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Cornerstone Program

Program Description:

In the Spring of 1998, The State Fire Marshal formed a Task Force to examine “how to more freely distribute funds to enhance basic fire service training for all fire department personnel.” Task force membership included 13 different organizations and associations representing firefighters and fire departments across the State. The Task Force agreed to set aside a portion of the annual Reimbursement Fund to underwrite the costs of a basic regional training program. The program is delivered through the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI). It delivers fundamental training in increments convenient to meet the needs of the local department, MABAS division or Mutal Aid Association. Course costs will be reimbursed to IFSI through the Office of the State Fire Marshal from the Reimbursement Fund, so training is provided at no fee to the students.

Courses will be scheduled at IFSI, at regional training centers (RTC), at fire departments that offer to sponsor the training at their facilities, and at regional fire schools. Departments interested in sponsoring (providing the classroom and training facilities and helping to coordinate student attendance) are encouraged to contact IFSI using the standard course request procedures outlined in this document. The goals of this program are to provide basic training on fire fighting at the firefighter, vehicle operator, company officer, and chief levels and to reach fire departments that have not been able to participate in the certification program. Fire Departments who have a program to provide Essentials training, who have training facilities (particularly burn facilities), or who have established firefighter II certification programs are encouraged to act as regional sponsors for fire departments who do not have these capabilities. All participants in the Task Force agree that this is a way to provide critical training to those for whom it was previously unavailable. It is also hoped that this program will help in recruiting and retention of volunteer firefighters, while improving their hands-on fire fighting skills. The intent is to reach as many firefighters and departments as possible, so all classes must involve multiple departments, and in most cases, there must be a minimum of 15 to 20 students in a class.

Note: Most Cornerstone classes are requested through individual departments so you may not be able to register online with us for many of them.

Courses Offered:

Acquired Structure (House) Burn
Advanced Auto Extrication
Agriculture Rescue Techniques
Anhydrous Ammonia Emergencies
Basic Aerial Apparatus Operations
Basic Auto Extrication
Basic Company Officer
Basic Engine Company Operations
Basic Pumps
Basic Strategy and Tactics
Basic Truck Company Operations
Building Construction
Commercial Building Operations
Company Inspections
Crude Oil by Rail Awareness
Down and Dirty Hydraulics
Essentials I
Essentials II
Essentials III
Essentials IV
Ethanol Awareness
Ethanol Awareness Online
Fire Behavior and Smoke
Fire Fighting Foam Applications
Fire Ground Communications
Fire Ground Ropes and Knots
Fire Ground Search and Rescue
Fire Origin and Cause Awareness
Fire Origin and Cause Awareness Online
Fire Prevention / Public Education
Fire Service Ladders
Fire Service Vehicle Operator
Fire Service Vehicle Operator Online
Firefighter Rehabilitation and Heat Stress Management
Firefighter Self Rescue and Survival
Fireground Management for Small Career and Volunteer Departments
Fires on the Farm
Forcible Entry
Grain Bin Rescue Awareness
Handline Operations and Application
Hazardous Materials Awareness
High Rise Fire Fighting Operations
Hydrant Supply Operations
Large Animal Rescue Awareness (L.A.R.A.)
Large Vehicle Extrication
Leadership Principles for the Fire Officer
Light and Fight - Off Campus
Light and Fight - On Campus
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Propane) Fire Fighting
Master Stream Operations and Application
New Car Technology
NWCG S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
Oil Well Fire Fighting
Overhaul and Salvage
Pre-Fire Planning
Residential Building Operations
Responder Intervention Team - Basic
Routine Emergencies
Rural Engine and Tender Operations
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
Technical Rescue Awareness
Thermal Imaging Camera
Vehicle Fire Fighting
Vehicle Stabilization

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