Blue Card – Incident Command
I. Course Prefix/Number: FIR 285
Course Name: Blue Card – Incident Command
Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course is designed to equip and then certify the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve in the role of Incident Commander or to supervise and manage emergency and hazard zone operations for National Incident Management System Type 4 and Type 5 events. The Blue Card certification is a blended course experience which incorporates 50 hours of online instruction with 24 hours of in-class computer simulation training.
IV. Learning Objectives
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the eight functions of command
- Develop Incident Action Plans
- Identify critical fireground factors
- Determine incident strategies
- Identify incident tactical priorities
- Identify task assignments
- Determine resource allocations
- Identify standard incident outcomes
- Demonstrate appropriate incident decision making abilities
- Determine risk management plans
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
- Functions of command
- Critical fireground factors
- Incident strategies
- Tactical priorities
- Task assignments
- Incident Action Plans
- Resource allocations
- Incident outcomes
- Incident decision making
- Risk management plans
- Command Leadership
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Computer Simulations
- Case Histories
- Class Discussion
- Group Discussion
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Using References
- Decision Making
- Group Participation
- Class Discussion
- Practical Exercises
- Computer Simulations
- Individual Simulations
- Radio Communications
IX. Instructional Materials
Blue Card, Online Course
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
|100 – 90||A|
|89 – 80||B|
|79 – 70||C|
|69 – 60||D|
|59 & Below||F|
|Practical Skills & Simulations||50 points|
|On-line Homework||10 points|
|Final Exam||30 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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.