Program Overview

Fire Science

Firefighter Basic Operations


Business and Social Sciences Division, Room T302, (847) 543-2047

www.clcillinois.edu/programs/fst
Degree: Associate in Applied Science
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The Firefighter Basic Operations Associate in Applied Science degree is designed to serve the needs of students interested in obtaining the certifications/licenses required for an entry level position in the fire services. Students pursuing the A.A.S. degree are required to complete 25 credit hours of general education, 22 credit hours of Fire Science Technology core courses, and 15 hours of Fire Science Technology electives. There are two tracks to this degree. Students may choose the management (Fire Officer I) track or the non- management track.Students will be required to provide approved personal protective safety equipment which may be purchased or leased. This equipment consists of firefighter turnouts (coat and pants), firefighting footwear, suspenders, gloves, hood, safety glasses, fire helmet, and self-contained breathing apparatus. All equipment must comply with current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. All students must have a valid NFPA 1001 medical physical and a current background investigation, and must consult with a Fire Science Technology adviser to plan and schedule their program.

Firefighter Basic Operations Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to this program the student must apply to the Department Chair. Approval will be approved based on conditions that include completion of the Firefighter Basic Operations application, proof of a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), successful completion of a background investigation that includes, but is not limited to the following: a criminal background investigation and fingerprinting; medical physical; provision of NFPA compliant personal protective equipment consisting of turnout coat, turnout pants, suspenders, footwear, hood, helmet, and gloves, provision of self- contained breathing apparatus face piece that mates to College of Lake County (CLC) provided SCBA; and acknowledgment that the student will become a member of the fire department assigned by the College and the acknowledgment that they are required to provide scheduled staffing for the assigned fire department.

HEALTH PHYSICAL

Medical physical will meet NFPA Standard 1582, Chapter 6 (Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments/Medical Evaluation of Candidates), including qualitative and quantitative respirator use evaluation. To complete an A.A.S., students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Success Advisor to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements


To complete an A.A.S., students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Success Advisor to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements.

Recommended Plan of Study

First Semester

15 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course ^

College Success Seminar

[2]

course

Technical Composition I

3

course

Introduction to Psychology

3

course

Applied Mathematics I

3

course

Introduction to Office Software

3

course

Introduction to Fire Service

3

Second Semester

17 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Emergency Medical Tech-Basic

7

course

Fire Instructor I*

3

course

Fire Instructor II*

3

course

Practical Aspects of Physics

4

Third Semester

13 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Fundamentals of Speech

3

course

Introduction to Emergency Management*

3

course

Basic Operations Firefighter A

4

course

State and Local Politics

3

Fourth Semester

17 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Basic Operations Firefighter B

4

course

Basic Operations Firefighter C

4

course

Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy I*

3

course

Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy II*

3

course

Critical Thinking

3

Total Hours for A.A.S. Degree

62

*ELECTIVE COURSE SELECTION:
Students must choose 15 elective hours based on their preferred concentration. Management students must take the 15 credit hours listed in the management block of elective courses. Non-management students will choose from the non-management block of elective courses, which includes some management courses.

BASIC FIREFIGHTER OPERATIONS - ELECTIVES FOR MANAGEMENT

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy I

3

course

Fire Instructor I

3

course

Fire Prevention Principles I

3

course

Terrorism and Homeland Security

3

course

Fire Officer Communications

3

course

Fire Officer Supervision

3

course

Special Topics Fire Service

3

BASIC FIREFIGHTER OPERATIONS - ELECTIVES FOR NON-MANAGEMENT

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Incident Command

3

course

Fire Protection Systems

3

course

Principles of Fire and Emergency Services, Safety and Survival

3

course

Fire Behavior and Combustion

3

course

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

course

Hazardous Materials Operations

3

course

Terrorism and Homeland Security

3

course

Fire Investigation I

3

course

Fire Investigation II

3

course

Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services

3

course

Fire Officer Communications

3

course

Fire Officer Supervision

3

course

Fire Science Business and Operations

3

course

Fire Science Business a Operations

3

course

Special Topics Fire Service

3

* Indicates the course is the recommended Fire Science elective . A minimum of 15 credit hours of Concentration/Electives are required to fulfill this requirement.

^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better. 

For more information on recommended courses or program specific advising, contact Jeff Howell at (847) 543-2928 or the Business and Social Sciences Division at (847) 543-2047.