Fire Science & Safety Programs

Program Choices – Effective 2019 Summer


Program Course Details - Effective 2019 Summer

FSS 101 Principles of Emergency Services (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: None

This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Not Available
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 102 Fire Prevention (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: None

This course provides fundamental knowledge relative to the field of fire prevention. Topics include history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use and application of codes and standards, plans review, fire inspections, fire and safety education, and fire investigation. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Not Available
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 103 Bldg. Const. for Fire Prevention (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better FSS 101 or consent of instructor

This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 ERI)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 105 Principles of Emerg. Serv. Admin. I (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 101 or consent of instructor

This course introduces students to the organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of governmental agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency service ethics and leadership from the perspective of the company officer. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 ERI)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 106 Principles of Emerg. Serv. Admin. II (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 105 or consent of instructor

One of two management courses required of eligible candidates pursuing Illinois certification as a Fire Officer I. Acquaints the student with the principles of communication and group dynamics as they relate to the company officer. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 ERI)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 110 Basic Operation Firefighter Module A (4) (3.5, 1)

Prerequisite: Admission into the Basic Operations Firefighter program or consent of program director

This course provides partial training toward Basic Operations Firefighter Certification by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Topics discussed include orientation/organization, fire behavior, building construction, safety, communication, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), extinguisher training, and ropes and knots. Additionally, this course provides an overview of the Courage to be Safe course and the National Incident Management System 100 and 700 courses.

The Courage to be Safe course provides the student with an introduction to all sixteen Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and assists the user in taking the first steps toward addressing these initiatives in their job and department. This course advocates for cultural change as an important way to reduce fire service Line of Duty Deaths and injuries. The National Incident Management System courses provide a basic understanding of the National Incident Management System and introduces the student to the Incident Command System.

This Course is approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) and completion of this course qualifies students for the State Fire Marshal Certification Test Module A. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 IER)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 111 Basic Operation Firefighter Module B (4) (3.5, 1)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 110 or consent of program director

This course is the continuation of FSS 110. This course provides partial training toward Basic Operations Firefighter Certification by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Topics discussed include ladders, hose and appliances, nozzles and fire streams, water supply, forcible entry, and ventilation. Additionally, this courses provides the student with an overview of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation practices.

This Course is approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) and completion qualifies students for the State Fire Marshal Certification Test Module B. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 RIE)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 112 Basic Operation Firefighter Module C (4) (3.5, 1)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 110 and FSS 111 or consent of program director

This course is a continuation of FSS 110 and FSS 111. This course provides partial training toward Basic Operations Firefighter Certification by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Topics discussed include search and rescue, fire control, loss control, protecting evidence, fire detection and alarm systems, prevention and public education, wild land and ground cover firefighting, firefighter survival, and basic first aid practices. This Course is approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) and completion of this course qualifies students for the State Fire Marshal Certification Test Module C. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 RIE)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 113 Vehicle Operator/Rescue Awareness (1) (1, 0)

Prerequisite: Consent of program director

Technical Rescue Awareness is designed to give first due companies a basic awareness of requirements and hazards at technical rescue incidents. Training will meet standards of NFPA 1670. Professional qualifications require completion of the approved Technical Rescue Awareness course. Technical Rescue Awareness is designed as the introductory step in the acquisition of knowledge and skills required for first due company operations.

Fire Service Vehicle Operator is designed to give fire service personnel the basic knowledge and skills to safely perform fire service vehicle operations as defined by NFPA 1451.

Students must be employed by a fire department with appropriate sponsorship, insurance coverage, and an Illinois State Driver’s License, Engaged in firefighting in an organized Illinois fire department as a fire protection person according to the Act, as attested to by the employing Fire Chief of the individual seeking certification.

This Course is approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) and completion qualifies students for the State Fire Marshal Certification Tests for Fire Service Vehicle Operator and Technical Rescue Awareness. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 RIE)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 201 Fire Fighting Strategy & Tactics (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 101 or consent of instructor

This course provides the principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 RIE)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 202 Hazardous Materials Chemistry (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: None

This course provides basic chemistry relative to the categories of hazardous materials including recognition, identification, reactivity, and health hazards encountered by emergency services. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 ERI)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 203 Protect. Hydraulics & Water Supply (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 103 or consent of instructor

This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge to understand the principles of using water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and solve water supply problems. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 ERI)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 204 Fire Protection Systems (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 101 or consent of instructor

This course provides information relative to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection, and portable fire extinguishers. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 ERI)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 214 Fire Service Instructor-Basic Level (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 204 or consent of instructor

This course is designed to meet the guidelines of the Illinois Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education Commission to qualify fire service personnel to conduct training and education classes for others in the field. It is designed to teach the fire officer how to be more proficient in his or her work and how to use the resources that are available to him/her. Also how to utilize outlines, prepare classes, and utilize tests, as well as participate in practice teaching where he/she can be evaluated. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 RIE)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 215 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (8) (7, 3)

Prerequisite: None
Recommended: Valid CPR card

Basic purpose of this course is to develop student skill in patient assessment and emergency treatment procedures. The medical emergencies covered in the course include cardiac, resuscitation, and treatment of existing medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, and emergency childbirth. Specific attention is directed toward definitive treatment and transportation of traumatic injuries. The course also consists of extensive practical application of all treatment modalities. Students must attain a valid CPR card prior to finishing this class if planning to take the Illinois EMT Test. Only two CPR cards will be accepted: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card or an American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR card (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 RIE)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

Note: The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Hospitals require drug tests and criminal background checks on students participating in direct patient care as part of their educational program. All students taking FSS 215 are required to pass a drug test and a criminal background check.

FSS 220 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 101 or consent of instructor

This course addresses the federal, state, and local laws that regulate emergency services and reviews national standards, regulations, and consensus standards. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Not Available
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 224 Fire Service Instructor - Level II (3) (2, 1)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 214

This course includes instruction in curriculum planning and advanced teaching principles. The course includes all objectives identified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal for certification at the Fire Service Instructor II Level. Student must be engaged in firefighting and a member of an organized Illinois fire department or Fire Brigade.

This Course is approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) and completion qualifies students for the State Fire Marshal Certification Test for Fire Service Instructor II. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 RIE)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 276 Fire Behavior & Combustion (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: None

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Not Available
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 278 Emergency Services Safety & Health (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the basic concepts of health and safety relative to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk and hazard evaluation and control procedures for emergency service organizations. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 ERI)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 281 Fire Safety & Survival Principles (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Not Available
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 283 Fire Investigation I (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: (1) Grade of C or better in FSS 101, FSS 103, and FSS 276; or (2) consent of instructor

This course is intended to provide students with the fundamentals for proper fire scene interpretations including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the fire setter, and types of fire causes. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Available (2 ERI)
Pass/No Credit Not Available

FSS 284 Fire Investigation II (3) (3, 0)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in FSS 283

This course is intended to provide students with advanced technical knowledge on the rule of law, fire scene analysis, fire behavior, evidence collection and preservation, scene documentation, case preparation, and courtroom testimony. (1.2)

Proficiency Credit Not Available
Pass/No Credit Not Available