FIRE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY


FSC 121 Emergency Vehicle Operator 1 cr. hr.
This course is designed to give fire service personnel the basic knowledge and
skills to perform fire service vehicle operations safely as defined by NFPA 1451,
Fire Service Vehicle Operations Program. Course is Illinois OSFM certified and
is for entry-level or beginning fire fighter development.


FSC 122 Fire Apparatus Engineer 3 cr. hrs.
Study of basic design, operating characteristics, testing, and maintenance of
motorized fire apparatus. Includes purchasing contracts and specification writing.
(Designed to meet certification requirement for Fire Apparatus Engineer.)
2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours


FSC 123 Pumpers and Tankers 1 cr. hr.
This course is designed to teach the student the basics of water supply, through
hydrants, drafting and water shuttles. It is important for fire companies to be able
to obtain water from sources other than hydrants at the fireground, and operate a
tanker shuttle to provide adequate water supply for firefighting operations. This
skill is not limited to rural applications, and may be necessary to supplement
hydranted areas where there is inadequate water supply.
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FSC 132 Basic Firefighter - Module A 3 cr. hrs.
This course begins to cover the development of the knowledge needed by the
firefighter on the fireground 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 tools, equipment,
and strategies that are essential to the profession.


FSC 134 Basic Firefighter - Module B 3 cr. hrs.
This course continues to cover the development of the knowledge needed by the
firefighter on the fireground 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 136 Basic Firefighter - Module C 3 cr. hrs.
This course continues to cover the development of the knowledge needed by the
firefighter on the fireground with the third 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 tools, equipment,
and strategies that are essential to the profession.


FSC 141 Skills in SCBA’s 1 cr. hr.
This course is designed for the beginning student firefighter to become familiar
with the self contained breathing apparatus, which they will be using during
firefighting operations. The course will educate the firefighter with the
background, anatomy, operations and maintenance requirements of this tool.
Being proficient with this tool could be the difference between life and death of
the firefighter.


FSC 150 Building Construction for the Fire Service 3 cr. hrs.
Analysis of various methods of building construction, various types of construc-
tion 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 160 Vehicle and Machinery Operations 3 cr. hrs.
Development of skills in the use and care of equipment needed to perform rescue,
extrication, and hazardous control functions. Upon successful completion of this
course, the student will be qualified for state certification as ERT. 2 lecture hours,
2 lab hours


FSC 162 Technical Rescue Awareness 1 cr. hr.
Developed by fire fighters 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 165 Confined Space Rescue Specialist 3 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM Prerequisite: FSC 132, FSC 134, FSC 136 and FSC 162
Throughout this class the firefighter will learn to perform rescues in confined
spaces which consists of vertical and horizontal vessels and tanks in facilities
with vertical and horizontal manways and a variety of obstacles commonly found
in an industrial environment. This course meets certification requirements based
on NFPA 1670, 1999 edition, NFPA 1006, 2000 edition.


FSC 166 Vehicle and Machinery Technician 3 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM Prerequisite: FSC 160 and FSC 162
This course is designed to give fire service personnel the basic knowledge and
skills to safely perform vehicle and machinery rescues as defined by NFPA 1670
(2004), Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents. The course
teaches the skills set forth by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal. 2 lecture
hours, 2 lab hours


FSC 167 Rope Operations 3 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM Prerequisite: FSC 162
This rope operations course has been developed by firefighters within the State
of Illinois in conjunction with the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The members
of the steering committee followed the guidelines of the OSFM and NFPA 1670,
NFPA 1006 and NFPA 1983. This course is meant to provide the student a means
in which to identify and properly react to uncommon, dangerous and difficult
rescue situations in the area of rope operations.


FSC 170 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter 3 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM Prerequisite: Completion of the Illinois Certification Fire Fighter II, Basic
Firefighter or equivalent, or FSC 132, FSC 134 and FSC 136
This course concentrates on the information and skills required by the fire fighter
in conducting duties related to aircraft fires and aircraft rescue.


FSC 173 Hazardous Materials Awareness 1 cr. hr.
This course educates emergency responders about the basic safeguard in
responding to hazardous materials emergencies. Teaches skills necessary for
detection of hazardous materials, consulting references for additional information,
and implementation of the proper notification process. Meets the requirements
of 29CFR1910120HAZWOPER, and NFPA 472.


FSC 174 Hazardous Materials Operations 3 cr. hrs.
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 175 Hazardous Materials Technician 3 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM Prerequisite: FSC 173, FSC 174
The purpose of this course is to study the chemical characteristics and reactions
related to storage, transportation, and handling of hazardous materials (i.e.,
flammable liquids, combustible solids, oxidizing and corrosive materials, and
radioactive compounds). Emphasis on emergency situations, fire fighting and
control, including information on the relevant NFPA standards impacting the
program (such as NFPA 471, 472 & 473) and the OSHA regulation governing
our response to hazardous materials incidents (29 CFR 1910.120).

FSC 180 Fire Service and the Law 3 cr. hrs.
An introduction to laws influencing the fire service. General areas include civil
action; criminal actions; the judicial system; organization, authority and respon-
sibility of fire service organizations; 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 184 Fire Department Safety Officer 3 cr. hrs.
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*** variable 1-4 cr. hrs.
Prerequisite: Consent of department
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. Topic to be listed
on student’s permanent academic record.


FSC 270 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy I 3 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM Prerequisite: Completion of the Illinois Certificate Fire Fighter II program
or equivalent, or FSC 132, FSC 134, and FSC 136
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 that program.


FSC 280 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy II 3 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM Prerequisite: FSC 270
This course reviews the fundamentals and advanced techniques in fire suppression
tactics and strategy. The content for this course is consistent with NFPA standards
for fire officer training and has been validated by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s
office for the tactics requirement for Fire Officer II certification in that
state. Topics include relevant standards for fire tactics, scene safety, multi-
company operations, scene management, response to mixed occupancies and
disaster response. Students should have a firm understanding of basic fire
ground operations, fire terminology and fire behavior prior to enrolling in this
course.


FSC 290 Basic Fire Service Instructor 3 cr. hrs.
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 cr. hrs.

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 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM 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 communica-
tions, group dynamics and safety practices relating to the fire service.


FSC 294 Fire Prevention Principles 3 cr. hrs.
This course concentrates on the information and skills required of a fire service
officer in conducting 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 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM 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 state certification as an Instructor
II.


FSC 296 Fire Service Management III 3 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM Prerequisite: FSC 292 & 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. For Illinois students, 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.


FSC 297 Fire Service Management IV 3 cr. hrs.
IL. OSFM Prerequisite: FSC 292, 293 & 296
Focus of this course allows students to consider and apply management principles
in the context of the functions of senior staff within a fire department. Topics
include personnel management, labor relations, health and safety and information
management. 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 course will meet the Management IV course requirements for that
certification.