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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

Fire Science

FIR100 - Preparation for Fire Service & Law Enforcement Entrance Examination
Course instructs firefighter and police officer candidates about all aspects of hiring process. Content includes how to locate job opportunities; properly complete job applications; take written physical, psychological, and medical examinations; and prepare for oral interview by Police and Fire Commissioners. Credit cannot be received in both FIR 100 and LAE 100.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

FIR101 - Introduction to Fire Science
Course introduces aspects of fire science. Content includes history of fire protection; fire protection organization; magnitude and causes of fire losses; properties of hostile fires; and principles of fire preventing, detecting, confiningand extinguishing fires.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR102 - Firefighter II / Basic Firefighter Part I
Course instructs students in the theory, basic individual skills, and team skills required for using and operating fire suppression and ancillary equipment and as well as other basic fire knowledge and skills required by the Office of the StateFire Marshal (OSFM) and recommendations by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 1001: Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Content includes: fire organization, fire behavior, safety, self contained breathing apparatus,portable fire extinguishers, ladders, fire hose and appliances, building construction, forcible entry, ventilation, water supply, nozzles and fire streams,rescue, fire control, ropes and knots, loss control, fire detection-alarm & fire suppression systems, fire prevention & public education, protectingevidence for cause and determination, communications, terrorism, and firefighter survival.Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in FIR 103. Recommended: FIR 101.
6 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 6)

FIR103 - Firefighter II / Basic Firefighter, Part II
Course continues to instruct students in the theory, basic individual skills, and team skills required for using and operating fire suppression and ancillary equipment and as well as other basic fire knowledge and skills required by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and recommendations by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 1001: Firefighter Professional Qualifications.Content includes: fire organization, fire behavior, safety, self contained breathing apparatus, portable fire extinguishers, ladders, fire hose and appliances, building construction, forcible entry, ventilation, water supply, nozzles and fire streams,rescue, fire control, ropes and knots, loss control, fire detection-alarm & fire suppression systems, fire prevention and public education, protecting evidence for cause and determination, communications, terrorism, and firefighter survival.Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in FIR 102. Recommended: FIR 101.
6 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 6)

FIR106 - Firefighter III Advanced Technician Firefighter
A course to instruct the Basic Operations Firefighter students in advanced firefighting techniques. The Advanced Technician Firefighter is able to perform firefighting operations without direct supervision. Emphasis will 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.Prerequisite: FIR 102 and FIR 103.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)

FIR108 - Fire Behavior and Combustion
Course introduces the theories and principles of how and why fires start, the dynamics of fire, how fire spreads, and how fires are properly controlled using various methods of fire extinguishment.Recommended: FIR 101
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR110 - Introduction to Public Safety Careers - Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services - I
Course introduces three areas of public safety: fire, police, and Emergency Medical Services. Fire content instructs the student on fire departmentorganization 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 andintroduction to the health care professional careers. The student will be trained as a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) member. Credit cannot be received in both FIR 110 and LAE 110.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)

FIR111 - Introduction to Public Safety Careers - Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services II
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 contentinstructs 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 FIR 111 and LAE 111. Prerequisite: FIR 110 or LAE 110.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)

FIR121 - Fire Fighting Tactics I
Course examines fire fighting tactics and strategies. Content includes pre-fire activities; fire ground operations, including search and rescue, forcible entry, ventilation, suppression, salvage and overhaul; post-fire activities, and the incident command system. Recommended: FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR122 - Fire Fighting Tactics II
Course continues FIR 121. Content includes application of principles of fire fighting tactics to specific fire situations; and documentation and evaluation of actual fire incidents. Prerequisite: FIR 121.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR130 - Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Course offers a review of elementary chemistry. Content includes properties of flammable liquids and gases, oxidizers, water reactive chemicals, corrosive chemicals, toxic materials and radioactive materials; storage, handling and firesuppression techniques of potentially hazardous materials. Recommended: FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR131 - Hazardous Materials - First Responder
Course offers an operational level and understanding of hazardous materials. Content includes identification and classification of hazardous materials; physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials; planning, response andmitigation of hazardous materials incidents; analysis of case histories and application of learned principles to simulated exercises.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR180 - Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS)
Course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (ICS 700) and the Incident Command System (ICS 100). NIMS content describes the key concepts and principles of NIMS, and how NIMS provides a consistent nation-wide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations, to work together during domestic incidents. ICS content describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of ICS. The course will explain the relationship between NIMS and ICS. Students cannot earn credit for both FIR 180 and LAE 180.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR191 - Emergency Response Pre-Plan Design
A course for emergency responders using computer-based software. Course introduces emergency response applications with emphasis on emergency pre-planning. It focuses on designing plans for use by emergency responders usingFirehouse, AutoCAD, and other applicable software. The computer will be used by students to document information about the condition of assets, including buildings and personnel for transmission to emergency operations managersand personnel who need it for planning response, crisis management, and recovery efforts. Credit cannot be received in both FIR 191 and CAD 191.. Students cannot receive credit for both CAD 191 and FIR 191.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $75

