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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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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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The Autism Awareness program was developed by IFSI in partnership with the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal. It was created in response to the need for responders to be aware of how a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder may respond differently during emergency situations. The program is focused on emergency situations and keeping both the person with ASD and the responder as safe as possible. It is not all inclusive as there is much more to learn about Autism than can be practically presented here, so information is included at the end of the presentation on how to get additional information. The program was researched, drafted, peer-reviewed by persons who live and/or work with persons with Autism and other ASDs on a regular basis, and then adapted for online presentation. Once you register, you will receive an email providing directions on how to access and take the course. This is a self-paced course. Upon completion you will be provided directions on how to print your certificate. This program is approved for one hour of EMS Continuing Education from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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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 (includes tuition, books, and student helmet).

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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 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. Module Subjects are as Follows: Module A: Orientation/Organization - Fire Behavior - Safety - Building Construction - Communications -SCBA - Ropes and Knots - Portable Extinguishers Module B: Apparatus Familiarization - Ladders - Fire Hose/Appliances - Nozzles and Streams - Water Supply - Forcible Entry - Ventilation Module C: Search and Rescue - Fire Control - Loss Control - Preserving Evidence - Fire Detection/Alarms - Wildland Firefighting - Firefighter Survival - Fire Prevention/Public Education 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 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.

Module Subjects are as Follows:

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

Module B: Apparatus Familiarization - Ladders - Fire Hose/Appliances - Nozzles and Streams - Water Supply - Forcible Entry - Ventilation

Module C: Search and Rescue - Fire Control - Loss Control - Preserving Evidence - Fire Detection/Alarms - Wildland Firefighting - Firefighter Survival - Fire Prevention/Public Education

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 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.

Module Subjects are as Follows:

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

Module B: Apparatus Familiarization - Ladders - Fire Hose/Appliances - Nozzles and Streams - Water Supply - Forcible Entry - Ventilation

Module C: Search and Rescue - Fire Control - Loss Control - Preserving Evidence - Fire Detection/Alarms - Wildland Firefighting - Firefighter Survival - Fire Prevention/Public Education

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

Hazardous Materials Awareness is required to complete the Certified Fire Fighter II Module C.  This can be provided through the Online Course offered through IFSI or by contacting the Hazardous Materials Office at IFSI for a list of IEMA & OSFM certified instructors in your area.

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This 5-day course is activity intensive and designed to better prepare emergency response personnel to manage large, complex incidents effectively by using the functional components of the Incident Command System. The focus of the course is to enhance the skills necessary to operate as a team in various Command and General Staff positions and to promote a better understanding of team operations through application during various simulations.

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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 local 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 need for a permit required confined space rescue. Confined Space Rescue Operations course has been designed in accordance with NFPA 1670 Standard On Operations and Training For Technical Rescue Incidents, 1999 edition. The class covers the federal and state regulations, use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring, commercial entry and retrieval systems, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Special emphasis will be given to rescuer safety, scene management, patient care and movement, and the construction and operation of retrieval systems. Simulated rescue evolutions involving various rescue problems will be conducted.

 

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Fire department members that intend to seek Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification in Confined Space 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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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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The Ebola virus is contagious and often fatal disease. Care is needed when coming in contact with a potential or know patient exhibiting the symptoms of the Ebola virus. Now is the time to prepare. This training course will provide you with information on the Ebola virus. It will move on to provide you with information the patient signs and symptoms. Patient assessment and treatment is next discussed. Infectious Disease Control is covered followed by the proper selection and use of Personal Protective clothing (PPE). You will be provided with the latest guidance for Decontamination. We have provided resources to help you keep up to date with this dynamic situation. This is a self-paced course. Once you register, you will receive an email providing directions on how to access and take the course. Upon completion you will be provided directions on how to print your certificate.

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This program is designed for firefighters who are primarily assigned to, or respond as members of an Engine Company. The program offers firefighters 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. This program is an intensive hands-on program, and includes opportunities to select and evaluate a variety of differing hose loads and line advancement techniques. Instructors for this class are brought in from a variety of departments, seeking to bring differing geographical solutions to the table for a variety of fireground evolutions.

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The IFSI Ethanol Awareness Online course is designed to give you a basic understanding of the emerging ethanol industry. While you may not have an ethanol plant in your jurisdiction, ethanol (E-95 and E-85) is becoming the number one hazardous material being transported today. 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 fire fighting considerations and procedures.

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The Fire Apparatus Engineer course is designed for firefighters who are assigned to or may be 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 Fire Apparatus Engineer will generate effective fire streams from hydrants, relay operations, and drafting from static sources.  Hydraulic 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

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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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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.

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The Origin & Cause Awareness class presents an overview of the needs and requirements to conduct fire scene investigations. The course specifically provides a clear definition of the role of initial responder organizations and provides essential knowledge to enable them to recognize possible causes of fire. Topics include recognizing an intentionally set fire, preserving evidence, and properly reporting information to appropriate officials.

