Fire Fighting Tactics II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 122

       Course Name: Fire Fighting Tactics II

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

FIR101 - Introduction to Fire Science, FIR121 - Fire Fighting Tactics I

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues FIR 121. Content includes application of principles of firefighting tactics to specific fire situations; documentation and evaluation of actual fire incidents.          

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 1041 (NFPA).

IV.   Learning Objectives

To familiarize the student with the authority and responsibility of the Fire Officer II. To familiarize the students with the strategic concepts associated with multi-company operations and operations involving mutual aid or multi-company responses. To familiarize the student with the tactical and strategic principles at the scene of the following emergency situations: residential occupancies, business occupancies, industrial occupancies, penal occupancies, educational occupancies, health care occupancies, high-rise operations, storage occupancies, assembly occupancies and disaster planning.

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

  1. Demonstrate ability to manage operations at various types of emergency incidents.
  2. Apply elements of incident management at expanded emergency incidents.
  3. Define the role of the Incident Commander and other response personnel in safety management.
  4. Determine risk-benefit of specified scene operations.
  5. List the basic cues that indicate a potential risk to personnel.
  6. Employ strategic concepts associated with multi-company operations and operations involving mutual aid or multi-company responses.
  7. Determine the allocation of necessary resources given a simulated emergency incident.
  8. Determine the appropriate decision-making style to use at a particular emergency incident.
  9. Differentiate and explain the tactical and strategic principles for:
    1. residential occupancies
    2. business occupancies
    3. industrial occupancies
    4. educational occupancies
    5. health care occupancies
    6. high-rise operations
    7. storage occupancies
    8. assembly occupancies
  10. Demonstrate the ability to establish and manage a formal command post at an expanded emergency incident.
  11. Identify the components of a post-incident analysis to determine operational strengths and weaknesses at emergency incidents.

OSFM Learning Outcomes:

            5STII-1 Understand orientation to Strategy and Tactics II

            5STII-2 Understand the safety standards and programs that pertain to Fire Officer

            5STII-3 Understand the components of the incident scene management system

            5STII-4 Understand the initial considerations for multi-company operations

            5STII-5 Understand the Company Officers’ role in disaster management

            5STII-6 Understand multi company operations for various occupancies

            5STII-7 Demonstrate multi company operations simulations for various occupancies

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. Incident Management System
    1. Review of Incident Command
    2. Application of Incident Management System
  2. Strategic Considerations and Safety Management
    1. Risk-benefit perspective
    2. Anticipating safety factors in escalating incidents
  3. Multi-Company Operations at Various Occupancies and Resource Allocation
    1. Multi-company operations
    2. Operations involving mutual aid or multi-company responses
    3. Projecting resource needs
    4. Assigning resources
    5. Demobilization
  4. Decision-Making
    1. Decision-making styles
    2. Evaluating the progress
  5. Command Post
    1. Establishing a command post
    2. Managing a command post
  6. Major Emergency and Disaster Planning
  7. Post-Incident Analysis
    1. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
    2. What went right; what went wrong

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Handouts
  • PowerPoint/Videos
  • Case Histories
  • Scenarios
  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Individual Presentations
  • Simulator


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
  • Simulator
  • Written Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Firefighting Strategies and Tactics, Third Edition, Angle J. et al., 2015, Jones & Bartlett ISBN-13: 9781284036435

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale: 90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below F
Quiz #1 10 points
Quiz #2 10 points
Quiz #3 10 points
Final Exam, OSFM 70 points
TOTAL 100 points


There will be four (3) quizzes, each quiz is a take home quiz

Final Exam & OSFM Certification Exam:

The Final Exam will be given in class on Friday; the exam is worth 70 points. This exam will be a comprehensive exam covering all materials from the entire course: including all class materials, handouts, textbook, class discussions, and quizzes. This exam is a 50-question multiple choice exam. The student is required to achieve 70% (35 correct questions) or better and pass this course to receive OSFM Certification for this course.

Assessments: There will be a one on one Chief’s assessment and numerous others throughout the week.

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Attendance is mandatory. Per OSFM rules, the student is allowed to miss no more than 4 hours of this course.
  2. Any missed assignments, quizzes, tests, and the OSFM
  3. Certification Exam must be completed within one week of the last class session.
  4. Additional instruction and tutoring may be arranged outside of the classroom time with either instructor.

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.