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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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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.

The Active Shooter Incident Management (ASIM) Basic course is an introductory 8-hour performance level direct delivery course designed to improve incident management and integration of law enforcement, fire and EMS responders to active shooter events. The course provides a model framework for use by law enforcement, fire and EMS to manage active shooter event response to improve time to threat neutralization, medical intervention, and survivability of casualties. The framework utilizes the Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist™, a validated active shooter event response checklist integrating best practices guided by principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), and Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response (ALERRT). The course is an awareness course to provide participants with functional knowledge of a basic complexity Active Shooter Event, as compared to the ASIM Advanced curriculum which provides participants with knowledge of Basic through Moderate Complexity events and Complex Coordinated Attacks (CCAs).

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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.

In addition to the basic skills that are taught, firefighters are taught how to thrive in their profession. This is accomplished through health and wellness education from a holistic standpoint that has a focus on physical, as well as, mental health and healthy lifestyles for firefighters.

This course will also provide first responders with the knowledge and skills to understand what hazardous substances are and the risk 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 Response Guidebook; realize the need for additional resources, call for appropriate assistance, and to make appropriate notifications to the community. This portion of the course meets all applicable national and state standards, as well, as all statutory requirements for hazardous materials awareness level training. 

Lastly, the Fire Academy will provide education in Technical Rescue Awareness.  This subject area will 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. Subject areas include: standards, structural collapse rescue, rope rescue, confined space rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue, water and ice rescue, wilderness search and rescue, trench and excavation rescue, and incidents involving WMD. 

This subject matter is designed for the basic first-in company and will provide first responders with the information needed to identify the rescue situation, its specific hazards, and the initial company operations to be performed.

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This course is designed to train individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of the release in order to plug, patch, or otherwise stop the release of the hazardous substance. The course covers: implementation of the employer’s emergency response plan, classification and identification of unknown materials using field survey instruments, functioning within the Incident Command System, selection and use of specialized chemical protective equipment, hazard and risk assessment techniques, performing advanced product control operations, implementation of decontamination procedures, understanding proper termination procedures, and understanding basic chemical and toxicological terminology. This course meets or exceeds the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q) for Hazardous Materials Technician Training. It is intended for industrial and private response teams, who in their normal course of duty would be responsible for responding to a release of a known product. This course does not meet all of the requirements of NFPA 472 and thus is not intended for public safety agencies (ie. fire, police, military, etc).

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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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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.

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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.

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This course offers the traditional Rope Rescue Operations content in a “Blended”, 5 week delivery format. During that time, students will have weekly online studies including viewing online presentations, chat sessions, student activities, and quizzes. This course offers the student weekly live interactivity with their instructor via the online classroom page. Students are also provided with presentations that have step-by step directions on how to perform rope rescue skills. Students use this instruction to practice and become proficient prior to the practical session conducted on the final weekend of the course. Students shall evaluate their health and physical abilities before considering this course. This SWMD course is approved by FEMA, ProBoard, and OSFM. 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 low-angle rescue. This course provides those 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, and patient packaging. Special consideration will be given to the policies of standard-making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others.

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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 high-angle rescue. This course provides those 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, and patient packaging. Special consideration will be given to the policies of standard-making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others.

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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 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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Before the 9/11 attacks, Incident Command System (ICS) training was exercised nearly exclusively on fire-based incidents.  Recognizing the applicability and sincere need for National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles across incident response disciplines, an “all-hazards” approach to training will be embraced in this course. 

With an “all-hazards” approach, this course will focus on how a Finance/Administration Section Chief (FSC) needs to fundamentally possess the same core knowledge, skills, and abilities whether they are responding to a fire, an oil spill, a mass-casualty incident, or another incident. In other words, regardless of the hazard, discipline, or incident, the essential job of an FSC is the same.

This course uses lecture, discussion, student participation, and activities to focus on understanding the behaviors, duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective FSC on a Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).

The intended audience(s) are federal, state, tribal, and/or local level emergency responders who may be designated as a Finance/Administration on their local or state Incident Management Team (IMT). The materials were developed with the assumption that audience members may have little or no actual experience as a member of an AHIMT.

The audience may include students from a variety of agencies and functional disciplines, including fire service, law enforcement, emergency management, public works departments, as well as public health organizations, medical emergency teams, and hospitals.

NIMS ICS specific training should be completed by personnel who are regularly required assigned to function under the Incident Command System (ICS), by personnel who may be called upon to function in a Command, Staff, or Unit Leader position on a Type III or IV AHIMT, or by those persons who desire to seek credentials/certification in those positions.

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Before the 9/11 attacks, Incident Command System (ICS) training was exercised nearly exclusively on fire-based incidents. Recognizing the applicability and sincere need for National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles across incident response disciplines, an “all-hazards” approach to training will be embraced in this course.


With an “all-hazards” approach, this course will focus on how an Incident Commander (IC) needs to fundamentally possess the same core knowledge, skills, and abilities whether they are responding to a fire, an oil spill, a masscasualty incident, or another incident. In other words, regardless of the hazard, discipline, or incident, the essential job of an IC is the same.


This course uses lecture, discussion, student participation, and activities to focus on understanding the behaviors, duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective IC on a Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).

