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Beginning May 18, 2020, IEMS will continue to offer AHA HeartCode BLS CPR: VAMThe safety of the students and staff is our priority and all recommendations by the AHA will be followed to the fullest extent (see COVID-19 Safety Notice for more information). Please contact illinimedservices@illinois.edu if you have any questions about taking this course. 

 

Intended Audience 

The American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider (AHA BLS Provider) course is intended for healthcare professionals, students of health professions, and other personnel who must know how to do CPR and perform basic life support skills.

- This certification is required for those wanting to volunteer with IEMS or take our EMT-B course.

- This course provides the same certification as our AHA HeartCode BLS CPR: Hybrid course.

 

Course Details

This AHA BLS Course trains students on how to recognize life-threatening emergencies, provide high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants, deliver appropriate ventilations, and use an AED. The content and skills discussed in this course reflect the latest updates provided by the American Heart Association. 

This course is a hybrid class with an online portion, followed by a hands-on skills individual session. The online portion typically takes around 3 hours and the hands-on skills session typically takes 30 minutes. This skills session uses a Voice Assisted Manikin which provides real-time feedback during each skill. 

Upon completion of the hands-on skills session, students will receive the BLS Provider Course Completion eCard immediately, which is valid for two years. 

 

COVID-19 Safety Notice:

All students and instructors will be required to:

- Wear a face-covering upon arrival at IFSI

- Maintain 6 feet distancing

- Screen themselves for symptoms and temperature at the entrance to IFSI

- STAY HOME and RESCHEDULE if experiencing any potential symptoms** of COVID-19 or had known contact with a COVID-positive individual

** Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea

 

 How will the course be modified?

- Each student will have an individual skills session with just 1 instructor in the room

- Each student will receive individual equipment and be offered a pair of disposable gloves if desired

All equipment will be thoroughly decontaminated before and after each student

- No mouth-based ventilations will be practiced; rather, a Bag Valve Mask (BVM) will be used

 

Registration and Payment

Part 1: After thoroughly reviewing our COVID-19 Safety Notice, register for this course using the links below (please contact us if there is any trouble registering).  

**Please ignore the times listed on the registration page and confirmation email as the course is taken online at your own pace and the skills session is individually scheduled**

 

Part 2: After registering, students must email illinimedservices@illinois.edu (and cc bjjoshi2@illinois.edu) to set up a time to do the hands-on skills session. Within 48 hours of sending this email, students will receive an email with instructions on how to access the online course (please check spam for an email from RQI). All portions of the online course must be completed fully at the student's own time prior to the test-out portion. 

 

Part 3: Upon completion of the skills session, you will receive an invoice from IFSI for $65. This invoice can be paid through your student account, calling IFSI to pay via credit card, or sending a check to the address listed on the invoice

 

Cancellations

Once you register for this class, you will not be able to cancel and will be charged the full fee. It is the student's responsibility to finish the online portion and schedule a hands-on skills session. For each failure to attend the scheduled skills session time without 24 hours notice, you will be assessed a cancellation fee of $25 added to the price of the course. Exceptions to the 24-hour policy will be made on a case by case basis by the Director of CPR Education.

 

As a reminder, the in-person skills portion does not take place at the listed time on the registration page or confirmation email. Each skills session is individually scheduled with the BLS Class Coordinator over email.

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This class is designed to continue where the Basic Auto Extrication course left off. Knowledge of common techniques and tools is a prerequisite. The course will involve hands-on practical training involving various scenarios and address scene safety, evaluation and management. Hands-on experience using various methods to stabilize vehicles on their side, upside down, and on other vehicles or barriers is necessary. Operations will involve laying down, crouching, or crawling in vehicles. Includes challenging scenarios where all members of the team must be working to keep from pushing out of the golden hour. Participants must furnish approved helmet, fire boots or leather safety boots, eye protection, gloves, coveralls or turnout gear for class. If conducted off-site, is the responsibility of the host department to provide vehicles and means for positioning them.

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The Advanced Fire Officer course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, at the supervisory/managerial level, who oversees multiple fire companies or stations, with information and skills required for success. The Advanced Fire Officer course is compliant with NFPA 1021 - Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications as it provides training and education in the requisite areas of Human Resource Management, Community and Government Relations, Administration, Inspections and Investigations, Emergency Service Delivery, along with Health and Safety. This course satisfies the course completion component for Office of the State Fire Marshal Certification as Advanced Fire Officer.

 

This program is delivered via a blended learning concept utilizing traditional classroom and on-line teaching elements. Each Phase must be taken consecutively and attendance is mandatory.