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This course is designed for firefighters pursuing a Fire Officer I certification or seeking a quality fire prevention foundation. The course is designed to train and equip students in the introductory areas of fire prevention; including fire inspection, fire investigation and public education activities.

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The Fire Service Vehicle Operator course is designed for Firefighters or Engineers who are assigned, or may be assigned, to operate fire department apparatus safely in the normal course of their duties. This course is also designed for Officers who are responsible for the administration of vehicle operations. This course covers common driving hazards, vehicle maintenance and inspections, and driver’s training. This course, when combined with an AHJ provided driving portion, lets the student complete OSFM certification. IFSI does not offer the driving portion of this course.

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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 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 is the first module of three 40-hour classes designed as the foundational level of education and training for fire and arson investigators. The program meets the Job Performance Requirements of NFPA 1033 “Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.” The investigation program includes comprehensive courses covering multiple topics and requiring significant student participation, reading and homework activity. Module 1 includes the following topics: Basic fire science, fire patterns, building systems, electricity and fire, fuel gas systems, fire related human behavior, legal considerations, safety, sources of information and planning the investigation. The text book included with the course is “Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice.” Primary resources for the program are NFPA 921 “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” and “Kirks Fire Investigation.” The practical requirement for the class is a “burn cell” demonstration and investigation. Modules I & II of the program must be taken consecutively. Firefighting gear is not required for the class but old clothes, gloves and work boots are recommended for the practical activity. Students are encouraged to bring personal cameras for use in the practical activity. The text book and NFPA 921 is provided with the program for students to keep and will be distributed the first day of class. These books are utilized for all three modules and students should be sure to bring them to Modules 2 & 3. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.

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This is the second module of three 40-hour classes designed as the foundational level of education and training for fire and arson investigators. The program meets the Job Performance Requirements of NFPA 1033 “Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.” The investigation program includes comprehensive courses covering multiple topics and requiring significant student participation, reading and homework activity. Module II includes the following topics: Documentation of the investigation, physical evidence, origin & cause determination, analyzing the incident for cause and responsibility, failure analysis and analytical tools, explosions and incendiary fires. The text book included with the course is “Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice.” Primary resources for the program are NFPA 921 “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” and “Kirk’s Fire Investigation.” The practical requirements for the class are individual and group investigations of a structured fire scene scenario. Module II must be taken consecutively with Module I. Firefighting gear is not required for the class but old clothes, gloves and work boots are recommended for the practical activity. Students are encouraged to bring personal cameras for the practical activity. The text book and NFPA 921 was provided the first day of Module 1 and should be brought to Modules 2. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.

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This is the third module of three 40-hour classes designed as the foundational level of education and training for fire and arson investigators. The program meets the Job Performance Requirements of NFPA 1033 “Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.” The investigation program includes comprehensive courses covering multiple topics and requiring significant student participation, reading and homework activity. Module III includes the following topics: Fire and explosion deaths and injuries, appliances, motor vehicle fires, wild fire investigations, management of complex investigations and marine fire investigations. The text book included with the course is “Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice.” Primary resources for the program are NFPA 921 “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” and “Kirk’s Fire Investigation.” The practical requirements for the class are individual and group investigations of instructor designed vehicle fires. Students must successfully complete Modules I & II in order to attend Module III. Firefighting gear is not required for the class but old clothes, gloves and work boots are recommended for the practical activity. Students are encouraged to bring personal cameras for the practical activity. The text book and NFPA 921 was provided the first day of Module 1 and should be brought to Module 3. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.

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The Challenge Exam for the NFPA Firefighter I level is designed to give experienced firefighters the opportunity to obtain national certification.  Evaluations including a written exam and multiple skill stations will be conducted over 2 days.  Upon successful completion of this objective process, national certification is awarded to the candidate, and the candidate’s name will be entered in the IFSAC and Pro Board registry.

 

Written Test:  There is a 100-question written exam.  Candidates are given one attempt.  Additional attempts at the written exam can be scheduled at a regional test site at a later date.  There will be an additional fee for written exam retakes.

 

Skills Testing: 19 skills are evaluated: 12 mandatory skills and 7 randomly chosen skills are assessed.  Skills are referenced to NFPA 1001 JPRs.   Some of these skills involve live-fire evolutions.  Candidates are given two attempts at each skill.

 

Reading Reference Texts

  • Written tests are referenced to
    • NFPA 1001 – Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2013 Ed Firefighter-I JPRs. 
    • Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 6th Edition. IFSTA, Fire Protection Publications, 2013.

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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 class provides an overview of farm fires and brings together strategies, tactics, operations and water supply logistics.  Today, rural fire departments can extinguish most farm fires.  Emphasizing pre-planning, thinking "beyond your own back yard" and encouraging joint training and practice rural fires can have successful outcomes.  The class covers response capabilities, strengths and weaknesses of the department, as well as considerations for farm fires in buildings, areas involving common farm chemicals, machinery, fields, and/or crops.
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This is a self directed/ self paced course. Upon registration you will be given directions on how to access and complete the course. After completing the16 learning modules you will take a final quiz. After successfully passing the exam you will be able to print your certificate.

