Fire Science Courses

FSC 122 Fire Apparatus Engineer 3 credit hours
  Study of basic design, operating characteristics, testing, and maintenance of motorized fire apparatus. Includes purchasing contracts and specification writing. 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours
 
FSC 132 Basic Firefighter - Module A 3 credit hours
  This course begins to cover the development of the knowledge needed by the firefighter on the fire ground with the first of three modules. It will augment and expand upon training received from the fire department at drill sessions. It is also designed to give the fundamental training necessary to the new firefighter and the student just entering fire science who has no knowledge of the tools, equipment, and strategies that are essential to the profession. 
 
FSC 134 Basic Firefighter - Module B 3 credit hours
  This course continues to cover the development of the knowledge needed by the firefighter on the fire ground with the second of three modules. It will augment and expand upon training received from the fire department at drill sessions. It is also designed to give the fundamental training necessary to the new firefighter and the student just entering fire science who has no knowledge of the tools, equipment, and strategies that are essential to the profession. 
 
FSC 150 Building Construction for the Fire Service 3 credit hours
  Analysis of various methods of building construction, various types of construction materials and basic principles of construction design. Also covered are the fire resistant features of materials, life safety methods of construction and an introduction to the fire codes and laws.
 
FSC 156 Introduction to Fire Prevention 3 credit hours
  Fundamental principles, theory, techniques and procedures of fire prevention. Includes strategy and organization of prevention programs, fire hazards and causes.
 
FSC 157 Firefighter III, Module A 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: Completion of the Illinois Certification Fire Fighter II program or equivalent, or consent of program coordinator
A course designed to reinforce as well as build upon the knowledge and skills developed at the firefighter II training level. Emphasis will be placed on satisfying the training requirements for Illinois Firefighter III certification. Topics include general orientation, fire behavior, personal safety, rescue, tools and equipment, emergency medical care, and ladders.
 
FSC 158 Firefighter III, Module B 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: Completion of the Illinois Certification Fire Fighter II program or equivalent, or consent of program coordinator
A course designed to reinforce as well as build upon the knowledge and skills developed at the firefighter II training level. Emphasis will be placed on satisfying the training requirements for Illinois Firefighter III certification. Topics include water supply, fire streams, fire hose, nozzles and appliances, forcible entry, ventilation, self-contained breathing apparatus, ropes, and overhaul.
 
FSC 159 Firefighter III, Module C 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: Completion of the Illinois Certification Fire Fighter II program or equivalent, or consent of program coordinator
A course designed to reinforce as well as build upon the knowledge and skills developed at the firefighter II training level. Emphasis will be placed on satisfying the training requirements for Illinois Firefighter III certification. Topics include building construction, hazardous materials, fire cause and origin, fire inspections, communications, sprinkler systems, and portable fire extinguishers.
 
FSC 160 Vehicle and Machinery Operations 3 credit hours
  Development of skills in the use and care of equipment needed to perform rescue, extrication, and hazardous control fabrications. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be qualified for state certification as ERT.
 
FSC 162 Technical Rescue Awareness 1 credit hour
  Developed by firefighters within the state of Illinois in conjunction with the Office of the State Fire Marshal following the guidelines of the OSFM and NFPA 1670. This course provides students a means to identify and properly react to uncommon, dangerous and difficult rescue situations in the following topics: structural collapse, rope rescue, confined space, vehicle and machinery, water, wilderness search and rescue, trench and excavation. Further training is required for actual rescue operations and practices.
 
FSC 170 Aircraft Rescue Firefighter 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: Completion of the Illinois Certification Fire Fighter II, Basic Firefighter or equivalent
This course concentrates on the information and skills required by the firefighter in conducting duties related to aircraft fires and aircraft rescue.
 
FSC 173 Hazardous Materials Awareness 1 credit hour
  This course educates emergency responders about the basic safeguard in responding to hazardous materials, consulting references for additional information, and implementation of the proper notification process. Meets the requirements of 29CFR1910, 120HAZWOPER, and NFPA 472.
 