  • Orientation Session (In-Class, 8 Hours)  to ensure the students understands the on-line learning management system and expectations of the program. (First date listed)
  • Phase 1: On-line learning, self-directed 40 hours of education completed over 4 consecutive weeks. (Second dates listed)
  • Phase 2: Traditional in-classroom learning and practical applications, 80 hours of education. (Third and fourth dates listed)

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The Advanced Technician Firefighter/ NFPA Firefighter II course exceeds all requirements outlined by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal and NFPA 1001. This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate under general supervision during Firefighting operations. This course focuses on an intense hands-on approach to advanced firefighting skills. Students will experience advanced lectures to promote critical thinking, practical skills evaluations to promote competency, and live fire scenarios to promote teamwork and coordinated fire attack.

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In this class, first responders learn about ammonia characteristics, environmental concerns, associated health effects, EMS options, as well as public safety. Instructors also discuss responder safety and protection, including personal protection equipment (PPE) concerns and isolation or protect-in-place options. There is also a discussion on evacuation versus shelter in-place tactics. The class also covers Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) used with alarm scenarios, risk-benefit analysis and troubleshooting real life incidents with illustrations of “first-ins” and incident command responsibilities.

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This Down & Dirty class is customized for fire departments and mutual aid associations emphasizing the decisions to be made and the actions to be taken by fire ground supervisors, using traditional tactical priorities. The class is tailored for the size and type of department requesting the class. Designed to help company officers gain the knowledge and practical skills required to effectively lead a fire company, classroom discussions of responsibilities and tactics are coupled with demonstrations and hands-on practice. As time allows students may take the role of a company officer in a simulated incident. Emphasis will be on size-up, tactical decision-making, direction and control of personnel, and accountability.

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Mon, Jun 22 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Sat, Jun 27 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 Awareness and Operations and Vehicle Machinery Operations. These courses will require a separate registration form as soon as the Academy confirmation letter is received.

Prerequisites:

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: $4100.00

Area Lodging Info: https://www.fsi.illinois.edu/content/information/lodging.cfm

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The Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Firefighter Basic Online program is delivered in the modular form as prescribed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and meets the cognitive requirements for Firefighter Basic certification.

The practical requirements are the responsibility of the student, under the direction of their own fire department. A student practical package will be provided to guide and document student performance.

The Online Firefighter Basic Course consists of 23 subject areas (plus Haz Mat Awareness & Tech Rescue Awareness) delivered from the IFSI Online Classroom. The online classroom provides an overview of each subject, defines learning objectives, outline reading assignments, audio lectures, chat sessions, student assignments, and electronic quizzes. Students should be familiar with the use of the computer and have access to the Internet.

The final exam will be administered through the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

Module subjects are as follows:

Module A: Orientation/Organization - Safety  - Communications - Building Construction - Fire Behavior-SCBA - Portable Extinguishers - Ropes and Knots

Module B: Fire Ground Search & Rescue - Fire Hose/Appliances - Firefighter Survival - Ventilation - Forcible Entry - Water Supply Ladders - Nozzles and Streams - Apparatus Familiarization - Fire Control/Suppression - Wildland Firefighting

Module C: Loss Control - Preserving Evidence - Fire Detection/Alarms - Fire Prevention/Public Education - Hazardous Materials Awareness – Technical Rescue Awareness. 

Modules are intended to be taken in order. An exception may be given by the Firefighting Program Director or Distance Learning Program Director.

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The Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Firefighter Basic Online program is delivered in the modular form as prescribed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and meets the cognitive requirements for Firefighter Basic certification.

The practical requirements are the responsibility of the student, under the direction of their own fire department. A student practical package will be provided to guide and document student performance.

The Online Firefighter Basic Course consists of 23 subject areas (plus Haz Mat Awareness & Tech Rescue Awareness) delivered from the IFSI Online Classroom. The online classroom provides an overview of each subject, defines learning objectives, outline reading assignments, audio lectures, chat sessions, student assignments, and electronic quizzes. Students should be familiar with the use of the computer and have access to the Internet.

The final exam will be administered through the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

Module subjects are as follows:

Module A: Orientation/Organization - Safety  - Communications - Building Construction - Fire Behavior-SCBA - Portable Extinguishers - Ropes and Knots

Module B: Fire Ground Search & Rescue - Fire Hose/Appliances - Firefighter Survival - Ventilation - Forcible Entry - Water Supply Ladders - Nozzles and Streams - Apparatus Familiarization - Fire Control/Suppression - Wildland Firefighting

Module C: Loss Control - Preserving Evidence - Fire Detection/Alarms - Fire Prevention/Public Education - Hazardous Materials Awareness – Technical Rescue Awareness. 

