Firefighter II / Basic Firefighter Part I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 102

       Course Name: Firefighter II / Basic Firefighter Part I

       Credits: 6 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: FIR 101, Concurrent enrollment in FIR 103 Required.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course instructs the student 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. 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, protecting evidence for cause and determination, communications, terrorism, and firefighter survival.

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).

IV.   Learning Objectives

Specialized classroom and practical experience in the practices and techniques of fire fighting. Includes principles of community fire defense, methods of entry, rescue, tools, apparatus, equipment, salvage, hydraulics, and fire extinguishment.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Students will be able familiar with agencies that regulate fire and demonstrate knowledge of the properties, characteristics, and classes of
  2. Students will discuss the importance of personal protective equipment and demonstrate how to utilize the different types of personal protective equipment necessary to maintain a safe environment including self-contained breathing
  3. Students will be familiar with the different types of ladders, as well as how to use and maintain
  4. Students will be able to utilize different types of fire extinguishers and will have an extensive knowledge base related to what extinguishing agents to use for different types of fires.
  5. Students will be able to explain the reasons ventilation may be necessary, and to determine what types of ventilation will be most beneficial for different types of fires.
  6. Students will be knowledgeable about all of the tolls and hoses on the apparatus. They will be able to utilize and maintain all of the tools on the apparatus

Performance Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able

  1. Identify the various agencies that regulate the fire
  2. Discuss the properties and characteristics of fire.
  3. List the appropriate personal protective equipment for a given situation.
  4. Put on a self-contained breathing apparatus within National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines.
  5. Describe the classes of fire.
  6. Describe the appropriate extinguishing agent for a specific class of fire.
  7. Describe the chemical and physical nature of different extinguishing agents.
  8.  Demonstrate the use of different types of fire extinguishers on different classes of fires.
  9.  Describe the different types of hose and appliances.
  10.  Demonstrate the advancement of hose lines.
  11.  Demonstrate the maintenance of hose and appliances.
  12.  Describe the different types of fire service ladders.
  13.  Demonstrate raising and lowering different types of ladders.
  14. Demonstrate the maintenance of fire service ladders.
  15. Locate tools carried on a fire apparatus.
  16. Demonstrate the appropriate use of hand tools.
  17. Explain the different types of ventilation
  18. Identify the reasons for the ventilation.
  19. Discuss the importance of firefighter safety.

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

  1. Introduction and Orientation
    1. Rules and regulations
    2. Manuals and procedures
    3. Agencies
  2. Fire Behavior
    1. Chemistry and properties of fire
    2. Heat and combustion
  3. Personal Protective Equipment
    1. Turnouts
    2. Breathing Apparatus
      1. Types
      2. Use
      3. Maintenance
  1. Fire Extinguishers
    1. Classes of fire
    2. Extinguishing agents
  2. Fire Hose and Appliances
    1. Sizes and types
    2. Identification, selection and use of nozzles
    3. Maintenance
  3. Fire Extinguishment
    1. Fire streams
    2. Fire protection systems
    3. Water supply systems
  4. Ladders
    1. Types
    2. Use
    3. Maintenance
  5. Tools and Equipment
    1. Types
    2. Use
    3. Maintenance
    4. Ventilation
    5. Vertical
    6. Horizontal
    7. Mechanical
  6. Firefighter Safety
    1. Equipment
    2. Fire fighting

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Handouts
  • Video/PowerPoint
  • Case Study
  • Scenarios
  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Table top exercises
  • Hands on training
  • Live Fire Training


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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Group Participation
  • Class Discussion
  • Practical Exercises
  • Hands on training
  • Live Fire Training

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, Third Edition, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Jones & Bartlett ISBN-13: 9781284059656

Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills Student Workbook, Third Edition, Third Edition, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Jones & Bartlett ISBN-13: 9781449688240

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Attendance Policy:

Students are advised to insure adequate travel time so as to be “on the line” when class begins. Tardiness is not tolerated. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Any deviation or exception to this policy is purely at the discretion of the instructor. Only special circumstances will be taken into consideration.

Evaluation: Weighted Points
Quizzes 25% 25
Practical Assessments Pass/Fail    Pass/Fail
Mid-term Written Exam    25% 25
Final Written Exam 50% 50
Final Practical Exam pass/fail Pass/Fail
  1. Quizzes are given upon completion of the instructional and practical portion of each subject.
  2. The student must achieve a minimum of 80% on all quizzes
  3. A practical exam is given on each subject after practice or skill evolution is given on a Pass/Fail basis (all or nothing).
  4. The student is required to pass all practical assessments.
  5. Mid-term exam is weighted at 25% of the overall grade
  6. The final written exam is weighted at 50% of the overall grade
  7. A Final Pass/Fail Practical Exam is given at the end of the academy. Each student will perform all skills during this exam (all or nothing).

The Final Course Exam

Upon completion of instruction in all subject areas, the two part final exam will be given. The student is required to pass both final written and final practical exam with a minimum of 80% each.

The final written exam consists of 200- multiple-choice questions. The student who successfully passes the written exam will return on a designated date to complete the final practical exam.

The final practical exam consists of all the Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) skill sheets. The student will perform all skills during the final practical exam.

Retakes for a student who fails to achieve the 80% will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis considering the students’ performance and scores over the entire course.

Concurrent enrollment is required in both FIR 102 and FIR 103, to complete the Firefighter Training Program.

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

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.