The intended audience(s) are federal, state, tribal, and/or local level emergency responders who may be designated as an Incident Commander on their local or state IMT. The materials were developed with the assumption that audience members may have little or no actual experience as a member of an AHIMT.


The audience may include students from a variety of agencies and functional disciplines, including fire service, law enforcement, emergency management, public works departments, as well as public health organizations, medical emergency teams, and hospitals.


NIMS ICS specific training should be completed by personnel who are regularly required assigned to function under the Incident Command System (ICS), by personnel who may be called upon to function in a Command, Staff, or Unit Leader position on a Type III or IV AHIMT, or by those persons who desire to seek credentials/certification in those positions.

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The goal of this course is to provide local and state-level emergency responders with an overview of key duties and responsibilities of a Liaison Officer Type III in a Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).

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Before the 9/11 attacks, ICS training was exercised nearly exclusively on fire-based incidents. Recognizing the applicability and sincere need for NIMS principles across incident response disciplines, an “all-hazards” approach to training will be embraced in this course.


With an “all-hazards” approach, this course will focus on how a Logistics Section Chief (LSC) needs to fundamentally possess the same core knowledge, skills, and abilities whether they are responding to a fire, an oil spill, a mass-casualty incident, or another incident. In other words, regardless of the hazard, discipline, or incident, the essential job of an LSC is the same.


This course uses lecture, discussion, student participation, and activities to focus on understanding the behaviors, duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective LSC on a Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).


The intended audience(s) Federal, state, tribal, and/or local level emergency responders who may be designated as an LSC on their local or state Incident Management Team (IMT). The materials were developed with the assumption that audience members may have little or no actual experience as a member of an AHIMT.


The audience may include students from a variety of agencies and functional disciplines, including fire service, law enforcement, emergency management, public works departments, as well as public health organizations, medical emergency teams, and hospitals.


NIMS ICS specific training should be completed by personnel who are regularly assigned to function on a Type 3 AHIMT or by those persons who desire to seek credentials/certification in those positions.

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This course addresses the responsibilities of an Operations Section Chief to ensure the maintenance of continuity and safety of on-site responders and the public.  The course will allow students to hone their preexisting skillsets in communication and staff functions for a local Incident Management Team (IMT). Lecture-discussion, quizzes, multiple hands-on activities have been designed to enable students to learn, practice, and demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.  Activity logs, check-in lists, Position Task Books, and breakout sessions, have been created and/or inherited to the course in order to provide learners with various methods of learning that will enhance their understanding of the roles and functions of an Operations Section Chief

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This course is designed for a PIO assigned to an incident as a member of an All-Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMT), Local IMTs, as well as for the PIO assigned to an incident as an assistant PIO in a variety of capacities. This course will help students develop a strong set of core PIO skills and the ability to apply them within the context of an AHIMT. This course is also distinct from other information function courses in that it combines elements from both the basic and advanced function to concentrate training on the fundamental duties and responsibilities of PIO in an all-hazard environment. The course material does not assume or require experience as a PIO, but also is not a basic PIO course. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable students to process and apply their new knowledge. NIMS ICS Position Specific training should be completed by personnel who are regularly assigned to functional, support, or unit leader positions on USFA or other Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), or by those persons who desire to seek credentials/certification in those positions.

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This course is designed to provide local and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective SOFR on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team. These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) responding to the incident and the safety needs of the incident, and 2) effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of a Safety Officer on an All-Hazards IMT. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable students to process and apply their new knowledge. NIMS ICS Position Specific training should be completed by personnel who are regularly assigned to functional, support, or unit leader positions on USFA or other Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), or by those persons who desire to seek credentials/certification in those positions.

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This course is to provide a general understanding of autism and the key processes necessary to work with children and adults on the autism spectrum. Autism awareness helps explain and identify the signs of autism and understand how to support someone with autism in an emergency setting.  Autism Awareness is designed for first responders and provides assessment techniques, proven intervention strategies, and best practices.

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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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IFSI EMS Continuing Education provides the platform for "self paced" learning. The intent of "on demand" programming is to deliver quality education to the various pre-hospital emergency medical professionals levels at their pace. The program is designed to be easily accessible as well as a long-term resource for organizations. Our platform allows organizations and individuals to receive the finest online training available and keep it into their daily routine.

Course Objectives:
• Describe stroke risk factors and disease process
• Describe stroke symptoms and common stroke mimics
• Describe first responder/emergency medical services: clinical assessments for acute stroke
• Describe first responder/emergency medical services: interventions for acute stroke

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This is the first class of a series laying the foundation for basic fire fighting skills and "hands on" activities of a first responder. Beginning with personal safety, fire behavior, the hands-on fundamentals of utilizing self contained breathing apparatus, ladder raising and climbing skills as well as hose loads and advances. A portion of class will deal with the rudimentary principles of pumping apparatus for the purpose of maintaining an adequate fire stream. Although thorough in its scope, this should be considered a starting point for departments with a young and inexperienced roster. A great class for the veterans to refresh their skills and mentor the new firefighters on the department rolls. 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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This one-day "Down and Dirty" Fire Service Youth training activity introduces youth to hands-on firefighting skills. Delivered with IFSI instructor supervision, the class focuses on the same basic firefighting skills that are provided in the IFSI Cornerstone Training program, including hose and appliances, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Fire Behavior, Search and Rescue, Ladders, and using hand tools. The Explorers and Fire Cadets will be exposed to the value of teamwork, leadership, and followership.

