Fire Prevention Principles II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 211

       Course Name: Fire Prevention Principles II

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended FIR 101 and FIR 201

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course continues FIR 201, Fire Prevention Principles I. The content of this course includes the responsibilities and management of fire prevention programs, implementation of public education programs, functions of fire alarms, and special extinguishing systems. This course also addresses the relationship between building codes, life safety codes, and other codes as they relate to fire hazards and causes.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is for the student to describe the functions and responsibilities of the fire prevention bureau. The student will be to describe and discuss the following topic areas.

  1. Planning public education programs
  2. Community and school intervention and involvement
  3. The value of media
  4. The legislative process
  5. Fire protection and detection systems
  6. Life safety
  7. Program budgeting
  8. Public speaking
  9. Data information and processing
  10. Program evaluation    

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

  • Fire and life safety (past, present and future)
  • Fire department organization and structure
  • Dynamics of fire
  • Firefighter personal protective equipment, fire protection systems and devices
  • Dynamics of human behavior, unintentional injuries, intended injuries
  • Disasters and disaster preparedness
  • Life safety education
  • Partnerships, informational presentations, learning environments
  • Creating a plan to address community risk and working with the press
  • Resource development and appropriation

VII.  Methods of Instruction

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

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

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

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Fire and Life Safety Educator, Third Edition, IFSTA Publishers, 2011

References: Principles of Fire Prevention, 3rd Edition, Jones and Bartlett, 2016.

Public Fire Education Planning, A Five Step Process, U. S. Fire Administration, 2008.
(downloadable version:

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale: A 90 - 100 points
B 80 - 89 points
C 70 - 79 points
D 60 - 69 points
F 59 & Below
Testing: Quizzes 40 points
Homework 10 points
Presentation & Research 30 points
Final Exam 20 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.