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The following course information is effective for the Spring 2018 term.

FST 111 Introduction to Fire Service

This course introduces students to the history and philosophy of the fire service. An overview of all aspects of fire science technology: fire fighting, emergency medical, underwater rescue, hazardous materials, public education, fire investigations, and fire prevention will be provided. This course provides an orientation for people who are considering involvement in the fire service. Field trips are scheduled for the course.
NOTE: Individuals with greater than one year firefighter experience are not eligible for credit.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness OR concurrent enrollment in ENG 109 or ELI 109 or ENG 100 -AND- Basic Algebra Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 111 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 116 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy I

An introduction to the basic principles and methods associated with the strategic and tactical responsibilities of the line officer on the fireground. Emphasizes size-up, fire operations, pre-fire planning, and basic engine and truck company operations. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.
NOTE: FST 111 and/or one year active experience in the fire service is recommended.

Prerequisite: FST 111

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 116 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 117 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy II

Continuation of FST 116, with advanced principles and methods associated with fireground strategies and tactics, required of the company officer and chief officer. The course emphasizes multi-company alarm assignments, sectorization of the fireground, handling disasters and major fire incidents. Student participation of assigned fire simulation exercises will be required. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.

Prerequisite: FST 116

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 117 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 118 Incident Command

This course introduces students to the basic principles that firefighters, company officers and chief officer use when organizing and managing an emergency scene. This course will stress sectorization, scene safety, and scene management. Emergency fire, hazardous materials, underwater and medical scene management will be reviewed.

Prerequisite: FST 111 (C or better)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 118 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 130 Basic Operations Firefighter A

This course focuses on the organization and structure of a fire agency, fire behavior, building construction, safety issues in the fire service, communication procedures and practices, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers and fire extinguishing agents, and ropes and knots. The course will include weekly lectures and lab sessions that focus on developing and enhancing practical skills. Students enrolled in this course will become active members of an assigned fire department. NOTE: This is the first of three courses that prepares students to sit for the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Basic Operations Firefighters certification examination.

Prerequisite: FST 111 (C or better) Corequisite: EMT 111 and ENG 121 (both C or better) Recommended: MTH 114 (C or better)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: No

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    4.00

FST 131 Basic Operations Firefighter B

This course focuses on fire service ladders, hose and related appliances, nozzles and streams, water supply, forcible entry and ventilation. The course will include weekly lectures and lab sessions that focus on developing and enhancing practical skills. Students enrolled in this course will be active members of an assigned fire department. NOTE: This is the second of three courses that prepares students to sit for the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Basic Operations Firefighters certification examination.

Prerequisite: FST 130 (C or better) Corequisite: PHY 120, Humanities OR Fine Arts elective, and CIT 119 OR CIT 120 (all C or better)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 131 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    4.00

FST 132 Basic Operations Firefighter C

This course focuses on search and rescue, fire control, loss control, protecting evidence, fire detection, alarm, and suppression systems, prevention techniques, public education, wild land and ground cover firefighting, and firefighter safety and survival. The course will include weekly lectures and lab sessions that focus on developing and enhancing practical skills. Students enrolled in this course will be active members of an assigned fire department. NOTE: This is the third of three courses that prepares students to sit for the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Basic Operations Firefighters certification examination.

Prerequisite: FST 131 (C or better) Corequisite: CMM 121 and PSY 121 (both C or better)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 132 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    4.00

FST 173 Fire Instructor I

This course is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who wish to learn the techniques of instructing in the fire service. It is structured to provide basic information about human relations in the classroom environment, methods of teaching, and the proper method of writing lesson plans. Areas covered include: Orientation and description of the instructor's job, roles and responsibilities of the fire service instructor, concepts of learning, human factors in learning, oral communications, methods of instruction, lesson plans, instructional materials, organizing the learning environment, testing and evaluation, records and reports, and practical application. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.
NOTE: FST 111 and/or one year active service experience in the fire service is recommended.

Prerequisite: FST 111

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 173 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 174 Fire Instructor II

This course is a continuation of FST 173. Teaches advanced principles and techniques of instruction. This course is structured to provide information about human relationships in the teaching-learning environment, methods of lesson and course development. Materials covered will include performance objectives, instructional materials development, evaluation and references. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.

Prerequisite: FST 173

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 174 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 177 Fire Prevention Principles I

The introductory course for the individual who will be involved in code enforcement. It will include: current laws, codes, ordinances, building construction, occupancies, hazards and causes, inspection techniques and investigations. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.

Prerequisite: FST 111

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 177 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 192 Hazardous Materials First Responder

This course is designed for firefighters and other persons who might encounter Hazardous Materials in the course of their occupations. This course will stress identification, site entry, isolation, evacuation, use of Materials Safety Data sheets, and how to obtain assistance at the hazardous materials scene. Practical applications and hands on experiences are required in this course. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.

Prerequisite: FST 111

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 192 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 217 Fire Officer Communications

Techniques of company officer communications and group dynamics. Acquaints the student with the principles of communications and the role of the company officer in both formal and informal communication processes. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.
NOTE: Student orientation and pre-scheduled classroom meetings required.

Prerequisite: FST 111

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 217 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 218 Fire Officer Supervision

Introduction to objectives and techniques of fire company management. Acquaints the student with the role and function of the company officer. Discussion of management theories and practices; includes planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.

Prerequisite: FST 111

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 218 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 273 Fire Science Business and Operations

The advanced study of management principles and techniques used by mid-level officers. These studies will include: management of resources; personnel, money, facilities, and time; principles of delegation, problem solving and motivation. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.

Prerequisite: FST 111

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 273 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 274 Fire Administration and the Law

Management principles and techniques used by future or current chief officers in the fire service. Acquaints the student to principles of public relations, labor relations, personnel management, and administrative liability, including: criminal and civil liability, disciplinary hearings, avoiding lawsuits, administrative investigations, and State and Federal Regulations. Persons currently recognized by the Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) as a firefighter are eligible to challenge the OSFM end-of-course exam.

Prerequisite: FST 111

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 274 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00

FST 279 Special Topics in the Fire Service

This course will take a subject of topical interest such as rescue practices, water supply analysis or reporting systems and cover that subject in depth. Because topics will vary widely from year to year a student may seek approval to repeat this course once for credit.

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open FST 279 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    FST
  • Units:
    3.00


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