Illinois Fire Service Institute


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.


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