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This course is designed for emergency first responders.  First responders are those who respond in the event of a 911 emergency response.  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, securing, packaging, and moving the victim. Improvised mechanical advantage systems, high point anchors, and retrieval systems will be demonstrated. The class also covers safe patient assessment, stabilization, protection and packaging, plus removal as a part of rescue simulations. 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 member of a rescue team conducting rescue and entry operations at a grain storage facility.  Note: this course is specifically designed and targeted only for entry into grain bins.  Training and entry into other confined spaces are covered in other courses.

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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 Hazardous Materials Technician Level Response. The objectives of this evolution come directly from the IFSI Hazmat Technician A & B programs, as well as NFPA 472. This course covers a review of standard formal decontamination techniques, dry decon, and radiological decon.

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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 Hazardous Materials Technician Level Response. The objectives of this evolution come directly from the IFSI Hazmat Technician A & B programs, as well as NFPA 472. This course covers a review of radiological emergencies and decontamination, as well as practical exercises to determine the presence and amount of radiation present.

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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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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 16-hour 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) event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the exposure to a hazardous material. During this course the students will demonstrate the individual skills necessary to direct and coordinate all aspects of a hazardous materials incident; implement the incident management system; simulate an activation of the emergency response plan, state and federal regional response plans; show knowledge and understanding of the importance of decontamination procedures; demonstrate an understanding of hazards associated with employees working in chemical protective clothing; analyze a hazardous materials incident, set objectives, identify potential action plans, evaluate the planned response, documentation, and complete the final termination requirements.

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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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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 Hazardous Materials Technician Level Response. The objectives of this evolution come directly from the IFSI Hazmat Technician A & B programs, as well as NFPA 472. This course will review the concepts of information and intelligence gathering, as well as performing recon of hazmat and other rescue scenarios.

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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 Hazardous Materials Technician Level Response. The objectives of this evolution come directly from the IFSI Hazmat Technician A & B programs, as well as NFPA 472. This course covers a review of standard and MABAS issued monitoring equipment, common monitoring techniques, and field maintenance and testing procedures.

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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 Hazardous Materials Technician Level Response. The objectives of this evolution come directly from the IFSI Hazmat Technician A & B programs, as well as NFPA 472. This course covers a review of suit selection (using both hard copy and online resources), as well as exercises using both Level A and B PPE.

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This course is designed to provide local and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective ISO on an Industrial Incident Management Team. These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) responding to the incident and the safety needs of the incident, and 2) effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of a Safety Officer. Exercises, simulations, and discussions enable students to process and apply their new knowledge.

 

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This class is being designed to bring operations level information to Illinois emergency first responders in the area of large animal rescue. Responders include but are not limited to members for fire, police, EMS, sheriff departments, DNR and Forest Preserve Officers. Large animals will include but are not limited to horses, cows, pigs, sheep, lamas and alpacas; however the horse and cow will be used as the teaching model.  The course will cover the following subjects: classroom review of L.A.R.A. information, Animal haltering drills, and basic rescue drags drills, rescue glide drills, trailer safety inspections, simple vertical lifts drills, and mud rescue drills. The information and techniques learned are then applied to a full scale response scenario.

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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. This course is delivered at local fire departments

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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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The School Safety and Violent Event Incident Management (SSAVEIM) course is a 8-hour performance level direct delivery course designed to improve incident management and response integration of school personnel and emergency responders (law enforcement, fire, EMS) to violent events in schools. The course provides a model framework for use by school personnel, law enforcement, fire, and EMS to manage violent event response to improve time to threat neutralization, medical intervention, survivability of victims, and reunification of students with parents.

The framework utilizes the Standard Response Protocol, the Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist, and the Standard Reunification Method integrating best practices guided by principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

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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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This course is FEMA approved and may also eligible for certification with ProBoard. The scope of this 8-hour course is to begin to prepare local responders to operate as a local member of a fire department. 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, rope, confined space, trench and excavation, structural collapse, vehicle and machinery, water emergencies, and wilderness search and rescue.

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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 shallow, non-intersecting trench rescue. The Trench Rescue Operations course has been designed in accordance with NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescue Professional Qualifications. This course pertains to trench rescues involving injured or entrapped persons. The class covers the federal and state regulations, use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring, emergency shoring systems, victim excavation, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Special emphasis will be given to rescuer safety and scene evolutions involving various trench rescue problems. Written and practical skills testing will be conducted at the completion of the course.

NOTE:

Fire department members that intend to seek Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification in Trench 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 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 deep intersecting trench rescue. The Trench Rescue Technician course has been designed in accordance with NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescue Professional Qualifications. This course pertains to trench rescues involving injured or entrapped persons. The class covers the federal and state regulations, use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring, emergency shoring systems, victim excavation, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Special emphasis will be given to rescuer safety and scene evolutions involving various trench rescue problems.

 

 

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COVID-19 Update: We have resumed offering this course with several modifications to maximize the safety of our students and instructors (see COVID-19 Safety Notice). Please email illinimedservices@illinois.edu if you have any questions!

