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FR 110: ELEMENTARY FRENCH I

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: Appropriate score on placement test or "C" or better in ENGL 095 or "C" or better in ENGL 099 or department approval

This course is designed to develop through the audio-lingual approach the four basic skills in French: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

FR 111: ELEMENTARY FRENCH II

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: FR 110 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent

This course is a continuation of FR 110 with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course is conducted primarily in French.

FR 210: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: FR 111 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent

This course emphasizes conversation, selected readings, and composition. The course is conducted primarily in French.

FR 211: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval and FR 210 or equivalent.

This course is a continuation of FR 210 with emphasis on advanced conversation, reading, and composition. This course is conducted in French. [IAI: H1 900]

FRSTK 072: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS

0.5 hr. (VSC)

Prerequisite:

This course is designed to provide the basic safeguards in recognizing hazardous materials incidents. The course teaches the skills necessary for the detection of hazardous materials, consulting references for additional information, and implementation of the proper notification process.

FRSTK 110: INTRODUCTION TO FIRE SCIENCE

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the fire service, careers available, history, evaluation and survey of fire protection.

FRSTK 111: BASIC INSTRUCTOR TRAINING FOR THE FIRE SERVICE

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is a basic introduction to the principles of vocational level skill training for people who will be conducting on-the-job fire training in local fire departments. This course will not teach firemanship, but will equip firemanship trainers with basics of adult vocational skills teaching.

FRSTK 112: FIRE PREVENTION AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF FIRE PROTECTION

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 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 and familiarization with a model fire prevention code, the legal, social, economic and political aspects of providing public fire protection will be stressed.

FRSTK 113: FIRE COMPANY APPARATUS AND PROCEDURES

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 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.

FRSTK 114: FIREFIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 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.

FRSTK 115: CERTIFIED APPARATUS ENGINEER

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course covers fire department apparatus including: Illinois state laws as they pertain to fire apparatus, operations apparatus, calculating pump pressures, understanding pump operations, and safe driving procedures.

FRSTK 116: RECRUIT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING MODULE A

5 hrs. (OC)

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.

FRSTK 117: RECRUIT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING MODULE B

5 hrs. (OC)

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.

FRSTK 118: RECRUIT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING MODULE C

5 hrs. (OC)

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.

FRSTK 132: INDUSTRIAL FIRE PROTECTION

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course involves the study of the principles of industrial loss prevention, including risk management, fire hazards and causes, structural fire and explosion protection, fixed detection and suppression systems.

FRSTK 183: CERTIFIED RESCUE SPECIALIST, ROADWAY EXTRICATION

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Employment (paid or voluntary) as Vehicle Emergency Rescue Squad, Firefighter, Police Officer, Ambulance Driver, E.M.T. or department approval.

This course is designed to develop skills in the use and care of extrication equipment needed to perform in rescue, extrication and hazardous control functions. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be qualified for State of Illinois certification examination as a Certified Rescue Specialist-Roadway Extrication. Three lecture hours a week for fifteen weeks and two laboratory sessions at seven and one-half hours each.

FRSTK 190: LEGAL ISSUES IN THE FIRE SERVICE

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course covers legal issues in the fire service including emergency vehicle operation, tort liability, employment law, and labor law with an emphasis on the law of the State of Illinois.

FRSTK 201: INTERNSHIP, FIRE SERVICE

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 and 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. The student will do individual research and study in their field of interest as approved and directed by the instructor.

FRSTK 211: FIRE SERVICE INSTRUCTOR, STANDARD LEVEL

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 111 and qualified as Basic Certified Instructor

This course is the second level of instructor training which is designed to more thoroughly acquaint the trainee with the methods and techniques of training and further develop lesson presentation skills. Additionally, the trainee will learn how to design, develop and administer training programs. The course development process and the planning, researching, writing and evaluation of training curricula and programs will be addressed. Forty-eight hours of lecture, discussion and practice teaching.

FRSTK 212: FIRE PREVENTION PRINCIPLES II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 112

This course is designed to meet the needs of individuals who desire to become familiar with advanced fire protection, inspections and investigation practices and procedures. The course is structured to meet the requirement established by the Illinois State Fire Marshal for certification as a Fire Officer II.

FRSTK 214: TACTICS AND STRATEGY II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 114

This course is an advanced study in firefighting strategy and leadership, designed mainly for fire officers and potential fire officers. This course will partially fulfill state requirements for Fire Officer II.

FRSTK 222: SELECTED TOPICS

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110

The content of this course varies from offering to offering to meet the changing needs of students and to allow exploration of topics more fully than can be addressed in survey courses. Each offering will present a unique investigation of a topic in fire science. This course is repeatable if the topic and content are different up to a maximum of four semester hours of credit. The duration of the course will depend upon the topic to be covered.

FRSTK 225: BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110

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.

FRSTK 227: CHEMISTRY OF FLAMMABLE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 and approved laboratory science

This course develops the properties of chemically active materials such as flammable liquids, oxidizing and corrosive materials, and radioactive compounds. Emphasis is placed not only upon identification, labeling, storage, handling and disposal, but will also consider identification and application of the appropriate extinguishing agents.

FRSTK 228: CHEMISTRY OF EXPLOSIVE AND TOXIC MATERIALS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 and approved laboratory science

This course is an in-depth study of the properties of flammable, explosive and toxic materials, and combustible solids. The inter-reaction of various chemical compounds will also be considered. Secondary emphasis on effects of various extinguishing agents and accompanying emergency procedures.

FRSTK 229: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Illinois Certified Firefighter II

This course covers hazardous materials awareness and first responder requirements specified in the State of Illinois Fire Marshal guidelines to meet OSHA standards.

FRSTK 230: FIRE SERVICE HYDRAULICS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 and approved laboratory science

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the application of the laws of mathematics and physics to properties of fluid states, force, pressure and flow velocities. Emphasis is placed on applying principles of hydraulics to firefighting problems.

FRSTK 231: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 229

This course is designed for those firefighting personnel who are or will be operating as part of an organized hazardous materials response team. Emphasis is placed on the skills necessary to operate in a safe manner while utilizing special protective clothing.

FRSTK 232: FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 or department approval

This course is a study of basic principles involved in design and operation of existing suppression and detection systems found in most occupancies.

FRSTK 250: FIRE SERVICE MANAGEMENT I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 or department approval

This course is an exploration of organizational principles with emphasis on fire department organization; a study of the history, types, methods and principles of fire department organization, both formal and informal line and staff. Emphasis is placed on supervisory responsibilities and functions.

FRSTK 252: FIRE SERVICE MANAGEMENT II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 110 or department approval

This course is intended as a management program for present and potential members of the fire service. It is designed to fulfill state requirements for Fire Officer I and expand the present program curriculum in the area of management.

FRSTK 253: FIRE SERVICE MANAGEMENT III

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 250 and 252

This course is designed to prepare the student for the position of a senior officer on a fire department. A study is made of the roles and functions of the senior officer positions. This is the first of two management classes for Fire Officer II certification.

FRSTK 254: FIRE MANAGEMENT IV

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: FRSTK 253

This course is designed to fit the needs of a senior fire officer in learning to use the group process for planning, decision-making and team development. It is a class designed to meet the requirements established by the Illinois State Fire Marshal for certification as a Fire Officer II.

FRSTK 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

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.