Illinois Fire Service Institute


Essentials I : 16 Hours

Student Fee

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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

This course is part of the following Program

  • cornerstone


There are no prerequisites to taking this course

If you have specific questions about this course contact SEAN BURKE

If you are interested in having this course taught in your area, contact your regional representative or SEAN BURKE .

If you are not sure who your regional representative is, take a look at this map. It is color coded by county. The regional representatives are listed below.

Upcoming Classes

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watson Sat, Jan 27 2018 -
Sat, Jan 27 2018

sullivan Mon, Feb 5 2018 -
Mon, Feb 5 2018

carrollton Sat, May 19 2018 -
Sun, May 20 2018

Applicable Credits

As of 01/22/2018


Some of the practical skills meet objectives
OSHA 29CFR1910 1910.134 Respiratory Protection A, B-1, B-2, C
OSHA 29CFR1910 1910.135, 136,138 Head, Foot & Hand Protection
OSHA 29CFR1910 1910.156 Fire Brigades
OSHA 29CFR1910 1910.157 Extinguishers


Some practical skills meet objectives under NFPA Standard
1001 Firefighter Professional Qualifications - Basic        
1404 Fire Department Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Program
1901 Automotive Fire Apparatus
1931 Fire Department Ground Ladders
1961, 62, 63, 64 Fire Hose, Care and Use and Service Testing, Couplings, Nozzles,
1971 Protective Ensemble for Structural Fire Fighting
1981 Open Circuit Self Contained Breathing Apparatus for the Fire Service

OSFM Certification

All practical skills are direct Certified Fire Fighter II or Certified Basic skill objectives
11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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