Introduction to Public Safety Careers - Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services - II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 111

       Course Name: Introduction to Public Safety Careers - Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services - II

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

LAE 110 or FIR 110

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues an introduction in three areas of public safety: fire, police, and Emergency Medical Services. Fire content instructs the student on fire department organization and operations, and general aspects of fire science. Police content instructs the student on police department organization and operations, and different criminal justice careers. Emergency Medical Services content instructs the student on emergency medical technician career paths and introduction to the health care professional careers. The student will be trained by American Heart Association (AHA) Standards for CPR, AED, and First Aid. Credit cannot be received in both LAE 111 and FIR 111.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A. Public Safety: Fire
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to understand:
    • Basic Fire Behavior
    • Basic Building Design and Construction
    • Life Safety and Fire Loss Control
    • Fire Department Organization, Administration, and Operations
    • Fire Prevention Code Enforcement
    • Public Education Activities
B. Public Safety: Police
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    • Philosophical & background of American law enforcement
    • An overview of the Criminal Justice System
    • Criminal Justice terminology
    • The role police, courts, and corrections play in the system
    • The types of crimes and criminals
    • U.S. Constitution amendments that affect the system
    • Career requirements and opportunities
C. Public Safety: Emergency Medical Services    
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    • Duties and functions of an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic and Paramedic
    • Familiarization with the Allied Health Care Careers
    • Course completion in AHA - CPR, AED, and First Aid

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

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Public Safety: Fire
    a. Fire Protection Systems
    b. Municipal Fire Defenses
    c. Fire Department Organization, Administration, and Operations
    d. Codes and Standards
    e. Fire Department Dispatching
B. Public Safety: Police
    a. Punishment and Sentencing
    b. Corrections
    c. Community Corrections: Probation and Intermediate Sanctions
    d. Incarceration and Prison Society
    e. Prison Society and Release
    f. The Juvenile Justice System
C.    Public Safety: Emergency Medical Services    
    a. Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
    b. Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
    c. AHA - CPR, AED, and First Aid
        1. general principles of first aid
        2. medical emergencies
        3. injury emergencies
        4. CPR
        5. AED
        6. environmental emergencies

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction will include class lectures, videotapes, films, handouts, case studies, guest speakers, practical skills, and field trips.  The student will be expected to successfully complete CPR, AED, & First Aid AHA program.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.    Reading Assignments
2.    Homework
3.    Discussion of Case Studies
4.    Class Project
5.    Written Quizzes and Examinations
6.    Practical Skill participation
7.    Field Trips

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

    Quizzes……………………………..20 points
    Homework………………………….10 points
    Project………………………………10 points
    Heart Saver Completion..………......10 points
    4 Exams…………………………….50 points
    TOTAL……………………………100 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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at