Modules are intended to be taken in order. An exception may be given by the Firefighting Program Director or Distance Learning Program Director.

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The Basic Tactics & Strategy course is designed for the new firefighter who is responsible for learning about making decisions on the fire ground. Size up and a plan of action based upon conditions will be reviewed. Subject areas which will be covered are: initial action plans, safety, fire behavior, building construction, engine company and truck company operations, and
apparatus positioning.

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Mon, Aug 3 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Sat, Aug 8 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is FEMA approved and may also eligible for certification with ProBoard. The goal of this course is to prepare responders to operate as a local member of a regional team within the NIMS (National Incident Management System) at a CBRNE (Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear-Explosive) WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the need for a permit required confined space rescue at the Technician level.

The Confined Space Rescue Technician course has been designed in accordance with the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, 2009 edition as well as NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications, 2013 Edition.

This class reviews the federal and state regulations for confined space, high angle, and hazardous materials incidents, the use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring, and commercial and rescuer constructed retrieval systems.

This course includes simulated rescue evolutions requiring a mixture of all three disciplines, challenging the responder to deal with rescuing the rescuer in a contaminated atmosphere.

Special emphasis is given to rescuer safety, tactical scene management, patient care, decontamination, and the construction and operation of retrieval systems.

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This course requires an online component prior to completing the simulator time.

Driver Readiness Interactive Vehicle Experience.  This blended course is designed for students who have never operated large vehicles.  Students will complete a series of online presentations covering safe driving practices, defensive driving principles, emergency vehicle response principles, and emergency driver responsibilities.  The driving simulator will be used to acclimate students to the characteristics unique to large emergency vehicles including; vehicle dimensions, vehicle handling, and vehicle features by operating these vehicles in realistic exercises.  Students will also participate in scenarios that practice spatial recognition, maneuvering large emergency vehicles in confined areas, as well as operation in both normal traffic situations and emergency responses.  

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This course requires an online component prior to completing the simulator time.

Driver Readiness Interactive Vehicle Experience. This blended course is designed for students with limited or no experience operating emergency vehicles.  Students will complete an online presentation covering the complexities of emergency responses, legal principles, roadway and intersection hazard management, and emergency vehicle defensive driving principles.  The driving simulator will be used to practice techniques such as hazard management and defensive driving practices while responding to an emergency.  Proper apparatus placement considerations will also be discussed upon arrival to the scene.

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This 4-hour course is designed for all firefighters who drive emergency vehicles. This course can be used as initial training for new emergency vehicle drivers to learn strategies to safely operate emergency vehicles in emergency and non-emergency situations or as refresher course for experienced emergency vehicle drivers. Students will learn safe driving practices, defensive driving principles, the responsibilities of an emergency vehicle driver, how to safely operate emergency vehicles during emergent responses, and the difficulties of driving tender apparatus. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have a better understanding of how to prevent crashes while driving emergency vehicles.

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The class offers firefighters and Officers an opportunity to either sharpen their current skills or learn new and efficient skills for the all-important task of getting water on the fire. Students practice efficient hose loads and finishes for securing a water supply, whether rural or urban. Advancing lines through a variety of objectives including stairways, ladders, ground level and basement deployment, these are skills vital to the engine company. Students pull and deploy charged and uncharged hose lines in a variety of situations, both interior and exterior.  Proper hose and nozzle selection for the size and type of fire are discussed.  The engine company responsibilities with regard to rescue and other tactical priorities are presented and practiced.

This is a 28 hour course in residence, over 3 days, with a 3 hour online component to be completed prior to the student’s arrival at IFSI.  Students need to bring NFPA compliant PPE and NFPA compliant SCBA, preferred two SCBA bottles.

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This third Essentials class expands upon Essentials I and II and covers communication, tactical priorities, plus advanced SCBA and other evolutions. Related Fire Scene operational skills focus on proactive portions of the duties of the fire attack. Subjects like public education, pre-fire planning and its relationship to local building construction, calculating critical fire flow, and maintaining adequate fire streams are included in Essentials III. The class includes various evolutions working with obtaining and maintaining an adequate water supply, plus working with hand lines and/or master streams. Fire service rope practices for utilization on the fire ground for hoisting and other uses complete this module. 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

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The goal of this course is to give the student a basic understanding of the emerging ethanol industry. Chances are you have volumes of ethanol moving through your community on any given day. Fire departments with ethanol plants in neighboring communities may be called to assist in ethanol plant emergencies. Ethanol has significantly different characteristics than petroleum based motor fuels. You must prepare to handle ethanol type incidents. Finally, this course provides a foundation to prepare you to take future ethanol courses. The Awareness course covers topics relating to E-85 such as chemical and physical properties, terminology, production, transportation, distribution, fire and health hazards, spills and the ramifications, sources of additional information and firefighting considerations and procedures.

