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Investigation Program

Program Description:

Classes within the Investigation Program are designed for firefighters and investigators to learn to discover fire origin and cause, and to determine if the fire was caused by arson.

Courses Offered:

Fire and Arson Investigation I
Fire and Arson Investigation II
Fire and Arson Investigation III
Fire Origin and Cause Awareness
Fire Origin and Cause Awareness Online
NFA Arson Detection for the First Responder
NFA Courtroom Preparation and Testimony for First Responders


The William (Bill) R. Glover Arson Investigation Scholarship

The Illinois Fire Service Institute has established the William (Bill) R. Glover Arson Investigation (WRG) scholarship fund supported by Susan Glover, the widow of IFSI Instructor Bill Glover.

The scholarship was established to support students wanting to advance their careers in arson investigation. Each year, a $200 scholarship is awarded to a student who is enrolled in an arson investigation class. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must serve as a volunteer firefighter on a downstate Illinois (outside the city of Chicago) department. An application form, that includes an essay, must be completed to be considered.

The recipient of the WRG Scholarship will be recommended by a fire chief of a volunteer department or by IFSI staff based upon need. The Director of IFSI will make the final decision.

Click here to fill out the application form

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