Blue Card – Incident Command

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 285

       Course Name: Blue Card – Incident Command

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Consent of instructor and completion of FEMA Certifications: ICS-100.b, IS-200.b, ICS-700.a, and IS-800.b. Also, students must successfully complete 50-hour online course component prior to beginning in-class simulation.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is designed to equip and then certify the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve in the role of Incident Commander or to supervise and manage emergency and hazard zone operations for National Incident Management System Type 4 and Type 5 events.  The Blue Card certification is a blended course experience which incorporates 50 hours of online instruction with 24 hours of in-class computer simulation training. 

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the eight functions of command
  2. Develop Incident Action Plans
  3. Identify critical fireground factors
  4. Determine incident strategies
  5. Identify incident tactical priorities
  6. Identify task assignments
  7. Determine resource allocations
  8. Identify standard incident outcomes
  9. Demonstrate appropriate incident decision making abilities
  10. Determine risk management plans

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
  2. Functions of command
  3. Critical fireground factors
  4. Incident strategies
  5. Tactical priorities
  6. Task assignments
  7. Incident Action Plans
  8. Resource allocations
  9. Incident outcomes
  10. Incident decision making
  11. Risk management plans
  12. Command Leadership

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Handouts
  • Videos
  • Computer Simulations
  • Case Histories
  • Scenarios
  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion 

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
  • Computer Simulations
  • Individual Simulations
  • Radio Communications

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Blue Card, Online Course

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale:
100 – 90 A
89 – 80 B
79 – 70 C
69 – 60 D
59 & Below F
Practical Skills & Simulations 50 points
Quizzes 10 points
On-line Homework 10 points
Final Exam 30 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.