Emergency Response Tactical Operations

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 192

       Course Name: Emergency Response Tactical Operations

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CAD 191 or FIR 191

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

A course in tactical planning for emergency responders using pre-plan scenarios to coordinate tactical operations. Emphasis is on crisis management by fire, police, and support personnel in implementing tactical operations for any and all emergencies. Hazards include fire, hostile intruder, severe weather, utility outages, natural disasters, and facility security. Technologies are used in a lab environment to gain information about the condition of personnel and to assess risk. Technologies include surveillance, pre-plans, and converged communications to provide information to emergency operations managers for developing the appropriate tactical response and recovery efforts.

Credit cannot be received in both FIR 192 and LAE 192.

IV.   Learning Objectives

This course is an introduction to emergency response tactical operations with emphasis on using data, databases, and surveillance applications to develop tactical operations.
  1. Demonstrate the use of data for a variety of crisis situations to develop appropriate response strategies
  2. Discuss the development of tactical plans used by Emergency Response Personnel for a specific hazard response
  3. Describe and explain how to assess critical situations, respond appropriately, mitigate the incident, and initiate the recovery phase.
  4. Identify the fundamental attributes and response strategy to an expanding incident
  5. Describe and explain situational awareness to include terrorism
  6. Identify and use appropriate recognition tools
  7. Explain the importance of intelligence gathering
  8. Distinguish the importance of documentation and evidence preservation

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. Protective Duties – Fire, Police, Support Personnel  
  2. Elements of emergency response programs
  3. Hazard and Risk Assessment
  4. Risk Analysis – Surveillance and planning technologies
  5. Databases and intelligence gathering
  6. Communication and information processes
  7. Tactical Operations
  8. Developing Appropriate Tactical Responses       
  9. Unified Command   
  10. Hazard Evaluation and Mitigation
  11. Biohazards and medical surveillance
  12. Hazard and Risk Reduction Strategies

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
  • Decision Making
  • Group Participation
  • Class Discussion
  • Individual Presentations
  • Lab/Practical Exercises
  • Written Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Emergency Response Planning for Corporate and Municipal Managers, Second Edition, Erickson, P.A., Butterworth-Heinemann Homeland Security, 2006

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes 20 points
Homework 10 points
Project 10 points
LAB 10 points
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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

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.