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This 40-hour class is designed for firefighters who are assigned to or may be assigned to operate fire department apparatus in the normal course of their duties. This course is designed to develop firefighters understanding of mechanical principles of fire pumps and their controls, principles of water and water systems, intake and discharge hydraulics, fire stream production, relay pumping operations, care and maintenance of pumper apparatus, and troubleshooting. Students will practice producing effective fire streams from hydrants, relay operations, and drafting from static sources. Students will also practice determining pump discharge pressures for hydraulic situations that range from single line problems to multiple-line relay operations to provide a solid understanding of fire ground hydraulics and practical solutions to apply these concepts to their department.

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The F.A.S.T. course is designed for those firefighters seeking to advance their basic skills training or for those seeking additional live firefighting experience. The course will emphasize advancing proficiency in hose and ladder handling, forcible entry, SCBA, search and rescue, structural fire attack, ventilation, and stream operations. Training responses and acquired structures will be utilized to provide a challenging learning environment.

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The class explains how fires grow and spread and how to recognize and anticipate what is happening in a burning building by observing the smoke and fire conditions. Students will learn about the relationships between fuel, oxygen, heat and the chemical chain reaction, physical properties, heat transfer from ignition through flashover and their associated hazards. Understanding the difference in color, thickness, speed of movement, and location of smoke within the structure are important skills examined in this course.

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This class is full and no longer accepting registrations

Sat, Apr 18 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The goal of this course is to prepare students whom will be designated by an incident commander (IC) as the incident safety officer (ISO). This course will teach students how to monitor the various types of incidents including Fire, EMS, Technical Rescue, and Hazardous Materials scenes, and report to the IC the status of conditions, hazards, and risks present. This course will also cover accident investigation and review procedures as well as how to develop and participate in a post-incident analysis.

Required for National Certification (ProBoard):
IFSI must have a copy of your NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I certification on file for you to receive a ProBoard certificate.

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This class focuses on how to develop, implement, and evaluate fire ground communications. During this session new and seasoned firefighters will have the opportunity to practice tactical and strategic size up procedures assuring the proper communication benchmarks are used.

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Mon, May 4 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Sat, May 9 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class will provide the student with a basic knowledge of search and rescue tactics and mindsets. This class is designed for the firefighter with at least one year of experience. In this class the student learns basic firefighter skills and hones these skills during realistic exercises. Upon successful completion of this class, the student will walk away with an increased level of basic firefighter competencies.

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These classes are held via a Zoom online classroom. Instructions for joining the class will be emailed to you upon registration. Please access the program via the online classroom link for optimum experience. You will miss out on this media rich program when using the dial-in method.

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Mon, Jun 8 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Sat, Jun 13 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fire Service Vehicle Operations is designed to give fire service personnel the basic knowledge and skills to safely perform fire service vehicle operations as defined by NFPA 1451, Fire Service Vehicle Operations Program. NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications, 1998. This course covers the classroom portion of the FSVO certification. Students will be required to complete the practical portion of FSVO locally as prescribed by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal. Practical requirement are the responsibility of the student and their fire department. NOTE: Online Course Final Examination The Illinois Fire Service Institute has adopted a new Course Examination and Evaluation policy as of July 1, 2011. This policy change has been made to bring IFSI’s testing practices in line with industry standards, as well as to improve the security of exam administration. As a result, all final examinations that IFSI administers for their courses are to be proctored by a trained IFSI instructor / proctor. Exam dates for the online courses are either the last Wednesday or Thursday of each month. This can be scheduled by using the following link. Each class will run from mid January to mid June and another from July to mid December.

https://www.fsi.illinois.edu/documents/policies/curriculum/Regional%20Testing.pdf

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This five-day class is designed to help command officers gain the knowledge and practical skills required to effectively direct multiple companies at a fire. Classroom discussions of leadership, responsibilities, and tactics will be coupled with four days of demonstrations and hands-on practice of directing live-fire evolutions. Each student will take the role of a command officer. Afterwards, each evolution will be critiqued by their fellow students and instructors. First priority will be given to applicants who are in a Command Officer position on their department, officers who act in a Command role will be given second priority, and any other opening will be given to the remaining applicants on a first come-first serve basis.

