Fire Service Officer (AAS)

Program Description

Black Hawk College is no longer accepting new students in the Fire Service Officer AAS, pending ICCB approval of program revisions.

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.

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Describe the history and culture of the Fire Service as it pertains to all divisions and disciplines
  • Identify the primary responsibilities of personnel in the varied roles in the fire service.
  • Discuss and explain fire behavior as it pertains to fire ignition, growth and travel.
  • Critique operations of a fire, discuss decision-making and consider fallout of poor decisions in fire science.
  • Review “after action reports” to determine areas needing correction/development on the fire ground.
  • Develop management, fire operations and manpower objectives as they apply to different fire scenarios and events.
  • Demonstrate understanding of EMS training, patient didactics and practical skills.
  • Identify the needs for effective training programs for the fire service at the local and state level as well at the higher education level.
  • Relate the knowledge needed to advance to higher levels in the fire service to achieve officer status not excluding the chief officer ranks.

Suggested Courses

Course (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 Introduction to 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)


BOT degree candidates should see advisor.

Minimum total hours required for degree: 64