Illinois Fire Service Institute


Essentials I : 16.00 Hours

Course Description

This is the first class of a series laying the foundation for basic fire fighting skills and "hands on" activities of a first responder. Beginning with personal safety, fire behavior, the hands-on fundamentals of utilizing self contained breathing apparatus, ladder raising and climbing skills as well as hose loads and advances. A portion of class will deal with the rudimentary principles of pumping apparatus for the purpose of maintaining an adequate fire stream. Although thorough in its scope, this should be considered a starting point for departments with a young and inexperienced roster. A great class for the veterans to refresh their skills and mentor the new firefighters on the department rolls. NOTE: Protective Clothing Required -- Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, SCBA and boots for this class. This course is delivered at local fire departments


  Syllabus - Essentials I.pdf

This course is part of the following Program

  • cornerstone


There are no prerequisites to taking this course

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Upcoming Classes

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dongola Sat, Nov 13 2021 -
Sat, Nov 13 2021

Sun, Nov 14 2021 -
Sun, Nov 14 2021

Applicable Credits

Hours 4
11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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