Fire Service Instructor
I. Course Prefix/Number: FIR 235
Course Name: Fire Service Instructor
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
This course is required as part of the Fire Officer1 Certification and examines the job of fire service instructor. Content includes basic principles of adult learning, classroom management, steps in teaching, teaching methods, planning instruction, training aids and devices, implementation of training programs, use of records, types of evaluation, preparation of tests, performance testing and practice teaching.
IV. Learning Objectives
The objective of this course is to instruct the student with the basic principles of adult learning, classroom management, steps in teaching, teaching methods, planning instruction, training aids and devices, implementation of training programs, record management, types of evaluation, preparation of tests, performance testing and practice teaching.
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
• 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
- Problem of Hazardous Materials
- Terminology and Regulations
- Risk Assessment
- Hazard Assessment
- Hazard Identification
- Emergency Response Planning
- Hazard Control
- Incident Management
- Managing the Incident
- Practical Skills
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Case Histories
- Class Discussion
- Group Discussion
- Individual Presentations
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Using References
- Decision Making
- Group Participation
- Group Interaction
- Class Discussion
- Practical Exercises
- Individual Presentations
- Written Exam
IX. Instructional Materials
Required Text: Fire Service Instructor Advantage Package, Print Edition, 2nd Enhanced Edition, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2014, ISBN-13: 9781284047417
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
|59 and below||F|
|Homework #1 – Impromptu Presentation||10 points|
|Homework #2 – How-To Presentation||10 points|
|Homework #3 – Hot Topic Presentation||10 points|
|Class Participation||25 points|
|Quizzes (3) – You are the Instructor||15 points|
|Cognitive Lesson Plan Presentation||50 points|
|Psychomotor Lesson Plan Presentation||50 points|
|Final Exam||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
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.