Fire Department Administration I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 217

       Course Name: Fire Department Administration I

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Firefighter II - Required, Firefighter III - Recommended

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course presents the types, organizational structure, and activities of fire departments. Course content includes recruitment through training; personnel assignments, promotion, working conditions, pay and hours, retirement; fire station facilities, communication centers, training facilities; preparation of specifications, advertising and acceptance of bids for procuring apparatus and equipment; testing and maintenance of apparatus and equipment and types of systems and utilization of available water supply. 

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 (NFPA).

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and describe the various components of the ISO grading schedule.
  2. Apply the various components of the ISO grading schedule, given a scenario, to achieve compliance with the schedule.
  3. Identify and describe the various components related to the organization of fire departments.
  4. Synthesis the information and material obtained to identify and describe the features and/or deficiencies of various fire department facilities.
  5. Identify and describe the various components of a municipality’s fire protection water supply system.
  6. Identify and describe the personnel issues related to recruitment, working conditions, pay and hours, promotions, and retirement.
  7. Apply the various principles, practices, and regulations related to recruitment, working conditions, pay and hours, promotions, or retirement to achieve compliance or resolve the problem to an assigned scenario.
  8. Identify and describe the various NFPA and federal regulations related to fire department training.
  9. Identify and describe the various NFPA and federal regulations related to testing and maintenance of apparatus
  10. Identify and describe the various NFPA and federal regulations related to apparatus specifications.

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. Introduction, organization structure of fire department
  2. ISO, Fire Service Accreditation,
  3. Field exercise: Water flow
  4. Water supply, types, and restrictions
  5. Fire Service Facilities
  6. Personnel: Recruitment, Working Conditions, Pay and Hours, Promotions, Retirement
  7. Training, regulations, and requirements
  8. Testing and maintenance of apparatus
  9. Facilities summary and analysis
  10. Training & Personnel
  11. Apparatus specifications
  12. Collective bargaining agreements
  13. NFPA code

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Handouts
  • Case Histories
  • Scenarios
  • Class & 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
  • Individual Presentations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Quizzes
  • Written Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Required Text: Fire Officer Principles and Practice 3rd Edition, NFPA & IAFC, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2015.

Course references include but are not limited to:

Fire Department Company Officer, IFSTA, 4th Edition, 2007

Fire Service Personnel Management, by Steven Edwards, 2nd Edition, 2005, Prentice Hall

The Fire Chief's Handbook, by Ronny Coleman…[et al.], 6th  2003 edition, PennWell Corporation 

Management in the Fire Service, by Harry Carter and Erwin Rausch, 2nd Edition, NFPA

Fire and Emergency Services Administration, by Charles Smeby, Jr., 2006, Jones and Bartlett Publishers

NFPA 1500 Handbook, Edited by Teele, Bruce, NFPA, 1991

Fire Department Occupational Safety, IFSTA, 2nd Edition, 1991

Fire Service Administration, by Nancy Grant and David Hoover.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale: 90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below F
Homework/Assignments 10 points
Homework/Assignments 10 points
Homework/Assignments 10 points
Class Exercise 5 points
Quizzes (3) 15 points
Final Exam 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.