Fire Department Administration III

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 227

       Course Name: Fire Department Administration III

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: FIR 217 Leadership I and FIR 218 Leadership II

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Fire Department Administration III is first of two management courses required of eligible candidates pursuing the Fire Officer II certification from the OSFM. The course content includes management principles and techniques used by mid-level managers and chief officers in fire service. The student will practice and apply the principles of time management, decision-making, and delegation.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to discuss and synthesize the leadership skills including roles and responsibilities, management functions, personnel assignments, records and reports and data analysis. The student will examines fire department policies and procedures, discuss methods to maximize member performance, and define justify ethics for fire officers.

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).

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

  • Introduction
  • The basis for prevention
  • Public fire prevention organizations & function
  • Private fire protection and prevention organization
  • Fire prevention through the code process
  • Plan review
  • Inspection
  • Fire protection systems testing
  • Other fire prevention functions
  • Fire prevention through investigation
  • Fire prevention through public education, awareness, and public forum
  • Fire prevention through records and record keeping
  • Community risk reduction

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Handouts
  • Video/PPT
  • 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
  • Class Discussion
  • Practical Exercises
  • Individual Presentations

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Required Text:
Principles of Fire Prevention, Diamantes, David, Jones and Bartlett, 3rd Edition, 2015 ISBN: 9781284041866

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress


Practical Skills, Discussion & Participation 10 points
Research paper 20 points
Quizzes 20 points
Homework 10 points
Mid-Term 15 points
Final Exam 25 points
TOTAL 100 points

Grading Scale:

100 – 90 A
89 – 80 B
79 – 70 C
69 – 60 D
59 & Below F

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.