Fire Department Administration IV

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 228

       Course Name: Fire Department Administration IV

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course is the second of two management courses required of eligible candidates pursuing Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal certification as Fire Officer II. Content includes management principles and techniques used by mid-level managers and chief officers in fire service.  Principles of public relations, labor relations, administrative liability and personnel management are emphasized.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student to describe the functions and responsibilities of the fire officer the operation and administration of a fire department at the local, state, and federal levels. The student will be able to describe and discuss the following topic areas. Summarize the role of community organizations in the operation and administration of a fire department as it relates to service organizations and community groups. Identify the laws and standards that affect the operation and administration of a fire department. Explains the content of a media news release and demonstrates the ability to prepare and deliver press releases. Develops a project or divisional budget, specifies schedules and guidelines concerning capital expenditures, operating and personnel costs and is prepared to justify all costs. Describes the process of purchasing, including soliciting and awarding a bid, given specifications, in order to ensure competitive bidding. The student will describe employee and management programs that support a positive and participative employee/ management environment.

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. Maximizing member performance
    1. Leadership
    2. 5 Core Competencies
    3. Command Presence
    4. Coaching/ Mentoring/Succession planning
  2. Organizational Change
  3. Role of the Press
  4. Policies and Procedures
  5. Employee evaluations
  6. Employee Progressive Discipline
  7. Accident and Safety
    1. NIOSH Reports
  8. Fire Service Laws
  9. Barriers to Effective Leadership
  10. Data analysis and budgets
  11. Records and reports
  12. Personnel Assignments
  13. Course requirements
  14. Networking
  15. Fireground accountability

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
  • Decision-making
  • Using References                               
  • Group Participation                
  • Class Discussion/interaction                          
  • Practical Exercises     
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Fire Officer Principles and Practice, Ward, M., 3rd edition, NFPA & Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2014

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 #1 20 points
Homework #2 20 points
Group Exercise 10 points
Quizzes (5 points each)  15 points
Final Exam 35 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.