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Fire Services Officer AAS

Last updated 5/28/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 5022

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

Donald Gano, 309-796-5281, ganod@bhc.edu


The Fire Service Officer curriculum is primarily designed for employed fire fighters and volunteer fire fighters who are seeking to upgrade job skills. The program will provide necessary skills, knowledge and competencies utilized in the management and operations of facilities, services, and personnel in the fire science field. Students will receive instruction which will allow them the opportunity to specialize, to increase job competency, to become promotable and to prepare for certification through the office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall. Students completing the recommended courses are well prepared to compete for positions in the fire science field.

Fire Services Officer AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 5022
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
FSO 112 — Command Officer Management I (3)
FSO 118 — Fire Service Instructor I (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Elective (4)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II  or  (3)
ENG 132 — Technical Writing I
FSO 114 — Fire Prevention Principles (3)
FSO 115 — Tactics and Strategy I (3)
FSO 212 — Command Officer Management II (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Elective (1)

Third Semester
FSO 215 — Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy II (3)
FSO 224 — Command Officer Management III (3)
PSYC 101 — Introductory Psychology (3)
Speech Elective (3)
Science Elective (4)

Fourth Semester
FSO 218 — Fire Service Instructor II (3)
FSO 225 — Command Officer Management IV (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
Mathematics Elective (3)
Science Elective (4)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

BOT degree candidates should see advisor.

Courses for this program include: »

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

ENG 132 Technical Writing I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: COMM 100 and appropriate COMPASS score or COMM 100 and COMM 105 or ENG 101 “C” or better or BE 180 or instructor consent.
ENG 132 includes correspondence, memo reports, formal reports, abstracts, fact sheets, instructions and proposals. Includes use of a word processor.

FSO 112 Command Officer Management I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Acquaints student with the role of Company Officer and provides an introduction to basic management theories, practices, and functions.

FSO 114 Fire Prevention Principles
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Course is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are expanding their knowledge about fire department operations, specifically fire prevention.

FSO 115 Tactics and Strategies I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to basic principles and methods associated with fire ground tactics and strategy as required of the Fire Service Company Officer.

FSO 118 Fire Service Instructor I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Course provides basic information about human relations in the teaching-learning environment, methods of teaching, and proper method of writing lesson plans.

FSO 212 Command Officer Management II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: FSO 112 or instructor consent.
Presents the principles of communication and group dynamics as they relate to the Company Officer.

FSO 215 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategies II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: FSO 115 or instructor consent.
Advanced principles and methods associated with fire ground strategies and tactics required of the Multi-Company Officer or Fire Service Chief Officer.

FSO 218 Fire Service Instructor II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: FSO 118 or instructor consent.
Continuation of Instructor I; human relations, methods of teaching, and method of writing lesson plans.

FSO 224 Command Officer Management III
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: FSO 112 and FSO 212 or instructor consent.
Provides management principles and techniques used by mid-level Managers and Chief Officers in the fire service.

FSO 225 Command Officer Management IV
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: FSO 224 or instructor consent.
Study of management principles of public relations, lab relations, administrative liability, and personnel management used in the fire service.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SOC 101  Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.

Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900