Illinois Fire Service Institute


Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter I Academy : 330 Hours

Student Fee

Class specific

Course Description

The Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter I Academy is designed to give new firefighters the practical and cognitive training needed to operate safely and effectively on the fireground. The Academy exceeds the requirements outlined by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal for entry-level firefighter training. Academy focuses on an intense hands-on approach to firefighter, which promotes both skill competency and an understanding of the fireground. Students complete numerous fireground-speed evolutions, and rolling responses, which encourage them to apply their skills to a variety of scenarios.

The following co-requisite topics are now included in the Academy; Technical Rescue Awareness, Hazardous Materials Awareness, IS-100 and 700, Courage to be Safe, and Fire Service Vehicle Operator (Classroom Portion Only). Students will be automatically enrolled in the co-requisite classes. Immediately following the Academy, IFSI offers Hazardous Materials Operations and Vehicle Machinery Operations. These courses will require a separate registration form as soon as the Academy confirmation letter is received.


o Member of a recognized Fire Department or Fire Brigade

o SCBA Fit Test

o A current CPR card is recommended

o Physical fitness is key to success.

Student Fee: $3500.00 (includes tuition, books, and student helmet).

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  Syllabus - Basic Firefighter NFPA Firefighter I.pdf

This course is part of the following Programs

  • fire fighting
  • nfa-endorsed
  • on-site live fire


There are no prerequisites to taking this course

If you have specific questions about this course contact THOMAS SCHEU

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

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Applicable Credits

As of 11/21/2017


Meets or exceeds 29 CFR 1910.134, 155-159 (i).

NFA Endorsed

Hours: 280 This course is endorsed by the NFA and has a dual-certificate.


Reference NFPA 1001, 1500, 1710, 1720.

NIMS Compliant

This course is NIMS compliant

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