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The Flammable Liquids by Rail Awareness class will introduce students to the recent increase in crude oil shipments by rail. This course will cover the basic chemical and physical properties of the types of crude being transported. In addition, we will discuss basic railcar design features, unit vs. manifest trains, common railroad terminology, and techniques for contacting and working with the railroad. The course will touch on tactics and strategies for handling crude oil train derailments, but will not teach the student how to employ these tactics. Lastly, the course will look at case studies of recent crude train
derailments and discuss lessons learned.

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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 offers the traditional Hazmat Awareness and Operations content in a blend of 8 weeks of online instruction and 2 hands-on skills sessions.  During that time, student will have weekly online studies including online presentations, videos, student activities, chat sessions, and weekly quizzes.  Students will have live interaction with an IFSI Hazmat instructor via the online classroom page.  They will also be provided with detailed skill sheets, to be completed at their own fire department, before the hands-on skills sessions.  Students use these sheets to become proficient in basic skills prior to the practical sessions. 

 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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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 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.


Instructor I 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 11 subjects under the close direction of an instructor. The practical portion of the course will be administered in two sessions at a regional location assigned to the class. The final examination will be administered as part of the second practical day.

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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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The Management III course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, who is in charge of multiple fire companies or stations, with information and skills in officer supervision and administrative functions. Subject areas covered will include: planning and decision-making, finance and budgeting, risk management, public relations and the news media.

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The Management IV course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, who is in charge of multiple fire companies or stations, with information and skills in personnel management.

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This course introduces students to new technologies not encountered in the past that can impact rescue efforts. Topics covered include hybrid or electric driven vehicles, alternative fuel systems, dangerous drive train components, hazardous mechanical and hydraulic systems, plus more. Rescue challenges associated with air bags and their deployment and detonation systems, pre-tension systems and other passive restraint devices throughout the passenger compartment are also discussed. Methods of construction, vehicle body components and their materials of construction offer challenges not found at accident scenes in the past. The course is a recommended follow-up class to the Basic Auto Extrication course.

 

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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 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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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.

 

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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 Tactics & Strategy I course is designed for the Fire Officer who is responsible for commanding one to two companies at the fire or emergency scene, such as Company Officers and Chief Officers of small fire departments. Subject areas which will be covered are: company officer leadership, safety, pre-fire planning, fire behavior, building construction, fire fighting tactics, engine company and truck company operations, RIT officer, and tactical exercises.

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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. 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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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 24-hour program is designed for firefighters who are primarily assigned to, or respond as, members of a Truck or Ladder Company. The program offers firefighters an opportunity to either sharpen their current skills or learn new and efficient skills for all the various tasks required of truck company members. This program is an intensive hands-on program, and includes training responses to structural fires to provide an opportunity to experience the role of the truck company at a fire. Topics include riding assignments and personnel deployment, ground ladders, aerial device tactical considerations and spotting, forcible entry for residential and commercial construction, including the use of hand, power, and hydraulic tools, proper horizontal and vertical ventilation, fireground search and rescue, salvage, and overhaul.

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The Vehicle and Machinery Operations course is designed to acquaint the student with techniques used in Auto Extrication. More specifically the student will become familiar with the different classifications and characteristics of vehicles and machines. Students will also become familiar with the different tools used in extrication, stabilization of the vehicle/machine,disentanglement of the patient(s), and initiating patient care. The student will become familiar with initiating the Incident Command System and how to terminate the incident when finished. The majority of the course will be spent working on the various skills/techniques each student will learn during this course.

 

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Fire department members that intend to seek Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification in Vehicle Machinery 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.

 

 

http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/Fire-Service/Certification

 

http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/Fire-Service/Certification/Certification-Prerequisite-Chart

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The ventilation class includes the reasons for, and advantages and disadvantages of the different types of ventilation as they relate to building construction and procedures. Students will review fire behavior as it relates to building construction and its relationship with fuel load, occupancy type and its place in the list of tactical priorities. From jalousie to double hung, from gambrel to four – twelve pitch, the window types and roof styles have an affect on the ventilation operation. The recognition of signs and methods of preventing potential backdrafts and flashovers is an important part of the class. Advantages and disadvantages of vertical, horizontal and forced ventilation are discussed and practiced when possible at the local level.

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This two-day course is based on the requirements of NFPA Standard 1035 pertaining to the Youth Firesetting Intervention Specialist Level I. This course empowers students with a broad understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities the Youth Firesetting Intervention Specialist I should have for a dynamic intervention program.  Topics include: The extent of the youth firesetting problem and justification for local youth firesetting prevention and intervention programs, Examination of the typologies of firesetting and the motivation behind firesetting behaviors, Identification, intake, screening, disposition, and follow-up. Youth firesetting educational interventions. This course is for the practitioner who provides services at the program delivery level.

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