Illinois Fire Service Institute


Fire Apparatus Engineer Online : 64 Hours

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Course Description

The FAE Online course is a blended course in that all classroom materials will be delivered online through the IFSI Student and Staff Resource Center. Students will be provided instruction in 13 subjects under the close direction of an instructor. The practical portion of the course will be administered in three sessions at the IFSI Training Campus in Champaign. Classroom / Practical sessions will be on Week 4 (One day), Week 8 (One day) and Week 13 (Two day practical, state exam, and evaluation session) The final examination will be administered at the start of the first day of the week 13 practical sessions. Students can expect to dedicate 4-5 hours of time on their weekly studies for the online portion of the course. Module studies include: • Review of module objectives • Reading assignments • View module presentations • Listen or view audio or video lectures • Complete student homework assignments • Attend interactive "live" chat sessions • Complete module online quiz. • Complete Practical Practice Skills at their fire department One module will be completed each week for a total of 13 weeks. (The course is designed with the practical session to cover the same time that a college semester would.) Each module starts on a Monday and must be completed by Sunday of that week. Students work within their own schedule. The only time they have to be online at a specific time is for the live web chats. Chats are conducted two times during a week. Students have the option to attend one of the two chats. (Chats are a required part of course studies. Students MUST attend one of the chats!) The Fire Apparatus Engineer course is designed for firefighters who are assigned to operate fire department apparatus in the normal course of their duties. It is designed to develop a firefighter in the areas of principles of water and water systems, mechanical principles of pumps, pumps and pump controls, intake and discharge hydraulics, aerial apparatus considerations, apparatus spotting, fire stream development, pump maintenance, service testing, acceptance testing, and pump troubleshooting. The FAE will be able to generate effective fire streams from hydrants, relay operations, and drafting from static sources. Hose situations will range from single line problems up through multiple-line relay operations to give the students a solid understanding of fire ground hydraulics, as well as practical solutions to be able to apply these concepts to their department. Students or their departments will be responsible for the cost of lodging, meals and transportation to the practical session at IFSI in Champaign.

This course is part of the following Programs

  • driver/operator
  • e-learning
  • nfa-endorsed


IFSI prerequisites are based on Illinois and NFPA standards. Equivalencies from other agencies will be reviewed upon request.

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