FIR192 - Emergency Response Tactical Operations
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 assessrisk. 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. Recommended: CAD 191 or FIR 191.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)

FIR201 - Fire Prevention Principles I
Course presents responsibilities, objectives and organization of a fire prevention bureau. Content includes setting up and implementing a systematic inspection program; classification of occupancy by hazard; function of water supplies and automatic sprinkler systems; and other codes related to fire safety and application of codes to fire prevention activities. Recommended: FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR205 - Building Construction
Course studies structural and interior construction and building equipment as related to fire safety considerations. Content includes analysis of vertical and horizontal openings and exterior features in communication of fires; effects of fire exposure on structural integrity of buildings.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR209 - Fire Hydraulics
Course reviews basic mathematics and studies of hydraulic principles and formulas for fluid flow, friction loss and forces. Content includes operationand characteristics of fire pumps, water distribution and supply for fire protection, fluid flow in hoses, nozzle discharge and fire streams, and application of principles to fire department operations. Recommended: FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR211 - Fire Prevention Principles II
Course continues FIR 201 Content includes responsibilities and management of fire prevention programs, implementation of public education programs; function of fire alarm and special extinguishing systems; and relationship of building, lifesafety and codes to fire hazards and causes. Recommended: FIR 101 and FIR 201.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR215 - Fire Investigation
Course offers an analysis of causes of fires and relationship of fire characteristics and traces to se causes. Content includes recognition of equipment failures responsible for fires; incendiary fires; collection, preservation and documentation of evidence substantiating fire causes; interrogation techniques in fire investigations and cooperation of fire investigating agencies. Recommended:FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR217 - Fire Department Administration I
Course presents types, organizational structure, and activities of fire departments. Content includes recruitment through training; personnelassignments, promotion, working conditions, pay and hours, retirement; fire station facilities, communication centers, training facilities; preparation of specifications, advertising and acceptance of bids for procuring apparatusand equipment; testing and maintenance of apparatus and equipment and types of systems and utilization of available water supply. Recommended: FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR218 - Fire Department Administration II
Course examines fire department operations. Content includes procedures of municipal fire alarm systems; radio facilities, dispatching to emergency alarms; basic operational procedures for various types of fire and emergency situations;fire loss data, manpower productivity and utilization; grading of fire defenses; community public relations; public education in fire and life safety and organizing for fire prevention inspections, code enforcement and special fire preventioncampaigns. Recommended: FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR219 - Industrial Fire Protection
Course studies industrial fire prevention practices. Content includes study of fixed-fire protection systems; employee fire safety education; in-plant inspections; hazard controls, organization of industrial fire brigades, and cooperation withpublic fire departments. Recommended: FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR220 - Emergency Medical Technician
Course studies duties performed by emergency medical technicians, following the National EMS Education Standards. Contents include CPR, human body anatomy, vital signs, ventilation, cardiac emergencies, resuscitation, automated external defibrillation, pharmacology, bleeding and shock, fractures, injuries, childbirth, lifting and moving of patients, legal and ethical issues. Practical skill performance is heavily emphasized throughout the course. This course is approved by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and successful completion of course qualifies students to take IDPH’s EMT licensing examination or the National Registry Examination for EMT.
8 Credit Hours (lecture: 5; lab: 6)
Fee: $200

FIR221 - Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic I
Course is first of four to acquire paramedic skills in advanced emergency medicine. Content includes roles and responsibilities of paramedic, legal and medical considerations, response to major incidents, and stress management. Involves concurrent laboratory and clinical instruction. Prerequisite: FIR 220 or equivalent, current IDPH EMT-B License, and consent of instructor or program chair.
6 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 8)