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This class is designed to help company officers gain the knowledge and practical skills required to effectively lead a fire company.Classroom discussions of leadership, responsibilities, and tactics will be coupled with four days of demonstrations and hands-on practice of directing live-fire evolutions. Each student will take the role of a company officer.Afterwards, each evolution will be critiqued by their fellow students and instructors.

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This 1:16 hour class is designed for the firefighter with any level of experience being that it is only a basic level course covering basic Forcible Entry techniques. In this class the student will learn basic skills concerning many types of: force entry, tools needed, types of tools used, how to use these tools and instructor tips and tricks during classroom and hands on tool exercises. Upon successful completion of this class, the student should walk away with an increased level of basic firefighter competencies on this important subject.

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The scope of this course is to educate students about grain storage facility types, their construction, and operating features. OSHA regulations, physical-environmental hazards and potential rescue resources are identified to ensure the response falls within the requirements minimizing fire department civil or criminal liability. Scene management and safety are discussed in conjunction with locating and making contact with the victim. Appropriate non-entry rescue efforts are identified. Various cutting tools are used in a simulated rescue to assist in the removal of grain from the system. Upon completion of this class the student will possess the ability to function as a support member to a rescue team conducting rescue operations at a grain storage facility.

 

Please bring with you to class:

Turn out gear
Helmet
Gloves
Eye protection
Ear protection
Steel toed shoes

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This course will provide first responders with the knowledge and skills to understand hazardous substances and the risks associated with them in an incident; recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency; understand the role of the emergency responder at the Awareness level, including site security and control; have understanding of the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Guidebook; realize the need for additional resources, call for appropriate assistance, and make appropriate notifications to the community. This course also includes counter-terrorism curriculum. This course meets NFPA 472 Standard, 2002 Edition, OSHA CFR 29.1910.120 (q); it also meets the objectives outlined in the Emergency Response to Terrorism self-study guide and is certifiable by the NFA. This course also reflects the Awareness description as seen in NFPA 472 Annex E. Additionally, it meets the requirements of the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the National Fire Academy. This course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health for 8 Emergency Medical Services Continuing Education Hours. Course Syllabus Page 1 of 5 Statewide WMD Response: Hazardous Materials Awareness NOTE: Online Course Final Examination The Illinois Fire Service Institute has adopted a new Course Examination and Evaluation policy as of July 1, 2011.This policy change has been made to bring IFSI’s testing practices in line with industry standards, as well as to improve the security of exam administration. As a result, all final examinations that IFSI administers for their courses are to be proctored by a trained IFSI instructor / proctor. Exam dates for the online courses are either the last Wednesday or Thursday of the month. The date, time and location are determined based on proctor availability and site location availability. You must take the exam on one of the two nights provided. If you know now that you cannot attend one of these test days for this class you should sign up for a class at another time. Students with extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis by the eLearning Program Director regarding taking their exam at a later date.

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This course will provide Awareness level personnel, with the knowledge and skills to: understand what hazardous materials are and the risk associated with them in an incident; recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency; have understanding of the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook; realize the need for additional resources, call for appropriate assistance, and to make appropriate notifications to the community.


This course is intended for personnel who need to meet the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q) only. This course is NOT intended for those personnel who need to meet the requirements of NFPA 1072.

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This course serves as an annual refresher for students who have taken the OSHA Hazardous Materials Awareness course.

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This course provides to those who are or will be operating as a member of a fire department, law enforcement agency, EMS agency, emergency management agency, or other first responder agency, the basic skills needed to evaluate and work defensively at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials.  The objectives of the course are to teach participants: basic hazards and risk-assessment techniques for Hazmat and CBRNE environments; selecting and using proper personal protective equipment provided to the first responder at the Operations level; performing basic control, containment and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available; an understanding of the types of CBRNE and WMD events that may be presented to the first responder; and an understanding of the relevant standard operating guidelines and termination procedures.

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The goal of this 80-hour course is to prepare responders to operate as a local member of a regional hazardous materials response team within the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) at a CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive) event requiring a statewide response.  The course provides the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate offensively or defensively at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials.  The objectives of the course are to teach participants: to classify, identify, and verify known and unknown material by using field survey instruments and equipment; to select and use the proper chemical protective equipment provided to the hazardous materials Technician; to understand hazard and risk assessment techniques for Hazmat and CBRNE environments; to be able to perform advanced control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available; and to develop action plans within the parameters of the State plan for statewide response to WMD events.

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This course provides training on and resources for overall incident management skills for personnel who require intermediate application of the Incident Management System.  This course will outline how the National Incident Management System Command & Coordination component supports the management of expanding incidents, as well as describe the incident management processses as prescribed by ICS.