FSC 174 Hazardous Materials Operation 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: FSC 173
Study of chemical characteristics and reactions related to storage, transportation, handling hazardous materials (i.e. flammable liquids, combustible solids, oxidizing and corrosive materials, and radioactive compounds). Emphasis on emergency situations and fire fighting and control.
 
FSC 180 Fire Service and Law 3 credit hours
  An introduction to laws influencing the fire service. General areas include civil action; criminal actions; the judicial system; organization; authority and responsibility of fire service organization; city liability for acts of the fire department personnel; municipal liability to members of the fire department; fire prevention bureau; laws and rules governing employment of fire fighters; duty owed to the public by members of the fire service; and liabilities of fire fighters.
 
FSC 182 Incident Command for Fire Service 3 credit hours
  This course introduces the fire officer to a comprehensive overview of science management. It will focus on processes and applications to real world situations. Topics include review of the ICS system and applications; fire ground situations and application of tactics within the framework of the ICS system; and review of safety concerns and resource management. Students will be required to complete a comprehensive final exam and a practical exam in which they command a fire scenario. Available via Internet only.
 
FSC 184 Fire Department Safety Officer 3 credit hours
  This course reviews the various components of an inclusive safety program for the modern fire department and review procedures which impact personnel safety. Available via Internet only.
 
FSC 195 Special Topics in Fire Science 0.5-4 credit hours
  Deals with current topics in fire science not covered in other courses. Topics will vary at discretion of the instructor. No topic will be offered more than twice within three years. May be repeated three times with different topics. (Topics listed on student’s permanent academic record.)
 
FSC 270 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy I 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: Completion of the Illinois Certification Fire Fighter II program or equivalent
Explores the company officer’s role on the fire ground. Areas of study include fire behavior, truck company functions, engine company functions, safety, pre-fire planning and hazardous materials response. This program is part of the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Fire Officer I certification program and meets the tactics and strategy requirements of the program.
 
FSC 290 Basic Fire Service Instructor 3 credit hours
  Teaches the fire officer how to be more proficient in his or her work and how to use available resources. Also covers how to develop outlines, prepare classes, evaluate students and prepare tests. The student will participate in practice teaching. This course meets the guidelines of the Illinois State Fire Marshal to qualify personnel to conduct training and education courses for fire service personnel.
 
FSC 292 Fire Service Management I 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: Completion of the Illinois Certification Fire Fighter II program or equivalent
Introduces the fire officer to elementary concepts of leadership and basic management styles. Topics include human resource management, organization, structure, and public relations and budget management. Satisfies the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Management I requirement for certification in the Fire Officer I program.
 
FSC 293 Fire Service Management II 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: FSC 292
This course covers the study of management principles, theories and techniques for leadership in a fire department. Topics include oral and written communications, group dynamics and safety practices relating to the fire service.
 
FSC 294 Fire Prevention Principles 3 credit hours
  This course concentrates on the information and skills required of a fire service officer in conduction duties related to fire prevention. The bulk of the course concentrates on fire inspection techniques and pre-fire planning exercises. Course is approved by the Illinois State Fire Marshal for state certification of Fire Prevention and Principles. Completion also contributes to Fire Officer I certification. Available via Internet only.
 
FSC 295 Advanced Fire Service Instructor 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: FSC 290
Introduces the fire officer to concepts and skills required in the process of course development and presentation. Emphasis is placed on identifying the curriculum, developing learning objectives and creating teaching outlines. Course is part of the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Fire Officer II certification program and meets requirements for Illinois certification as an Instructor II.
 
FSC 296 Fire Service Management III 3 credit hours
  Prerequisite: FSC 293
Course is designed to introduce students to some of the essential skills necessary to function effectively as a senior staff officer in the modern fire service. Course is based on the objectives mandated by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office, subject to its Fire Officer II designation. Completion of this program will meet the Management III course requirements for that certification. Topics covered include reports and documentation, policy and procedure promulgation, discipline, personnel evaluation, hiring practices, public relations and information management. For Illinois students, course satisfies the Management III requirement as set forth by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office in its Fire Officer II certification program.