Emergency Response Tactical Operations

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 192

       Course Name: Emergency Response Tactical Operations

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CAD 191/FIR 191

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

A course in tactical planning for Emergency Responders using pre-plan scenarios to coordinate tactical operations. Emphasis is on crisis management by Fire, Police and Support Personnel in implementing tactical operations for any and all emergencies.  Hazards will include:

  • fire
  • hostile intruder
  • severe weather
  • utility outages
  • natural disasters
  • facility security (schools, public assemblies, health care)

Technologies are used by students in a lab environment to gain information about the condition of personnel, and to assess risk.  Technologies will include surveillance, pre-plans, and converged communications to provide information to emergency operations managers for developing the appropriate tactical response and recovery efforts.

Students cannot receive credit for both FIR 192 and LAE 192.

IV.   Learning Objectives

This course is an introduction to Emergency Response Tactical with emphasis on using pre-plans, database and surveillance applications to develop tactical operations.

  • Students will use pre-plans and databases for a variety of crisis situations to develop appropriate responses.
  • Students will develop tactical plans to be used by Emergency Response Personnel for a specific hazard response
  • Student will be able to assess critical situations, respond appropriately, mitigate the incident, and initiate the recovery phase.

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       Protective Duties – Fire, Police, Support Personnel
2       Risk Assessment
3       Risk Analysis – Surveillance and planning technologies
4       Databases
5       Tactical Operations
6       Developing Appropriate Tactical Responses
7       Unified Command
8       All Hazard Planning
9       Lab and reports
10       Lab and reports
11       Class Project - Tactical Scenario Presentation
12       Final Exam

The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments by informing the class accordingly

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures demonstrate drawing techniques with a hands on focus emphasizing the solution of emergency response problems.

Problems will be assigned during class.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Completion of drawings and reports.
  • Passing examinations and quizzes.
  • Attendance

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.

Emergency Response Planning
Author: Paul A. Erickson
Publisher: Academic Press; 1st edition (January 15, 1999)
ISBN-10: 012241540X
ISBN-13: 978-0122415401

FireHouse Software

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Drawings will be graded according to standard drawing conventions provide on assignment sheets, notes and handouts.

60% Labs / Reports
25% Tests & Quizzes
15% Homework questions
100% Grade Total

90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
BELOW 60% = F

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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.