The target audience for this course is individuals who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents.  This includes Command and General Staff positions as well as Division/Group Supervisor and/or Unit Leader level positions that may be activated during an expanding incident that typically extends into multiple Operational Periods.

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Building on the prerequisite courses, this course focuses on ICS for Command and General Staff in complex incidents. This advanced ICS 400 course focuses on senior personnel who are expected to perform in a management capacity in Area Command or Multiagency Coordination System, or as part of an Incident Management Team.


The target audience for this course includes experienced senior emergency management personnel who may perform in a management capacity for major or complex incidents. This group includes individuals who may serve as the Incident Commander, as a member of a Unified Command, or as members of the Command or General Staff, or Multiagency Coordination Group/Emergency Operations Center (EOC) management for incidents that may use an Area Command.

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The Instructor I course is designed to give the student the knowledge and ability to teach from prepared materials which are predominantly skills oriented. Areas covered include: communication, concepts of learning, human relations in the teaching-learning environment, methods of teaching, organizing the learning environment, records and reports, testing and evaluation, instructor's roles and responsibilities, teaching techniques, and use of instructional materials.

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The Instructor II course designed to place an emphasis on teaching formalized lessons from materials prepared by the instructor, including relating information from one lesson or class to the next. Coverage includes: writing performance objectives, developing lesson plans, preparing instructional materials, constructing evaluation devices, demonstrating selected teaching methods, completing training records and reports, and identifying reference resources.

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The Instructor II course designed to place an emphasis on teaching formalized lessons from materials prepared by the instructor, including relating information from one lesson or class to the next. Coverage includes: writing performance objectives, developing lesson plans, preparing instructional materials, constructing evaluation devices, demonstrating selected teaching methods, completing training records and reports, and identifying reference resources.

Blended Course Delivery

Instructor II Online 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 12 subjects under the direction of an instructor, to be completed in a 4 week time period.

Students are required to attend one practical session. Practical session will meet at the regional training facility assigned to the class. This could change to Regional Centers dependent on student registration requirements. 

 

These practical / deliverables are required by the end of the course.

  • Performance evaluation for - two presentations.
  • NIOSH Case Study – Assignment
  • Writing Objectives - Assignment
  • Cognitive Lesson Plan – Assignments
  • Support Materials – Assignment
  • Psychomotor Lesson Plan - Assignment

 

Students will be required to sit for the end of course examination. The examination will be administered during the week four practical day.

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If you are a Chief Officer who has the courage to embrace the challenge of personal and professional development at a whole new level, the Leadership Development and Decision Making (LDDM) Program is for you. The LDDM Program provides a one of a kind training experience. LDDM instructors introduce each topic with foundation material and then through a Socratic teaching style immerse the students in the topic through highly interactive small group discussions, ethical and moral discussion groups/decision games, tactical decision games, sand table exercises/discussions, and practical application exercises. Through the Socratic teaching style the instructor facilitates interaction and challenges each of the students to reach outside of their comfort zone through discovery learning, rather than the classic lecture and direction format.

 

The LDDM Program is designed to be a “cradle-to-grave” fire service leadership development/decision-making training and education continuum that has consistent themes, priorities, and lines of education in order to institutionalize the highest-quality leadership in the fire service. Training is provided for three standard fire service levels; firefighter, fire officer and chief officer. Each level within the LDDM Program is provided relevant opportunities for development, which are specific to their rank across seven common Lines of Education (LOE)

 

Lines of Education:

1)            Leadership and followership

2)            History and traditions

3)            Communications

4)            Morals and ethics

5)            Professional development/tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs)

6)            Decision-making and thinking critically

7)            Command climate and culture

 

If you are willing to participate in a challenging training and development program the Leadership Development and Decision Making Program is for you.

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If you are a Fire Officer (Lieutenant or Captain) who has the courage to embrace the challenge of personal and professional development at a whole new level, the Leadership Development and Decision Making (LDDM) Program is for you. The LDDM Program provides a one of a kind training experience. LDDM instructors introduce each topic with foundation material and then through a Socratic teaching style immerse the students in the topic through highly interactive small group discussions, ethical and moral discussion groups/decision games, tactical decision games, sand table exercises/discussions, and practical application exercises. Through the Socratic teaching style the instructor facilitates interaction and challenges each of the students to reach outside of their comfort zone through discovery learning, rather than the classic lecture and direction format.