 

Intended Audience: 

The American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider (AHA BLS Provider) course is intended for healthcare professionals or students of health professions. Also, it is required for those wanting to volunteer with IEMS as an EMT-B or EMS Aide. 

This level of certification is sufficient to volunteer for IEMS events and is required to be in the EMT Class.

 

Registration and Payment:

Part 1) Registration for the course must be done through the buttons below. Please read the cancellation policy thoroughly prior to registering. 

Part 2) Please fill out this form (https://forms.gle/7tSWu6njr1gLW11n9) to arrange a time to pick up your textbook. Our office is located in the Illini Union Mezzanine (1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801). The AHA requires that all students pick up the textbook 2 weeks before this class. We will not make any exceptions to this rule, and a textbook is required for entry to the class. 

 

The class fee is a total of $55 (This includes the cost of the required textbook, all required equipment, and your certification)

Until further notice, all IEMS classes will take place at the Illinois Fire service Institute (11 Gerty Dr. Champaign, IL 61820).

 

Cancellations:

If you should choose to cancel your CPR class, please email IEMS at illinimedservices@illinois.edu and let us know as soon as possible. IEMS reserves the right to charge for the class in full if you do not notify us in writing at least 24 hours before the class begins or if you fail to pick up the book two weeks in advance. Students who cancel at least 24 hours before the course begins are required to return their textbook (in like-new condition) to the IEMS office within one (1) week of the course to avoid being billed the full value of the book ($16). 

Please note that classes in which less than 4 students are enrolled 24 hours before the course will be rescheduled for a later date; as such, please do not sign up for a course the day before you need your certification.

 

COVID-19 Safety Notice:

All students and instructors will be required to:

- Wear a face-covering upon arrival at class location

- Maintain 6 feet distancing

- Screen themselves for symptoms and temperature at the entrance of the class

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

 

 How will the course be modified?

- Each class will be capped to ensure enough space to socially distance

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

- All equipment will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each student

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

 

Group Classes

Interested in arranging a class for a UIUC department, group, or organization? Contact illinimedservices@illinois.edu.

 

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

 

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COVID-19 Update: We have resumed offering this course with several modifications to maximize the safety of our students and instructors (see COVID-19 Safety Notice). Please email illinimedservices@illinois.edu if you have any questions!

 

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 taking our EMT-B course and work IEMS events as an EMT-B. This certification is sufficient to work as an EMS Aide.

 

We reccomend that individuals take the American Heart Association BLS Provider: In-Person if it is their first time learning CPR as that class offers more hands-on practice and greater repitition and both provide the same certificationThis class is reccomended for individuals recertifying in BLS as it offers flexibility with scheduling. 

 

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 class location

- Maintain 6 feet distancing

- Screen themselves for symptoms and temperature at the entrance of the class

- STAY HOME and RESCHEDULE if experiencing any potential symptoms** of COVID-19 or had recent contact with an infected individual

 

 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.

 

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

 

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 presents a radiological/nuclear WMD overview consisting of ionizing radiation fundamentals, terminology, health effects, and recognition factors.  This information is requisite knowledge for responders performing the interdiction/prevention mission and others who are likely to be the first to arrive at a radiological/nuclear incident.  This fundamental knowledge of ionizing radiation and its effects is vital to responder safety, allowing performance of their mission while keeping the risk as low as reasonably achievable.  

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The Advanced Skills Program expands on the firefighting skills learned in the Basic and Intermediate programs.  Students should have previous experience with live fire training and a compentency of essential skills at or above the intermediate level.  The Advanced Skills Program will challenge even the most experienced Explorer Cadet.  Course topics include high-rise firefighting, transitional attack, compressed air foram system firefighting, railroad firefighting involving boxcars and tank cars, standpipe opeerations and thermal imaging cameras.  Multiple coordinated attack scenarios, using new training props, will provide students with a new and challenging experience.  

Required Gear:  NFPA compliant PPE and SCBA

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This 24-hour class is designed to provide Firefighters with a basic understanding of the design, maintenance, operation, and deployment of aerial apparatus. Students will be introduced to the various types of aerial apparatus and aerial devices that are used in the fire service, the inspection and maintenance of aerial apparatus, safe procedures for stabilization, aerial device operation, and the tactical deployment of aerial devices. Students will participate in drills that require positioning, stabilizing, and operating aerial apparatus and aerial devices. Students will be required to operate aerial apparatus during a final practical.

Below are the classes you must have completed before you can take this class:

  • Illinois Basic Operations Firefighter or NFPA Firefighter I Certification
  • NFPA Driving Skills Attestation

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This course should be completed by personnel who are regularly assigned to functional, support, or unit leader positions on USFA or other Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), or by those persons who desire to seek credentials/certification in those positions. This course addresses all responsibilities appropriate to a Facilities Unit Leader operating in a local or state level All Hazards Incident Management Team. These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) managing the planning cycle and 2) tracking resources and incident status.

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The overall goal of USFA's Incident Management Team (IMT) program is to develop state, regional, and tribal IMTs to function under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) during a large and/or complex incident or a major event. This course is designed for those who are assigned to function in a Type 3 IMT during a large/complex incident, typically extending into multiple operational periods. The Type 3 IMT can either support an existing ICS structure, or can assume command of an incident if requested to do so. The Type 3 IMT can ease the transition to a National IMT for large scale, long duration, or complex incidents. This course is 5 full days in length, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and presents a demanding environment during simulations to create an incident management environment similar in nature to a large scale incident.

