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Fire Officer Program

Program Description:

The Illinois Fire Service Institute offers more than 25 Fire Officer Training courses, which are designed to provide the fire officer with the knowledge and skills necessary to function in command and leadership positions. Many of the officer courses are also offered inabbreviated versions; however they may not meet the requirements for certification from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. For the convenience of our students, some Officer classes are offered on weekends in local departments.

Fire Officer I & II Program Rewrite

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Fire Officer I & II Program being rewritten?

Yes. The Fire Officer State Certification Advisory Committee (SCAC) has been tasked with correlating the current Fire Officer Program with the 2014 edition of NFPA 1021 – Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. The Fire Officer SCAC has found the objectives of existing Fire Officer Program are two NFPA revision cycles in arrears. The Fire Officer SCAC then identified opportunities for improvements based upon adult learning concepts and delivery models along with new job performance requirements (JPRs).

Why is the Fire Officer I & II Program being rewritten?

The program is being rewritten to apply modern adult education principles, job performance requirements and to reflect the changes in NFPA 1021 Fire Officer (2014).

Will my current Fire Officer certification still be valid?

Yes, in Illinois most certifications remain valid once they are received. (Fire Investigators are required to attend and document C.E.)

Will my current Fire Officer provisional certification still be valid?

Yes, you will need to complete provisional certification requirements and will be certified as Fire Officer I or II under the old certification rules. The Fire Officer SCAC has recommended a grace period to complete this certification. The grace period would be one year from the implementation of the revised Fire Officer Program.

What do I do if I have completed any current Fire Officer, but have not completed the series of classes?

You should complete the remaining courses ASAP as teaching agencies may begin to reduce the number of offerings as the new program is introduced. The Fire Officer SCAC has recommended a grace period to complete this certification. The grace period would be one year from the implementation of the revised Fire Officer Program.

What is the deadline for completing my Fire Officer Certification under the existing system?

The Fire Officer SCAC has recommended a grace period to complete this certification. The grace period would be one year from the implementation of the revised Fire Officer Program.

How will I achieve / document experiential time?

A job task book will be issued in the course and will be completed within your own department to document proficiency and experience as a fire officer.

Who will evaluate my Task Book?

Task books are evaluated and the responsibility of your department that will be audited for completion by OSFM Field Staff representatives during site visits

Will an OSFM written exam be required to receive Fire Officer Certification?

Yes, upon completion of the course and job task book, an OSFM examination must be challenged and passed with a minimum score of 70%.

How can I complete elements of the job task book for actual emergency service delivery if we do not run that many calls?

Simulations and practice experience may be used for portions of the job task book that may not be able to be completed due to low call volume. A set of sample scenarios and simulations will be made available to approved agencies.

If our labor contract or promotional criteria require me to be a Provisional Fire Officer I or II to test or be promoted, how will I be able to get that status if it is going to be eliminated?

Course completion certificates will be issued by the agency with valid OSFM course approval and that is equivalent to the current “provisional status” which is granted upon course completion and other co-requisites.

Will there be a “Bridge Course” for my current Fire Officer certification?

No, there is no bridge course into the new curriculum as it is too different from the existing courses. The Fire Officer SCAC believes that a fire officer will be better served by moving his/her professional development forward, rather than adjusting an existing certification.

When will the new Fire Officer Program be available?

Pilot course offerings are expected in the early spring 2015.

Will I be required to obtain continuing education in order to maintain my Fire Officer certification?

The 2014 edition of NFPA 1021 states, "The fire officer at all levels of progression shall remain current with the general knowledge and skills and job performance requirements addressed in the level of qualification." Thus, the Fire Officer SCAC anticipates that Fire Officers will be required to complete and document continuing education to maintain their Fire Officer Certification.

Is the Fire Officer I & II certification going to undergo a name change?

This topic has been discussed, but no decision has been made. The Fire Officer SCAC has recommended a name change in order to differentiate between to two educational models.

Courses Offered:

All Hazards Incident Commander
All Hazards Public Information Officer
All Hazards Safety Officer
Basic Company Officer
Basic Strategy and Tactics
Commercial Building Operations
Emergency Response to Terrorism Tactical Concepts for Company Officers
Executive Skills Series: Exercising Leadership to Facilitate Adaptive Change (F0521)
Fire Department Incident Safety Officer
Fire Prevention / Public Education
Fire Prevention Principles
Fireground Command Officer School
Fireground Company Officer School
First-In Officer
Instructor I
Instructor I - Online
Instructor II
Introduction to the NFIRS 5.0 Reporting System
Leadership Principles for the Fire Officer
Looking at Smoke Tactically
Management I
Management II
Management III
Management IV
NFA Command & Control Wildland/Urban Interface Operations for the Structural Chief Officer
NFA Community Risk Issues and Prevention Interventions
NFA Cooperative Leadership Issues in Wildland/Urban Interface Operations
NFA Courtroom Preparation and Testimony for First Responders
NFA Decision Making for Initial Company Operations
NFA Executive Skill Series: Influencing
NFA Executive Skills Series: Managing and Leading Change
NFA Fire Modeling in a Single Family Residence
NFA Health and Safety Officer
NFA Incident Command For High-Rise Operations
NFA Incident Command System for Emergency Medical Services
NFA Incident Safety Officer
NFA Introduction to Wildland and Urban Interface Fire Fighting for Structural Company Officers
NFA Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Specialist I
NFA Leadership I: Strategies for Company Success
NFA Leadership II: Strategies for Personal Success
NFA Leadership III:Strategies for Supervisory Success
NFA Managing in a Changing Environment
NFA Marketing Fire Prevention in Your Community
NFA National Fire Incident Reporting System: Intro to NFIRS 5.0
NFA Preventing Fire Risk Based on Socioeconomic Factors: Rural & Urban Settings
NFA Shaping the Future
NFA Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations
NFA Training Operations in Small Departments
NIMS ICS for the Fire Service
NWCG L-280 Followership to Leadership
NWCG S-131 Advanced Fire Fighter/Squad Boss
NWCG S-230 Wildland Fire Fighting Crew Boss
NWCG S-231 Wildland Engine Boss
NWCG S-336 Tactical Decision Making in Wildland Fire
Prescription Burn Management
Special Response Team Leadership
Tactics and Strategy I
Tactics and Strategy II

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