 

The LDDM Program is designed to be a “cradle-to-grave” fire service leadership development/decision-making training and education continuum that has consistent themes, priorities, and lines of education in order to institutionalize the highest-quality leadership in the fire service. Training is provided for three standard fire service levels; firefighter, fire officer and chief officer. Each level within the LDDM Program is provided relevant opportunities for development, which are specific to their rank across seven common Lines of Education (LOE)

 

Lines of Education:

1)            Leadership and followership

2)            History and traditions

3)            Communications

4)            Morals and ethics

5)            Professional development/tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs)

6)            Decision-making and thinking critically

7)            Command climate and culture

 

If you are willing to participate in a challenging training and development program the Leadership Development and Decision Making Program is for you.

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If you are a Firefighter who has the courage to embrace the challenge of personal and professional development at a whole new level, the Leadership Development and Decision Making (LDDM) Program is for you. The LDDM Program provides a one of a kind training experience. LDDM instructors introduce each topic with foundation material and then through a Socratic teaching style immerse the students in the topic through highly interactive small group discussions, ethical and moral discussion groups/decision games, tactical decision games, sand table exercises/discussions, and practical application exercises. Through the Socratic teaching style the instructor facilitates interaction and challenges each of the students to reach outside of their comfort zone through discovery learning, rather than the classic lecture and direction format.

 

The LDDM Program is designed to be a “cradle-to-grave” fire service leadership development/decision-making training and education continuum that has consistent themes, priorities, and lines of education in order to institutionalize the highest-quality leadership in the fire service. Training is provided for three standard fire service levels; firefighter, fire officer and chief officer. Each level within the LDDM Program is provided relevant opportunities for development, which are specific to their rank across seven common Lines of Education (LOE).

 

Lines of Education:

1)            Leadership and followership

2)            History and traditions

3)            Communications

4)            Morals and ethics

5)            Professional development/tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs)

6)            Decision-making and thinking critically

7)            Command climate and culture

 

If you are willing to participate in a challenging training and development program the Leadership Development and Decision Making Program is for you.

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This class delivers fundamental training in increments convenient to meet the needs of individual department members. Hands-on live fire training is set up in several different scenarios for all firefighters and their experience level. During the training rotations students will train on basic SCBA, hose handling and movement, ladder raises, carries, climbing, tool handling, and proper tool selection for the assigned task. Additionally, the coordinated drills will offer students an opportunity to work as a member of a fire suppression team, and introduce very basic RIT and Saving Our Own concepts. Minimum participation restrictions shall apply. NOTE: Protective Clothing Required -- Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, SCBA and boots for this class.

 

You MUST be pre-registered to be admitted to the training.  No walk-ins allowed.  Persons not on the Class Roster will not be admitted.

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Liquefied Petroleum Gas Emergencies is a course aimed at personnel (emergency responders, Industry and Hazardous Materials teams) who may respond to handle Liquefied Petroleum Gas emergencies. The students will learn what Liquefied Petroleum Gas is and tactics in handling it. There will be hands on training in handling and controlling live flammable gas releases.

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This Cornerstone version introduces students to the basics of Responder Intervention Team (RIT) operations and tactical and strategic operations related to downed firefighters. Discussion covers firefighter case studies, RIT tools, staging, RASP, size up, accountability, equipment demonstrations, victim extrication/disentanglement, and managing the "Mayday." Preventive or proactive methods of avoiding situations where fire fighters are trapped are highlighted. Practical reactive techniques or mitigation of a downed responder are demonstrated and practiced as a part of this "hands on" class. 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.

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These classes are held via a Zoom online classroom. Instructions for joining the class will be emailed to you upon registration. Please access the program via the online classroom link for optimum experience. You will miss out on this media rich program when using the dial-in method.

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Mon, Jul 20 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Sat, Jul 25 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Formally Rit under Fire, this course provides firefighters with the necessary advance skills to effectively operate as a member of a responder intervention team. Responder Intervention Team Rescue Technician combines classroom lecture, firefighter fatality case studies, drag and carries, breaching, heavy lifting with hydraulic and pneumatic tools, cutting utilizing a variety of torches, and hands-on scenario based training involving a firefighter mayday. Skills are practiced and honed under live fire conditions that will challenge each student mental and physically. This course goes beyond any traditional class by utilizing rescue tools and techniques in the fire suppression environment. This physically intense course meets and exceeds NFPA 1407, preparing the responder for our worst-case scenario.

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This course is designed for fire department personnel that utilize mobile water supply operations.  Students will familiarize themselves with various alternative water sources and the equipment that is necessary to make use of those sources.  Students will also discuss the need to pre-plan mobile water supply operations.  Upon successful completion of this class, the student will learn how to make more efficient use of their department’s equipment. 