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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 class is designed to provide Firefighters with a basic understanding of the design, maintenance, operation, and deployment of aerial apparatus. Students will be introduced to the various types of aerial apparatus and aerial devices that are used in the fire service, the inspection and maintenance of aerial apparatus, safe procedures for stabilization, aerial device operation, and the tactical deployment of aerial devices. Students will participate in drills that require positioning, stabilizing, and operating aerial apparatus and
aerial devices. Adequate time will be allowed to practice on the various types of aerial apparatus made available by the host department.

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This course provides basics hands-on training for fire and rescue personnel in size-up, stabilization, hazard control, patient access, disentanglement and scene control techniques at automobile accidents involving one or two vehicles remaining on their wheels. Emphasis is placed on proper choice, placement and use of equipment available locally. From hand tools such as bars and hack saws, to electric tools such as nibblers and recip saws, to air powered tools like air chisels and impact wrenches, to heavy hydraulic tools – all are employed depending on local capabilities. Arrangements may be made for larger division or county classes to provide a cache of tools for the class. The vehicles used for class are provided by and disposed of by the local fire department. NOTE: Protective Clothing Required -- Participants must furnish approved helmet, fire boots or leather safety boots, eye protection, gloves, coveralls or turnout gear for class. Vehicles for actual extrication exercises must be supplied locally.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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 to complete this course.

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.

***Students will need IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 7th Edition

 

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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 to complete this course.

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.

 

***Students will need IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 7th Edition

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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 to complete this course.

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.

 

***Students will need IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 7th Edition

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The Basic Operations Firefighter course is designed to give new firefighters the practical and cognitive training needed to operate safely and effectively on the fire ground. This course exceeds the requirements outlined by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal for Basic Operations Firefighter training. Upon successful completion, the student will meet Illinois OSFM, ProBoard, and IFSAC NFPA Firefighter I requirements for certification. IFSI Basic Operations Firefighter focuses on an intense classroom and hands–on approach to firefighting, which promotes both skill competency and an understanding of the fire ground. Students complete numerous evolutions, which encourage them to apply their skills to a variety of scenarios.

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The Basic Operations Firefighter is designed to give new firefighters the practical and cognitive training needed to operate safely and effectively on the fire ground. IFSI Basic Operations Firefighter xceeds the Requirements outlined by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal for entry level firefighter training. IFSI Basic Operations Firefighter focuses on an intense classroom and hands-on approach to firefighting, which promotes both skill competency and an understanding of the fire ground. Students complete numerous evolutions, which encourage them to apply their skills to a variety of scenarios.

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

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

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This course is designed for firefighters who are interested in operating the pumps on their fire department. This class uses locally-available apparatus to provide core competencies with pumps and their related controls. Instructors lead discussion on types of pumps, pump controls, establishing water supply from draft and hydrants, establishing relay pumping operations, troubleshooting common problems, and placing lines in service. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a better understanding of how pumping apparatus work.

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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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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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The responsibilities of the first-in truck company will be discussed.  Topics including the deploying, raising, and climbing of ladders will be covered.  Additionally, forcible entry operations, controlling utilities, and ventilation will be included.   Crew members of the first-in truck will need to be proficient working off ladders, performing ladder rescues, using tools off ladders, as well as roof ladder deployment.  During this course, students will review tools available locally for forcible entry, ventilation, and overhaul skills and become familiar with their proper application.  Rounding out instruction, participants will engage in tasks such as hoisting equipment and performing search and rescue tasks.  All students will drill in these essential skills regardless of their respective department’s equipment or lack thereof.

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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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Multiple story, non-fireproof “taxpayers,” strip malls, cellars, warehouse areas and cocklofts - all pose additional risks to firefighters. Topics in the class include building construction features and collapse potential, as well as nozzles and flows for engine operations. The dangers of fires in cocklofts, cellars, and void spaces from years of remodeling are stressed. The class also covers truck company operations work with forcible entry, ventilation, and roof operations with multiple loads not designed for the original architecture. Thermal Imaging Camera, rope assisted large area searches, and team search of open retail outlets are dealt with. Concerns dealing with sprinkler systems, standpipes, and other suppression operations including the operation of aerial and outside master streams are illustrated. 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 if a structure or adequate practical training site is available.

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Company Inspections is a course designed to prepare an individual to conduct basic fire prevention inspections at the company level. The class focuses on the importance of fire prevention as part of the fire service mission and on presenting the activities and skills involved in conducting company-level inspections.

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This 4-hour course is designed for firefighters who are interested in class A foam and compressed air foam systems (CAFS). This course will provide firefighters, pump operators and fire officers with basic knowledge of class A foam and compressed air foam operations. Topics will include class A foam, compressed air foam systems, fire attack utilizing foam, foam system operations, and foam system maintenance. Students will engage in hands-on use of CAFS handlines and CAFS pump operations utilizing IFSI’s CAFS trailer or local CAFS equipped fire apparatus. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have a better understanding of class A and compressed air foam systems and their use for fire attack.

