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

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 111

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

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

FIR 110 or LAE 110

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is part two of two, an introduction into 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.

[Note: Credit cannot be earned in both FIR 110 and LAE 110.]

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Public Safety: Fire
    • Distinguish the basic types of fire behavior
    • Interpret basic building design and construction strategies
    • Explain life safety and fire loss control
    • Identify fire department organization, administration, and operations
    • Implement fire prevention and code enforcement
    • Examine public education activities
  2. Public Safety: Police
      Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    • Discuss the philosophy & background of American law enforcement
    • Examine an overview of the Criminal Justice System
    • Interpret Criminal Justice terminology
    • Explain the role police, courts, and corrections play in the system
    • Differentiate the types of crimes and criminals
    • Interpret U.S. Constitutional amendments that affect the system
    • Investigate career requirements and opportunities
  3. Public Safety: Emergency Medical Services
      Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    • Explain the duties and functions of an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic and Paramedic
    • Demonstrate familiarization with the Allied Health Care Careers
    • Complete courses in American Heart Association Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (AHA – CPR), Automatic External Defibrillator (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

  1. Public Safety: Fire
    • Fire Protection Systems
    • Municipal Fire Defenses
    • Fire Department Organization, Administration, and Operations
    • Codes and Standards
    • Fire Department Dispatching
  2. Public Safety: Police
    • Environmental emergencies
    • Corrections
    • Community Corrections: Probation and Intermediate Sanctions
    • Incarceration and Prison Society
    • Prison Society and Release
    • The Juvenile Justice System
  3. Public Safety: Emergency Medical Services
    • Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
    • Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
    • AHA - CPR, AED, and First Aid
    • General principles of first aid
    • Medical emergencies
    • Injury emergencies
    • CPR & AED
    • Environmental emergencies

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Handouts
  • Videos
  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Practical skills
  • Case reviews
  • Field Trips

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • 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.

Heartsaver® CPR AED, American Heart Association, (2015)

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
Heart Saver Completion 10 points
4 Exams 50 points

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.