Topics in Fire Science Technology

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 290

       Course Name: Topics in Fire Science Technology

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Prerequisite: Varies depending on specific topic.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers a variety of different topics during different semesters. Topics will be selected from among current advances in fire science technology. Typical course concentrations might be Chief Fire Officer Training or Hazardous Materials and Terrorist Incident Response. Check with the instructor and the latest college class listings for details. The course may be repeated twice.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The following objectives follow the National Fire Protection Association NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. The following are objectives for advanced administrative, financial forecasting in fire service organizations.

  1. Discuss and describe advanced administrative, financial, communications, political, legal, managerial, analytical, and information management in the fire service.
  2. Evaluate job performance requirements in the fire service to improve the department.
  3. Describe management and administrative principles of public and private organizations that support fire and emergency services.
  4. Evaluate current employee and management relations and initiate the ;development of a process that supports a positive and participative 0;employee and management program.
  5. Establish and evaluate a list of education and in-­service training goals, given a summary of the job requirements for all positions within the department, so that all members can achieve and maintain required proficiencies.
  6. List the steps involved in labor negotiations within a unionized Fire Department.
  7. Explain inquiries of the community and projecting the role of the department to the public and delivering safety, injury, and Fire Prevention Education or Risk Reduction programs.
  8. Discuss the importance of projecting a positive image of the fire department to the community.
  9. Demonstrate effective public communication.

What follows is an example of the learning objectives based upon the Emergency Response planning and terrorist incident response objectives.

  1. Describe current local, national, and international trends, and developments related to fire service emergency preparedness and response organizations.
  2. Analyze comprehensive emergency management plans.
  3. Explain the role of incident command system (ICS) in emergency management.
  4. Describe the responsibility involving intergovernmental agreements and partnerships to identify and improve resource allocation and distribution networks for emergency and sustained response within the State of Illinois.
    1. For local and area-wide emergencies, identify and prepare emergency resources, utilizing the Mutual Aid Box Alarm system (MABAS), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
    2. Prepare and implement a multi-hazard emergency operation plan in regards to disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery plans, and activities, for both local and area-wide emergencies, utilizing the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 
  5. Discuss program development to improve and/or expand service, which build public or private partnerships.
  6. Forecast the outlook for Emergency Response, multi-hazard emergency operation plan, and resource allocation.
  7. Diagram the steps in developing an emergency management plan.
  8. Develop and conduct a post­-incident analysis and After Action Report, so that all required critical elements are identified.

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

The following are outline topics for advanced administrative, financial forecasting in fire service organizations.

  1. Fire Department Operations & Administration
    1. Administrative functions
    2. Finance and budgeting
    3. Public communication
    4. Political, legal, analytical influences
    5. Governmental Structure
  2. Management and administrative principles of public and private organizations
    1. Public Relations
    2. Inspections/Investigations
    3. Emergency Services Delivery
    4. Training Considerations
      1. Fitness Program
    5. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing System
  3. Human resource management
    1. Promotions, performance requirements and evaluations
    2. Labor negotiations
    3. Labor relations
    4. Conflict management and record keeping
  4. Resource planning & administration
    1. Information Management
    2. Planning
  5. Training programs
    1. Training goals
    2. Safety
    3. Life-safety initiatives

Emergency Response planning and terrorist incident response topics:

  1. Identify local, National and international trends
    1. Preparedness
    2. Response
    3. Mitigation
    4. Recovery
  2. Emergency Management Plans
    1. Steps and components
    2. Public and private partnerships
    3. Available resources
  3. Incident Management System
    1. History
    2. Functional Units
    3. Hazard and risk assessment techniques
      1. Intelligence gathering
      2. Public information
    4. Tools
    5. Termination procedures
  4. On-Scene Incident Commander
    1. Implementing local, state, federal/ national emergency response systems
      1. Triggering a response
      2. Partners
      3. Identify who, what where when why and how
    2. Financial requirements and FEMA 
    3. Government response plans
      1. Recovery

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instruction will include lectures, class discussions, and individual and computer laboratory projects.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading of the text and/or handouts is required as a reference to the materials and the techniques under study.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Vary with individual sections and will include texts, on-line material, or handouts.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods will include quizzes, examinations, final examination, and computer laboratory assignments.

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.