios
  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Individual Presentations

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Using References
  • Decision Making
  • Group Participation
  • Group Interaction
  • Class Discussion
  • Practical Exercises
  • Individual Presentations
  • Written Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Required Text: Fire Service Instructor Advantage Package, Print Edition, 2nd Enhanced Edition, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2014, ISBN-13: 9781284047417

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale:

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below F
Homework #1 – Impromptu Presentation 10 points
Homework #2 – How-To Presentation 10 points
Homework #3 – Hot Topic Presentation 10 points
Class Participation 25 points
Quizzes (3) – You are the Instructor 15 points
Cognitive Lesson Plan Presentation 50 points
Psychomotor Lesson Plan Presentation            50 points
Final Exam      100 points
TOTAL  270 points

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
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.