This is a hybrid course that provides partial training toward Basic Operations Firefighter Certification by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Topics discussed include orientation/organization, fire behavior, building construction, safety, communication, self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) extinguisher training, ropes and knots, hazardous material operations level, and the national incident management system (NIMS) 100 and 700 Course.

Completion qualifies students for the State Fire Marshal Certification Test Module A. 


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For questions regarding this course, contact the instructor or COD Online support.

Credit Hours

6 credit hours (3 lecture hours, 6 lab hours)


As Per the current Office of the State Fire Marshal Illinois Administrative code 141.300-a. Student must be engaged in firefighting and a member of an organized Illinois fire department or Fire Brigade. Student must provide National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant protection clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) in accordance with NFPA safety standards. Students must be clean-shaven. 

Technical Requirements

Students must have regular access to the Internet and a computer. Courses are administered through Blackboard, so students will also need a compatible OS and browser. A list of recommended software can be found here.