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This course is designed for firefighters who have experience operating fire pumps, someone who has attended IFSI’s Basic Pumps course, or someone wants to review of fire service hydraulics.  In this course the student will learn nozzle pressures for handlines and master stream devices, friction loss for hose and appliances, and the influence of elevation on fire service hydraulics.  Students will be taught how to calculate the proper pump discharge pressures for typical fireground situations.  As time allows, students will utilize local fire apparatus and equipment to practice the skills learned during the course.  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have a better understanding of fire service hydraulics.

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COVID-19 Update: We have resumed offering this course with several modifications to maximize the safety of our students and instructors (see COVID-19 Safety Notice). Please email illinimedservices@illinois.edu if you have any questions!

 

 

Intended Audience:

The ECSI, CPR, AED, and First Aid class is intended for those wanting to learn about basic life-saving skills and techniques to deal with acute emergencies. It covers CPR and AED, as well as First-Aid. First Aid topics include traumatic emergency (bleeding control, splinting, etc.), medical emergency (chest pain, seizure, etc.), or environmental emergency (heatstroke, hypothermia, etc.). Our classes are taught using course materials from the 7th edition (the latest edition) guidelines from the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). 

 

Students will receive an in-depth pocket guide textbook at the beginning of the class to have access to the information after the class. 

 

Registration and Payment:

Registration for the class must be done through the buttons below. The cost of the course is $25 per student.

Upon completion of the course, you will receive an invoice from IFSI. This 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

 

Until further notice, all IEMS classes will take place at the Illinois Fire service Institute (11 Gerty Dr. Champaign, IL 61820).

 

Cancellations:

If you should choose to cancel your CPR class, please e-mail IEMS at illinimedservices@illinois.edu and let us know as soon as possible. IEMS reserves the right to charge for the class if you do not notify us in writing at least 24 hours before the class begins. Please note that classes in which less than 4 students are enrolled 24 hours before the course will be rescheduled for a later date; as such, please do not sign up for a course the day before you need your certification.

 

COVID-19 Safety Notice:

All students and instructors will be required to:

- Wear a face-covering upon arrival at class location

- Maintain 6 feet distancing

- Screen themselves for symptoms and temperature at the entrance of the class

- STAY HOME and RESCHEDULE if experiencing any potential symptoms** of COVID-19 or had recent contact with an infected individual

 

 How will the course be modified?

- Each class will be capped at 6 students to ensure enough space to socially distance

- 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 to simulate

- All procedures (with the exception of CPR) will be performed on oneself to maintain social distancing

 

 

 

Group Classes:

Interested in arranging a class for a UIUC department, group, or organization? Contact illinimedservices@illinois.edu.

 

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IFSI EMS Continuing Education provides the platform for "self paced" learning. The intent of "on demand" programming is to deliver quality education to the various pre-hospital emergency medical professionals levels at their pace. The program is designed to be easily accessible as well as a long-term resource for organizations. Our platform allows organizations and individuals to receive the finest online training available and keep it into their daily routine.


Course Ojectives:

• Review basic anatomy of the cardiovascular system
• Discuss different types of bleeding that may be encountered
• Step-by-step instructions for application of C.A.T. tourniquets, Israeli bandages, and wound packing
• Discuss the use of TXA

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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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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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This class provides the firefighter with a basic understanding of the common types of fire fighting foams (for Class A, Class B, & Polar Solvent fuels), the apparatus and equipment needed to deliver them, and the procedures for setting up and using them effectively. The class also addresses the logistics of large-scale foam operations. Both transportation and storage tank incidents, with and without fire, will be discussed. Pre-planning, emergency operations, and post-incident cleaning and other activities will be discussed. Hands-on practice setting up and operating foam lines is included. Adequate foam for the class size and any environmental impact considerations are the sole responsibility of the host department. 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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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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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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Fire Inspector I is the first required course of the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Basic Fire Prevention Officer certification program. Fire Inspector I is a classroom based 40-hour educational delivery designed to prepare an individual to conduct foundational fire and life safety inspections. The class is structured for those individuals who are pursuing a fire prevention related career or who want to establish a quality understanding of fire inspection related issues.

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This 120 hour class is 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.  The course 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, planning the investigation, 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, 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 “Kirks Fire Investigation.”  The practical requirement for the class will involve outdoor simulated scene work.  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 weeks and students should be sure to bring them to all course sessions. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.

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This 120-hour class is 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. The course 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, planning the investigation, 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, fire and explosion deaths and injuries, appliances, motor vehicle fires, wild fire investigations, management of complex investigations and marine fire investigations. The textbook 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 will involve outdoor simulated scene work. 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 textbook 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 weeks and students should be sure to bring them to all course sessions. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.

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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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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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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 8-hour course is designed for any first responder who could respond to a railroad emergency involving flammable liquids. Any responder with a rail line in their jurisdiction would benefit from this training. Students will have the opportunity to learn more in depth information about flammable liquids shipped by rail and their characteristics. They will receive in depth information on the types of rail road cars used to ship flammable liquids and their construction, safety features, markings and other important characteristics. They will also have the opportunity to participate in hands on evolutions learning how to properly cool rail cars involved in flammable liquid fires. They will be able to learn and practice foam application techniques on rail cars. Upon successful completion of this class, the student will have an increased level of understanding on how to deal with flammable liquid emergencies on the railroads.