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These classes are held via a Zoom online classroom. Instructions for joining the class will be emailed to you upon registration. Please access the program via the online classroom link for optimum experience. You will miss out on this media rich program when using the dial-in method.

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Tue, May 26 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Sat, May 30 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This 24 hour course is designed for students who may be involved in conducting primary and secondary searches of single family, multi-family, and commercial structures.  This class focuses on the primary search, secondary search and final searches. Not only in residential buildings but, multi-family and commercial setting as well and goes further to include Vent Enter Search (VES), Rope Assisted Search Procedures (RASP) and Wide Area Search.  Students also spend time learning and practicing the critical component of victim removal procedures. Each student is encouraged to develop and refine this skill set that will prove invaluable for the rest of their career.

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The emphasis of this course will be the safe and efficient use of self-contained breathing apparatus. This program emphasizes core skills such as: donning, doffing, shifting, dumping, emergency procedures, and buddy breathing. Following demonstrated mastery of these core skills, the student will work in real and simulated fire conditions while performing functions where self-contained breathing apparatus are essential, including fire ground search, air conservation, self rescue, and firefighter rescue techniques.

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This course is FEMA approved and may also eligible for certification with ProBoard. The scope of this course is to prepare responders to operate as a local member of a regional team within the NIMS at a CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive) WMD event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the failure of a building constructed of wood, masonry, or pre-fabricated light metal materials. This course is extensively hands-on and prepares the student to operate safely and efficiently at a building collapse incident involving WMD. It offers practice in cutting, breaching, lifting, stabilizing, searching, shoring, packaging, and removing victims from a simulated collapse environment. This course is intense and physically demanding, but the competence and confidence that is gained is worth the sweat that is lost.

 

NOTE:

Fire department members that intend to seek Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification in Structural Collapse Operations, may require completion of other certification requirements or courses (eg. Technical Rescue Awareness, Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations, NIMS etc.)  prior to submission of OSFM paper work. Please refer to the OSFM site or contact OSFM directly for specific details and information.

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The scope of this course is to prepare responders to operate as a local member of a regional team within the NIMS at a CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive) WMD event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the failure of a building constructed of steel, concrete, or masonry. This course is extensively hands-on and prepares the student to operate safely and efficiently at a building collapse incident involving WMD. It offers practice in cutting, breaching, lifting, stabilizing, searching, shoring, packaging, and removing victims from a simulated collapse environment. This course is intense and physically demanding, but the competence and confidence that is gained is worth the sweat that is lost.

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The scope of this 9-hour course is to begin to prepare local responders to operate as a local member of a regional team within the National Incident Management System at a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive (CBRNE) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the need for a technical rescue. This course is for the basic first-in company. It will provide first responders with the information needed to identify the rescue situation, its specific hazards, and the initial company operations to be performed. Subject areas include: standards, structural collapse rescue, rope rescue, confined space rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue, water and ice rescue, and wilderness search. 

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This 1-2 hour virtual course is designed for the firefighter with more than one year of experience; however, students of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. The material will give students a basic understanding of Thermal Imaging Cameras. Students will become familiar with the thermal imaging camera application and operations, including departmental SOGs for camera usage. The class includes how a thermal camera operates, situations where a camera can assist the firefighter, plus situations where a camera may not be reliable. The course can be tailored to your departments needs to include only a lecture/overview, or lecture with drills. NOTE: Protective Clothing Required -- Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, SCBA and boots for this class if a live fire or smoke drill is arranged as a component. This course is delivered at local fire departments

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These classes are held via a Zoom online classroom. Instructions for joining the class will be emailed to you upon registration. Please access the program via the online classroom link for optimum experience. You will miss out on this media rich program when using the dial-in method.

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Mon, Jul 6 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Sat, Jul 11 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Traffic Management Incident - Awareness online is a free self-directed course that students can study at their own pace and at times convenient for them. The course includes an introduction followed by four learning modules. The course is designed so that students take each of the modules in a specific order.

Upon completion, students are directed to finish a final assessment. Students will be provided with results immediately. Upon successful completion of the assessment students can print their course completion certificate with download instructions provided at the end of the class.

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This 3 day program is designed for firefighters seeking to improve their knowledge of truck company operations regardless if their department has an aerial apparatus. This course is ideal for firefighters assigned to a truck company. Firefighters will learn the fundamental concepts of truck company operations, apparatus positioning, forcible entry, ground laddering considerations, VES, search strategies and tactics, victim removal procedures, ventilation, and overhaul operations. This course is intended for experienced firefighters with a minimum of three (3) years with a fire department.

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