FIRE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY COURSES (FRSTK)

FRSTK 105 - FIRE SERVICE EXPLORATION

Prerequisite: Department approval. This course is designed to give the trainee field experience in fire protection work by actually participating as a "cadet" while engaged in on-the-job training with experienced fire protection and prevention personnel.

1 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 5

FRSTK 110 - INTRODUCTION TO FIRE SCIENCE

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. This course also includes students' use of personal protective equipment and opportunities to perform duties of firefighting personnel.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 111 - FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES INSTRUCTOR I

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 with a "C" or better or concurrent enrollment, or department approval. 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.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 112 - FIRE PREVENTION PRINCIPLES

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 with a "C" or better or concurrent enrollment, or department approval. 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.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 113 - FIRE COMPANY APPARATUS AND PROCEDURES

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval. 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. This class also covers training in on site procedures such as use of ladders, advanced search techniques, salvage, overhaul, and master stream use.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 114 - FIRE SERVICE TACTICS AND STRATEGY I

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval. 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.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 116 - RECRUIT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING MODULE A

Prerequisite: Department approval. 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.

5 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 5 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 117 - RECRUIT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING MODULE B

Prerequisite: Department approval. 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.

5 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 5 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 118 - RECRUIT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING MODULE C

Prerequisite: Department approval. 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.

5 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 5 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 225 - BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better. 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.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 229 - HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS AND OPERATIONS

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 and FRSTK 114 both with a "C" or better. 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.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 230 - FIRE SERVICE HYDRAULICS AND APPARATUS OPERATIONS

Prerequisite: Department approval. 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.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 250 - FIRE SERVICE COMPANY LEVEL MANAGEMENT

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better. This course is an exploration of organizational principles with emphasis on the fire service organization structure. It will include study of the history, types, methods and principles of fire department administration, both formal and informal line and staff. Emphasis is placed on supervisory responsibilities and functions at the fire company level.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

FRSTK 255 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Prerequisite: Department approval. 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.

1 to 5 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 3 to 15

FRSTK 260 - LEGAL ISSUES IN THE FIRE SERVICE

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 and FRSTK 112 both with a "C" or better. 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.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0