Introduction to Public Safety Careers - Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services - I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 110

       Course Name: Introduction to Public Safety Careers - Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services - I

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces three areas of public safety: fire, police, and Emergency Medical Services.  Fire content instructs the student on fire department organization and operations, and general aspects of fire science.  Police content instructs the student on police department organization and operations, and different criminal justice careers.  Emergency Medical Services content instructs the student on emergency medical technician career paths and introduction to the health care professional careers. The student will be trained as a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) Member. Credit cannot be received in both FIR 110 and LAE 110.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Public Safety: Fire
    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to understand:
    • Basic Fire Behavior
    • Basic Building Design and Construction
    • Life Safety and Fire Loss Control
    • Fire Department Organization, Administration, and Operations
    • Fire Prevention Code Enforcement
    • Public Education Activities
  2. Public Safety: Police
    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    • Philosophical & background of American law enforcement
    • An overview of the Criminal Justice System
    • Criminal Justice terminology
    • The role police, courts, and corrections play in the system
    • The types of crimes and criminals
    • U.S. Constitution amendments that affect the system
    • Career requirements and opportunities
  3. Public Safety: Emergency Medical Services
    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    • Duties and functions of an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic and Paramedic
    • Familiarization with the Allied Health Care Careers
    • Trained as a Citizen Corps - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Member

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. Public Safety: Fire
    1. Problems of Fire
    2. Fire Safety for People and Property
    3. Characteristics and Behavior of Fire
    4. Fire Hazards of Materials
    5. Fire Loss
    6. Building Design and Construction
  2. Public Safety: Police
    1. Crime and Justice as Public Policy Issues
    2. Victimization and Criminal Behavior
    3. Police Response and Action
    4. Foundations of the Criminal Law
    5. Courts and Pre-Trail Processes
    6. Prosecution and Defense
    7. Determination of Guilt: Plea Bargaining and Trials
  3. Public Safety: Emergency Medical Services
    1. Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
    2. Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
    3. Allied Health Care Careers
    4. Citizen Corps - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
      1. disaster preparedness
      2. fire safety
      3. disaster medical operations-triage and treating life threatening injuries
      4. disaster medical operations-assessment, treatment, and hygiene
      5. light search and rescue
      6. team organization
      7. disaster psychology
      8. terrorism and DERT
      9. final exercise

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction will include class lectures, videotapes, films, handouts, case studies, guest speakers, practical skills, and field trips.  The student will be expected to successfully complete the CERT program.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Reading Assignments
  2. Homework
  3. Discussion of Case Studies
  4. Class Project
  5. Written Quizzes and Examinations
  6. Practical Skill participation
  7. Field Trips

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

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Fundamentals of Fire Protection
Arthur  Cote  (2004)

The American System of Criminal Justice
George Cole & Christopher Smith  (2007)

Community Emergency Response Team
Participant Manual  (January 2005)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes 20 points
Homework 10 points
Project 10 points
CERT Completion    10 points
4 Exams 50 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.