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

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR/LAE 110

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

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course, part one of two, introduces to the student 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 as a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) Member. Note: Credit cannot be earned in both FIR 110 and LAE 110.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Public Safety: Fire
    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the role of the fire service in America and America’s fire problem. The student will be able to identify the chemistry of fire, fire behavior, building construction and the impact on the structure by fire. Distinguish the areas of fire department structure and management. Practice the incident command system and categorize the types of personal protective equipment, fire equipment, apparatus, and facilities.
  2. Public Safety: Police
    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to understand the philosophical & background of American law enforcement and the basics of the Criminal Justice System and terminology. The student will be able to identify the role police, courts, and corrections play in the Criminal Justice System. The student will be able to distinguish types of crimes and criminals and summarize the American Judicial System.
  3. Public Safety: Emergency Medical Services
    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe and discuss the duties and functions of an Emergency Medical Technician both basic and paramedic. The student will discuss allied health care careers.
  4. Citizen Corp Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
    Upon completion of this course, the student will apply the duties of a CERT member and be able to perform those actions in emergencies as a CERT member.

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

  • Public Safety: Fire
  • History of the Fire Service
  • Fire and Emergency Services Career Opportunities
  • Firefighting Selection Process
  • Training and Higher Education
  • Fire Department Resources
  • Fire Dynamics 
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Public Safety: Police
  • Criminal Justice Today
  • Causes of Crime
  • Defining and Measuring Crime
  • Inside Criminal Law
  • Law Enforcement Today
  • Challenges to Effective Policing
  • Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement
  • Courts and the Quest for Justice

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Handouts
  • Videos
  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Individual Presentations
  • Case reviews

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Using References
  • Decision Making
  • Group Participation
  • Class Discussion
  • Individual Presentations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Written Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Basic Training Participant Manual: Community Emergency Response Team Manual, FEMA, (2011)

Fundamentals of Fire and Emergency Services, Loyd, Jason B., and Richardson, James D., Brady Fire Series, Second Edition, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-341923-8           

The American System of Criminal Justice, 15th Edition, George Cole & Christopher Smith, 2015

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes 20 points
Homework 10 points
Project 10 points
CERT 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

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.