This Cornerstone version introduces students to the basic engine company operations. 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. This course includes a classroom component and can be customized to include numerous drills. These can include hose loads, establishing water supply advancing lines through a variety of objectives including stairways, ground level and basement deployment if available are skills vital to the engine company. The course also covers engine company responsibilities with regard to rescue and other tactical priorities are presented and practiced.
This class provides an understanding of construction types from fire resistive materials such as brick, block, concrete and steel, to wood frame structures. These typical single family and multifamily residential or business occupancies may be balloon frame, “stick built” with full dimensional lumber, or engineered components. The structural members of floor and roof systems are discussed as they relate to their intended purpose and what they do under live and dead loads while under the stress of fire and suppression activities. Openings such as windows, doors, skylights and ventilation shafts are discussed as they relate to the firefighting, search and rescue profile.
This course is a provocative and moving presentation by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, through the Everyone Goes Home® Program, that is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as a normal occurrence.
Building on the untold story of line of duty death survivors, it reveals how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death. This presentation provides a focus on the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line of duty deaths. The central theme promotes the courage to do the right thing in order to protect yourself and other firefighters and ensure that “Everyone Goes Home” at the end of the day.
Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations, avoiding needless risks and tragic
The program promotes the courage to do the right thing in order to protect firefighters from illness, injury or Line of Duty Death So that Everyone Goes Home®. The presentation examines Line of Duty Deaths both at the state and national level.
In addition, it conveys the untold story of LODD survivors in an attempt to expose the participants to a significant emotional event to promote change and provide them the insight and tools to embark upon change.
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.
This four hour course will provide first responders in any stage of their career with the necessary tools to remain resilient to the stressors that come with the job as well as stress from off the job. Focusing on cutting-edge science, students will see how stress can damage the brain, and also how the brain can recover from this damage. Students will also increase their understanding of how stress and mental health impact not just the brain, but the entire body. Behaviors and mindsets will be presented that will help students to care for themselves as well as support their families at home and at work. First responder resiliency matters, and this course seeks to remove the stigma surrounding the discussion of mental health, trauma, and suicide. Facilitated group discussions will create open dialogues where students can share what has worked well for them and address areas where improvements could be made.
The scope of this course is to prepare local responders to operate as a local member of a regional team within NIMS at an event requiring a statewide response that has resulted in the need for low or high angle rescue. This course provides personnel with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform rescues using rope systems. The class will cover the use of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, patient packaging self-rescue and vertical rescue litter handling techniques. Special consideration will be given to the policies of standard-making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others.
Fire department members that intend to seek Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification in Rope Operations, may require completion of other certification requirements. Please refer to the OSFM site or contact OSFM directly for specific details and information.
Each day firefighters respond to so called “Routine Emergencies”. As we all know, these are truly not routine emergencies. In fact, many firefighter injuries and fatalities occur at so called routine emergencies. We all know that a large percentage of firefighters are volunteer and paid-on call. Departments are experiencing member turnover at an ever increasing rate. That said, new firefighters are being asked to respond and in many cases act as officers making decisions what will affect the well-being of their company. This training program has been created to present short segments that identify considerations that firefighters encounter at Routine Emergencies. The intent of the program is to engage firefighters in dialog so they can identify the best practices for handling different emergencies.
This practical class brings students together with mutual aid association partners to provide water and adequate fire streams in areas where little water exists. Participants will learn the intricacies of tender (tanker) shuttles, relay-pumping operations, drafting, and other methods to provide sufficient water for fire attacks, whether offensive or defensive in nature. The class can be customized to improve Insurance Service Office rural water supply classification. Static water supplies such as lakes, streams, or swimming pools using floating strainers are options to supply multiple tenders, port-a-tanks and engines. Personnel will be comfortable in supply water “out of town” on completion of the class. Note: Engines and Tenders must be supplied locally.
The State of Illinois Traffic Incident Management course is designed for First Responders who may be called to operate at traffic incidents. This course will teach First Responders how to operate in a safe and coordinated manner with other responder agencies to quickly clear traffic incidents from the roadway. Students will learn the need for proper Traffic Incident Management, how to establish a Traffic Incident Management Area, safe positioning of response vehicles, scene safety, and how to demobilize a Traffic Incident Management Area.
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.
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.