FIR222 - Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic II
Course is second of four, to acquire paramedic skills in advanced emergency medicine. Content includes medical terminology, general patient assessment, initial management, airway and ventilation, pathophysiology of shock, and generalpharmacology. Involves concurrent laboratory and clinical experience. Students required to complete state-specified number of hours of Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance ride time. Prerequisite: FIR 221.
6 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 8)

FIR223 - Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic III
Course is third of four, to acquire paramedic skills in advanced emergency medicine. Content includes treatments of medical emergencies involving trauma, burns, respiratory system, endocrine and nervous system, abdominal distress, toxicology, alcohol and drug abuse, infectious diseases and environmental injuries. Involves concurrent laboratory and clinical experience. Students required to complete statespecified number of hours of field internship.Prerequisite: FIR 222.
6 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 8)

FIR224 - Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic IV
Course is four of four to acquire paramedic skills in advanced emergency medicine. Content includes medical, procedural and environmental aspect of emergency medicine. Content includes toxicology, behavioral emergencies, major incident response, triage, hazardous material, street gangs and drugs. Involves concurrent laboratory, clinical and ambulance experience. Students required to complete state-specified number of hours of field internship. Course requires a successful passing score on the state paramedic exam and EMT-Plicensure by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Prerequisite: FIR 223.
6 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 8)

FIR227 - Fire Department Administration III
Course is first of two management courses required of eligible candidates pursuing Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal certification as Fire Officer II. Content includes management principles and techniques used by mid-levelmanagers and chief officers in fire service; principles of time management, decision-making, motivation and delegation. Prerequisite: FIR 217 and FIR 218 or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR228 - Fire Department Administration IV
Course is second of two management courses required of eligible candidates pursuing Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal certification as Fire Officer II. Content includes management principles and techniques used by mid-levelmanagers and chief officers in fire service. Principles of public relations, labor relations, administrative liability and personnel management are emphasized. Prerequisite: FIR 217 and FIR 218 or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR230 - Fire Apparatus Engineer
Course examines fire apparatus drivers and operators. Content includes pumps and controls, relay pumping operations, water supplies to elevated streams, standpipe sprinklers and miscellaneous equipment, preventive maintenance,records and reports. Recommended: FIR 121.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)

FIR235 - Fire Service Instructor I
Course examines 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. Recommended: FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR236 - Fire Service Instructor II
Course continues FIR 235. Content includes more advanced teaching techniques, including illustrative and demonstrative lectures, testing and performanceassessment, qualifications and duties of a training officer; defining objectives of training program; planning, acquiring and using training facilities; developing curriculum; administering a training program and planning and conductingconferences. Prerequisite: FIR 235.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR245 - Law for The Fire Service
Course introduces legal aspects of fire science. Contents include study of judicial system; civil and criminal actions; legal status of fire department; jurisdiction and liability of fire prevention bureaus; municipal responsibility to and for fire fighters; authority and liability of fire fighters; law and arson investigation; techniquesfor testifying in court; and compensation, pension and termination of employment of fire fighters. Recommended: FIR 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR280 - Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents
Course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System structure. Content (ICS 200) focuses on the management of single resources by supervisory personnel for command and control of the incident or event. Students cannot earn credit for both FIR 280 and LAE 280.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

FIR281 - The National Response Framework (NRF), Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command System (ICS)
Course has three parts: 1) National Response Framework (ICS 800) content is an introduction to the concept and principles of the NRF; 2) Intermediate ICS (ICS 300) content provides tactical expertise for personnel on advanced ICS for expanding incidents; and 3) Advanced ICS (ICS 400) content provides management skills for area command or multi-agency coordination for major/complex incidents or events. Students cannot earn credit for both FIR 281 and LAE 281.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 0; lab: 0)

FIR285 - Blue Card – Incident Command
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. Prerequisite: FIR 180 and FIR 280 or consent by instructor. Also, students must successfully complete 50-hour online course component prior to beginning in-class simulation.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $385

FIR290 - Topics in Fire Science Technology
Course covers a variety of different topics during different semesters. Topics will be selected from among current advances in fire science technology. Typical course concentrations might be Fire Officer Training III or Hazardous Materials and Terrorist Incident Response. Check with the instructor and the latest college class listings for details. The course may be repeated twice. Prerequisite: Varies depending on specific topic.
1-6 Credit Hours (lecture: 0-6; lab: 0-1)

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