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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 is designed to train individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures. The course covers: an understanding of Hazmat laws and regulations, basic hazard and risk assessment techniques, selection and proper use of personal protective equipment, understanding of basic hazmat terms, how to perform basic product control procedures, and implementing basic decontamination procedures.

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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 hand line operations. In this class the student will learn basic skills concerning many types of hose, hose deployment, and uses of hose in different situations. 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 Hands-Only (HO) CPR and AED class is intended for individuals who do not have previous CPR/AED training or want a refresher course. HO CPR is a simplified and effective form of resuscitation which emphasizes the importance of chest compressions. Immediate CPR through chest compressions can double or triple a person's chance of survival, which makes it a vital skill to know. This class covers how to approach an unresponsive person, call for help, initiate CPR, and how to apply and use an AED when one becomes available. This course doesn't give any certification, it is just basic training. 

 

Registration and Payment:

Registration: Organizations or departments interested in creating a group class must email illinimedservices@illinois.edu. After completion of a course agreement, a private class will be set up. Classes typically last ~1 hour. 

 

Payment: The organization or department that sets up the class will be billed through their CFOPAL number for the whole group. The cost is $8/student.

 

Cancellations:

If individuals in the group choose to cancel their participation in the CPR class, please have them e-mail IEMS at illinimedservices@illinois.edu and let us know as soon as possible. IEMS reserves the right to still charge for that person if they do not notify us in writing at least 24 hours before the class begins.

 

 

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This course will provide first responders with the knowledge and skills to: Understand what hazardous substances are and the risk 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 Response Guidebook; Realize the need for additional resources, call for appropriate assistance, and to make appropriate notifications to the community. This course also includes counter-terrorism curriculum.
This course meets NFPA 1072 Standard, 2017 Edition, NFPA 472 Standard, 2013 Edition, and OSHA CFR 29.1910.120 (q). Additionally, it meets the requirements of the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the National Fire Academy.

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This course will provide first responders with the knowledge and skills to: Understand what hazardous substances are and the risk 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 Response Guidebook; Realize the need for additional resources, call for appropriate assistance, and to make appropriate notifications to the community. This course also includes counter-terrorism curriculum.
This course meets NFPA 1072 Standard, 2017 Edition, NFPA 472 Standard, 2013 Edition, and OSHA CFR 29.1910.120 (q). Additionally, it meets the requirements of the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the National Fire Academy.

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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.

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 OSHA CFR 29.1910.120 (q). 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.

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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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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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This course provides Industrial Fire Brigade members a diverse selection of training which can be tailored to address the challenges of the Industry the brigade protects. With its flexible topics, training can include basic firefighting skills, technical rescue training, hazardous materials training or officer level leadership and management courses.  Other topics can be included that closely match the needs of the students.  Highly-trained, experienced and nationally-recognized instructors will come to your facility to simulate incidents students may face while in their home environment.  Students and the organizations they represent will benefit from the tailor-made curriculum that focuses on their specific needs.

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This course provides Industrial Fire Brigade members a diverse selection of training which can be tailored to address the challenges of the Industry the brigade protects. With its flexible topics, training can include basic firefighting skills, technical rescue training, hazardous materials training or officer level leadership and management courses.  Other topics can be included that closely match the needs of the students.  Highly-trained, experienced and nationally-recognized instructors, along with modern props and equipment, allow for quality training that closely simulates incidents students will face in the field.  Students and the organizations they represent will benefit from the tailor-made curriculum that focuses on their specific needs.

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The Intermediate Skills Program is a more complex training experience designed for students who have a comfort in live fire conditions and have achieved a basic understanding of essential firefighting skills.  Course topics include a comprehensive understanding of equipment and tactics for ropes and knots, structural firefighting, auto extricatoin, and emergency medical services.  The Intermediate Skills Program adds the challenge of incidenet decision making and multi task assignments in challenging live fire conditions.  Required gear:  NFPA compliant PPE and SCBA

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This four-hour course is designed to provide training for fire officers of any rank on how to provide support for first responders. Leadership is complex, rewarding and challenging as you are always on and many look to you to make the right move every time. The goal of this course is to provide fire officers with the tools to assist with leading and be able to respond to stressful situations whether it be on the job or off the job. Developed from cutting-edge science, students will see how stress can affect their decisions and their mental health. We also look at how our mental health can improve by understanding what is occurring within ourselves and how we can work to be more resilient.

This interactive class will have you reflecting on how you lead, how at times we don’t always get it right, and how we carry the weight of those decisions, at times, longer than we probably should. Students will be given scenarios so they can respond in their roles as leaders, share their thoughts and reflect on them with more tools in the toolbox going forward. 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.

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This 16-hour course is designed for Firefighters who will be expected to operate mobile water supply apparatus.  Students will learn the basics of mobile water supply operations, fill site establishment, dump site establishment, and the operation of mobile water supply apparatus.  Students will be required to operate mobile water supply apparatus in a mobile water supply operation.

Below are the classes you must have completed before you can take this class:

  • Illinois Fire Service Vehicle Operator Certification or equivalent such as: Class A CDL, Class B CDL, Military Driver’s License for the vehicle being operated, or VFIS Emergency Vehicle Driver Training Certification.

