Academics

FRSTK 110 INTRODUCTION TO FIRE SCIENCE

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides the student with a broad overview and survey of fire and emergency services. The course content includes apparatus and equipment, careers available, history, organization of modern fire and emergency services.


FRSTK 111 FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES INSTRUCTOR I

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an introduction to the principles of educating the adult learner. It focuses on the four step teaching process, assisting with the development of lesson plans, and using instructional aids within the realm of fire science technology. This course equips students with basics skills to instruct personnel from a pre-produced lesson plan.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a "C" or better or concurrent enrollment, or department approval


FRSTK 112 FIRE PREVENTION PRINCIPLES

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course develops the fundamental principles, theories and techniques of fire prevention, including the organization and implementation of a thorough and deliberate program of public fire prevention. In addition to emphasizing fire and life safety through recognition and elimination of related hazards will be emphasized. Familiarization with a model fire prevention code, the legal, social, economic and political aspects of providing public fire protection will also be stressed.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a "C" or better or concurrent enrollment, or department approval


FRSTK 113 FIRE COMPANY APPARATUS AND PROCEDURES

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides an understanding of the practices and procedures which permit the most efficient utilization of firefighting appliances and vehicles. While elementary firefighting tactics and strategy will be introduced, the emphasis of this course will be on apparatus design requirements, operation and maintenance necessary for effective and reliable fireground performance. The class includes Fire Service Vehicle Operations which is designed to give fire service personnel the basic knowledge and skills to safely perform fire service vehicle operations as defined by NFPA 1451, Fire Service Vehicle Operations Program. NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications, 1998. This course covers the classroom portion of the FSVO certification. Students will be required to complete the practical portion of FSVO as prescribed by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal prior to challenging the FSVO certification test through the OSFM.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


FRSTK 114 FIRE SERVICE TACTICS AND STRATEGY I

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course develops an understanding of the art and science of effective utilization of personnel, apparatus, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fireground. Emphasis will be placed on pre-fire planning, size-up and organization of the fireground situation, firefighting operations (ventilation, operation of hose streams, overhauling) and post-fire analysis and study.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


FRSTK 115 CERTIFIED APPARATUS ENGINEER

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course covers fire department apparatus including: Illinois state laws as they pertain to fire apparatus, operations apparatus, calculating pump pressures, understanding pump operations, and safe driving procedures.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


FRSTK 116 RECRUIT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING MODULE A

5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course, Module A, is a basic introduction to firemanship for a firefighter. The course includes basic fire behavior, extinguishers and extinguishing agents, small tool and equipment utilization, and ladders. Practical applications of each procedure will be made. The materials in this course are intended to prepare the firefighter to challenge the written exam required for Illinois State Certified Firefighters. This course is designed as the first one-third of the Certified Firefighter Program.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


FRSTK 117 RECRUIT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING MODULE B

5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course, Module B, is the second course in the Certified Firefighter Program. The course includes instruction in ropes, emergency medical care, water supply, fire streams, forcible entry, ventilation, rescue and overhaul. Course instruction is designed to prepare the firefighter for the written exam for Illinois State Certified Firefighters.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


FRSTK 118 RECRUIT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING MODULE C

5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course, Module C, is the third course in the Certified Firefighter Program and includes instruction in communications, sprinkler systems, salvage, fire inspections, fire cause and origin and hazardous materials.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


FRSTK 132 INDUSTRIAL FIRE PROTECTION

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course involves the study of the principles of industrial loss prevention, including risk management, fire hazards and causes, structural fire and explosion protection, fixed detection and suppression systems.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


FRSTK 211 FIRE SERVICE INSTRUCTOR, STANDARD LEVEL

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is the second level of instructor training which is designed to more thoroughly acquaint the trainee with the methods and techniques of training and further develop lesson presentation skills. Additionally, the trainee will learn how to design, develop and administer training programs. The course development process and the planning, researching, writing and evaluation of training curricula and programs will be addressed. Forty-eight hours of lecture, discussion and practice teaching.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 111 with a grade of "C" or better and qualified as Basic Certified Instructor


