Firefighter III/Advanced Technician Firefighter

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 106

       Course Name: Firefighter III/Advanced Technician Firefighter

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

FIR 102 and 103

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides instruction to Basic Operations Firefighter students in advanced firefighting techniques. The Advanced Technician Firefighter is able to perform firefighting operations without direct supervision. Emphasis is 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.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The course prepares students for certification as an Advanced Technician Firefighter by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. A condensed subject version of OSFM objectives include:

  1. Identify the role of the Advance Technician Firefighter within the organization
  2. Demonstrate the need for the Incident Command System
  3. Identify how fire behaves in burning buildings
  4. Identify the need of an Incident Safety Officer
  5. Demonstrate how to complete a basic NFIRS incident report
  6. Identify dangerous building conditions created by fire and fire suppression activities
  7. Demonstrate how to determine developing hazardous building conditions
  8. Identify which type of ladder is appropriate for a given task
  9. Identify safe hose and ladder practices
  10. Demonstrate operating hose testing equipment and nozzles
  11. Identify how the purpose and steps in determining available water from a fire hydrant
  12. Demonstrate using a Pitot tube and gauge to read and record flow GPM, Static pressure and flow pressures
  13. Identify guidelines for cleaning, maintaining equipment, and its documentation
  14. Demonstrate operating power plants, power tools, and lighting equipment
  15. Identify the association between specific tools and special forcible entry/exit needs
  16. Demonstrate the ability to operate hand and power tools for forcible entry
  17. Identify the role of the advanced firefighter in ventilation operations
  18. Demonstrate the role of the advanced firefighter in the different types of ventilation operations
  19. Identify suppression approaches and practices for various types of structural fires
  20. Demonstrate attack techniques and coordinate fire attack for various types of structural fires
  21. Identify the role of the advanced technician firefighter in assessing origin and cause and protecting the scene for the fire investigation
  22. Demonstrate the ability to locate a fire’s origin area
  23. Identify the importance of a fire safety survey and public fire educations programs to fire department public relations and the community
  24. Demonstrate the ability to prepare a pre-incident survey, so that all required occupancy information is recorded, items of concern are noted, and accurate sketches or diagrams are prepared
  25. Identify the fundamentals of fire suppression and detection systems
  26. Demonstrate the ability to identify the components of a fire suppression and detection system
  27. Identify techniques and tolls for leading a team of firefighters in the removal of an incapacitated firefighter
  28. Demonstrate assembling a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) with proper tools and equipment to function as a RIT team when a mayday is called
  29. Identify the role of the advanced technician firefighter at a technical rescue operation
  30. Demonstrate the ability to assist rescue teams and establish public barriers when assigned

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. Fire Department Organization
  2. Fire Department Behavior
  3. Safety
  4. Communication
  5. Building Construction
  6. Ladders
  7. Fire Hose
  8. Water Supply
  9. Tools and Equipment
  10. Forcible Entry
  11. Ventilation
  12. Fire Control
  13. Protecting Evidence for Cause and Origin
  14. Fire Prevention and Public Education
  15. Fire Detection and Alarm Suppression Systems
  16. Firefighter Survival
  17. Technical Rescue

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instructions will include lectures, power point presentations, and hands-on training in operating various facets involved in fire suppression operations.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be required to be an active participant in all class activities, in particular those involving manual skills. The structured nature of this course makes attendance of all classes mandatory.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Essentials of Fire Fighting, 5th Edition, International Fire Services Training Association.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Quizzes
  2. Examinations
  3. Demonstration of manual skills
  4. Demonstration of fire suppression operations

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.