To receive National Certification, you must provide copies of completion of the following prerequisites:

  • Illinois Basic Operations Firefighter or NFPA Firefighter I Certification

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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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This course will empower the learner to identify and mitigate common campus fire and life safety risks, as well as understand the basic components and operation of fire protection and life safety systems.

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This series presents the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) supervisor with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire and EMS environment, to successfully transition to supervisory and leadership roles, and establish a conceptual foundation and framework for success in leadership roles by exploring creative, analytical, political and critical thinking perspectives.

Topics in the course include: adaptive leadership, change management, active followership, effective communication including difficult conversations, advocacy-inquiry based dialogue and persuasion, ethics, authority, power, decision-making assessing situations from multiple perspectives, fostering creativity and innovation, professionalism, resilience, emotional intelligence, situational awareness, managing conflict, delegating, mentoring, coaching, empowerment, and building collaboration and synergy for professional growth.

The course includes the development of a personal plan for active engagement in the provision of leadership in supervision.

This course meets the requirements of the Managing Officer Program for completion of Leadership I, II, and III.

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This course contains training for structural firefighters to close gaps in their knowledge and skill that exist between their current structural skills and the NWCG wildland skills. The purpose of this course is to train structural firefighters in basic wildland firefighter skills.

 

The class fees for this class are being covered by a grant if your department serves a population under 10,000.  If you fail to attend the class or cancel after 4 weeks from the start of the class, you or your sponsoring department may be billed the full tuition of the class.

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This course is designed to provide entry level wildland firefighter skills; including but not limited to basic incident command terminology relative to wildland firefighting positions, basic crew and resource configurations, tools, equipment and fundamental water handling concepts commonly used in wildland suppression operations. An integral part of the training covers safety issues and the mitigation concepts utilized to protect the firefighter in this dangerous environment. The student learns and hones these skills during realistic live fire exercises. Upon successful completion of this class, the student will walk away with an increased level of basic wildland firefighter competencies.

 

The class fees for this class are being covered by a grant if your department serves a population under 10,000.  If you fail to attend the class or cancel after 4 weeks from the start of the class, you or your sponsoring department may be billed the full tuition of the class.

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Hands on exercises to complete the online portion of S130/S190. Water handling, hand tool use, firing devices with live fire evolution. Recommend 10/1 - Level C or D PPE.

 

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This course provides instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of a wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. S-190 is typically taught in conjunction with or prior to Basic Firefighter Training, S-130. It is designed to meet the fire behavior training needs of a firefighter type 2 (FFT2) on an incident as outlined in the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide and the position task book developed for the position.

 

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This course covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas. Note: The regulations, procedures and policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency and ICS operations. State, county, or other political subdivisions using this course will need to consult their agency having jurisdiction with respect to regulations, procedures and policies.

 

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This a 24-hour course designed to meet the training requirements outlined in the PMS 310-1, Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide and the position task books developed for the positions of task force leader and strike team leader. Examples and exercises in this package are specific to wildland fire suppression. If students are expected to perform in some other risk area, exercises and examples appropriate to the expected risk areas should be added.

 

The class fees for this class are being covered by a grant if your department serves a population under 10,000.  If you fail to attend the class or cancel after 4 weeks from the start of the class, you or your sponsoring department may be billed the full tuition of the class.

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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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This class is designed for the firefighter with varying years of experience. In this class the student learns the basic firefighter skills and techniques of Overhaul and Salvage (Loss Control), during classroom and hands on exercises. Upon successful completion of this class, the student will walk away with an increased level of basic firefighter competencies.

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Pre-Fire Planning is a classroom based, 2-4 hour block of instruction designed to prepare an individual to conduct basic pre-fire plans at the company level. The class is tailored for basic operations fire service personnel to become familiar with properties and potential hazards within their communities. Topics in the course include: Benefits of Pre-Planning, Process of Pre-Planning, Process Components, Information Needed to Conduct the Pre-Plan, Equipment Needed to Conduct the Pre-Plan, Applying the process of Pre-Incident Planning to a Facility.

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This course is designed for all ranks of fire service personnel who may respond to residential structure fires, in their area. This course covers in depth building construction, sizing up the incident, ventilation techniques, search and rescue as well as fire control tactics. The class will primarily be conducted in the classroom setting and will include a few tabletop exercises and drills. Upon successful completion of this course the student will have gained basic knowledge and skills for operating at incidents in residential structures.

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This class is designed for the firefighter with varying years of experience. In this class the student learns the basic firefighter skills and techniques of SCBA during classroom and hands on exercises. Upon successful completion of this class, the student will walk away with an increased level of basic firefighter competencies.

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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.

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This 1-16 hour 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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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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Wed, Jan 27 2021
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This course provides basic hands-on training for fire and rescue personnel in vehicle stabilization. Emphasis is placed on proper choice, placement and use of cribbing, buttress system and marrying vehicles together.

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Veterans interested in learning more about a career in the fire service will benefit from a day of hands-on, live fire training activities.  Students will engage with an elite group of IFSI instructors, many military veterans, who will introduce essential firefighting skills.  The goal of morning activities will be to develop fireground familiarity, comfort and competency.  Students will spend the afternoon working with veterans currently employed in the fire service as they team up as members of a company to complete fireground scenarios and evolutions.  Loaner firefighting personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) will be available to students.  Advance reservations for gear are preferred.

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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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