FRSTK 212 FIRE PREVENTION PRINCIPLES II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to meet the needs of individuals who desire to become familiar with advanced fire protection, inspections and investigation practices and procedures. The course is structured to meet the requirement established by the Illinois State Fire Marshal for certification as a Fire Officer II.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 112 with a grade of "C" or better


FRSTK 214 TACTICS AND STRATEGY II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an advanced study in firefighting strategy and leadership, designed mainly for fire officers and potential fire officers. This course will partially fulfill state requirements for Fire Officer II.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 114


FRSTK 222 SELECTED TOPICS

1 Credit Hours (OC)
The content of this course varies from offering to offering to meet the changing needs of students and to allow exploration of topics more fully than can be addressed in survey courses. Each offering will present a unique investigation of a topic in fire science. This course is repeatable if the topic and content are different up to a maximum of four semester hours of credit. The duration of the course will depend upon the topic to be covered.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better


FRSTK 225 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a basic introduction to the principles of building construction for firefighters. This course will teach firefighters the importance of understanding how the construction of a building influences the severity of a fire and how to control it.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better


FRSTK 227 CHEMISTRY OF FLAMMABLE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course develops the properties of chemically active materials such as flammable liquids, oxidizing and corrosive materials, and radioactive compounds. Emphasis is placed not only upon identification, labeling, storage, handling and disposal, but will also consider identification and application of the appropriate extinguishing agents.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better and approved laboratory science


FRSTK 228 CHEMISTRY OF EXPLOSIVE AND TOXIC MATERIALS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an in-depth study of the properties of flammable, explosive and toxic materials, and combustible solids. The inter-reaction of various chemical compounds will also be considered. Secondary emphasis on effects of various extinguishing agents and accompanying emergency procedures.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better and approved laboratory science


FRSTK 229 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS AND OPERATIONS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course covers hazardous materials awareness and first operations requirements specified in the State of Illinois Fire Marshal guidelines to meet OSHA and EPA standards.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 and FRSTK 114 both with a "C" or better


FRSTK 230 FIRE SERVICE HYDRAULICS AND APPARATUS OPERATIONS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course covers topics concerning fire service mobile apparatus including: Illinois state motor laws as they pertain to fire apparatus, apparatus operations, calculating pump pressures, understanding pump operations, understanding hydraulic systems on ladder and rescue companies, and safe driving procedures.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


FRSTK 231 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed for those firefighting personnel who are or will be operating as part of an organized hazardous materials response team. Emphasis is placed on the skills necessary to operate in a safe manner while utilizing special protective clothing.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 229 with a grade of "C" or better


FRSTK 232 FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of basic principles involved in design and operation of existing suppression and detection systems found in most occupancies.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval


FRSTK 250 FIRE SERVICE MANAGEMENT I

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an exploration of organizational principles with emphasis on fire department organization; a study of the history, types, methods and principles of fire department organization, both formal and informal line and staff. Emphasis is placed on supervisory responsibilities and functions.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


FRSTK 252 FIRE SERVICE MANAGEMENT II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is intended as a management program for present and potential members of the fire service. It is designed to fulfill state requirements for Fire Officer I and expand the present program curriculum in the area of management.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


FRSTK 253 FIRE SERVICE MANAGEMENT III

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to prepare the student for the position of a senior officer on a fire department. A study is made of the roles and functions of the senior officer positions. This is the first of two management classes for Fire Officer II certification.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 250 and FRSTK 252 both with a grade of "C" or better


FRSTK 254 FIRE MANAGEMENT IV

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to fit the needs of a senior fire officer in learning to use the group process for planning, decision-making and team development. It is a class designed to meet the requirements established by the Illinois State Fire Marshal for certification as a Fire Officer II.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 253 with a grade of "C" or better


FRSTK 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.

Pre-requisite: Department approval


FRSTK 260 LEGAL ISSUES IN THE FIRE SERVICE

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course covers possible legal issues that may arise in the fire service, up to and including the company officer rank. The course reviews the operation of the US legal system at both the federal and state level. Issues discussed include emergency vehicle operation, tort liability, employment law, and labor law with an emphasis on the laws of the State of Illinois.

Pre-requisite: FRSTK 110 and FRSTK 112 both with a "C" or better