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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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The purpose of this course is to provide firefighters and first responders with information about detecting, preserving, and securing evidence at fire scenes for further investigation. This course may also entice some participants to continue into the longer, more detailed Fire and Arson Investigation program (120 hours) and become eligible to be certified as fire scene investigators.

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An acquired structure burn is a unique opportunity for fire fighters to learn new skills, as well as, to hone previously acquired abilities. As a result, this course has been designed for fire fighters of every background, training and experience level. The course is appropriate for any volunteer, paid on-call, or career fire department member. Topics covered will include fire behavior, hose movement, ventilation techniques, search and rescue, fire attack, and coordinated fire attack. Drills and scenarios will be customized to match the resources and personnel available. There may be instances where all topics are not covered due to structure, equipment, and/or personnel limitations.

A number of additional prerequisites must be met prior to lighting the fires for training. The property owner must provide written permission and an Agreement for Burning of Property form. The department hosting the training must obtain an Open Burning Permit (available from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency). An asbestos inspection must be conducted by an appropriate entity. Asbestos must be removed prior to burning the property. The required forms and applications will be forwarded to departments requesting this training and local property owners should be informed that permits must be obtained from the IEPA even if they choose to burn or tear the property down themselves. A safety checklist and list of required equipment is also sent with the permit forms.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

Prerequisites:

o Member of a recognized Fire Department or Fire Brigade

o SCBA Fit Test

o A current CPR card is recommended

o Physical fitness is key to success.

Student Fee: $4100.00 (includes tuition, books, and student helmet).

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

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

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

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

Module subjects are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Module subjects are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Module subjects are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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The Basic 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 class uses locally available apparatus to provide core competencies with pumps and their related controls. Topics include, but are not limited to, knowing the legal aspects of emergency vehicle driving and explaining the purpose of the types of locally available apparatus. Instructors lead discussion on proper maintenance, inspection, and record keeping for fire apparatus. Descriptions and demonstrations of pumps and their related controls or devices include the following: operation of centrifugal pumps, priming devices, relief devices and multi-stage pumps (if available). "Hands on" pumping operations take the majority of class time. This class can be delivered as a four-hour classroom session or spread over 16 hours, incorporating practical evolutions with apparatus available within the department. The class can also be utilized to meet the Insurance Service Office (I.S.O.) annual pump service test, providing additional practical training. Note: An engine or tender with 1,000gpm capacity must be supplied locally. Applicable Credits

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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 are discussed - deploying, raising and climbing ladders, forcible entry operations, controlling utilities and ventilation. Working off ladders, performing ladder rescues, carrying and working with tools on ladders, as well as roof ladder deployment are a few of the practical skills presented. Reviewing tools available locally for various forcible entry, ventilation and overhaul skills and their proper application are demonstrated and practiced. Hoisting equipment and performing search and rescue tasks round out the instruction. Students can practice regardless of whether the department has a straight "stick," snorkel, tower or no "truck" at all since the practical tasks still need to be done for victim and firefighter safety alike. 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 provides an understanding of construction types from fire resistive materials such as brick, block, concrete and steel, to wood frame structures. These typical single family and multifamily residential or business occupancies may be balloon frame, “stick built” with full dimensional lumber, or engineered components. The structural members of floor and roof systems are discussed as they relate to their intended purpose and what they do under live and dead loads while under the stress of fire and suppression activities. Openings such as windows, doors, skylights and ventilation shafts are discussed as they relate to the firefighting, search and rescue profile.

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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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The Company Fire Officer course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, who is in charge of a single fire company or station, with information and skills required for success. The Company Fire Officer course is compliant with NFPA 1021 - Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (2014 ed.) as it provides training and education in the requisite areas of Human Resource Management, Community and Government Relations, Administration, Inspections and Investigations, Emergency Service Delivery, along with Health and Safety. This course meets the Company Fire Officer certification requirements of the Office of the State Fire Marshal – Illinois.

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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 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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Customized courses take any of the subject areasand are tailored to meet the needs of the organization requesting the training.The class emphasizes a topic identified by the group.Each class is handled on a case-by-case basis, covering a topic essential for firefighters, pump operators, fire officers, or fire based first responders in fulfilling the mission of the fire service in their area.

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

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

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This blended course is designed for students with at least 1 year of experience operating emergency vehicles.  Students will complete an online presentation covering hazard management techniques and emergency vehicle defensive driving principles.  Students will participate in driving simulator exercises that will develop their skillsets by allowing for the repeated practice of techniques.  Emergency response scenarios will reinforce the use of these techniques and real-time decision making to avoid crashes. 

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Are you math-o-phobic? Can't make heads or tails out of hydraulic formulas or calculations? This course is for you! Spend some time and really learn how to do hydraulics, down and dirty, so you can do them in the field where it really counts! This program is designed to ease the fear and confusion so often accompanying the required hydraulics problems on today's fire ground. This classroom session takes the theory of pump operation and creates a practical application for firefighters to calculate simple formulas for proper fire apparatus pump pressures. Once completed, students will be capable of generating safe and effective fire streams for single pumper operations, as well as more complicated multi-unit, supply, relay, and fire attack operations.

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This program is designed for firefighters who are primarily assigned to, or respond as members of an Engine Company. The program offers firefighters an opportunity to either sharpen their current skills, or learn new and efficient skills for the all-important task of getting water on the fire. This program is an intensive hands-on program, and includes opportunities to select and evaluate a variety of differing hose loads and line advancement techniques. Instructors for this class are brought in from a variety of departments, seeking to bring differing geographical solutions to the table for a variety of fireground evolutions.

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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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Essentials II is the second class of a series of fire fighting skills and "hands-on" activities building on the hose, ladders and breathing apparatus skills of Essentials I. Against a background of Fire Scene Operations, the class focuses on fire attack techniques, ventilation and forcible entry with instruction on the proper use of the tools of the trade. Emphasis is placed on the safety skills with the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), fire service ladders, small tools and hose evolutions rounding out this 16-hour offering. 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 third Essentials class expands upon Essentials I and II and covers communication, tactical priorities, plus advanced SCBA and other evolutions. Related Fire Scene operational skills focus on proactive portions of the duties of the fire attack. Subjects like public education, pre-fire planning and its relationship to local building construction, calculating critical fire flow, and maintaining adequate fire streams are included in Essentials III. The class includes various evolutions working with obtaining and maintaining an adequate water supply, plus working with hand lines and/or master streams. Fire service rope practices for utilization on the fire ground for hoisting and other uses complete this module. NOTE: Protective Clothing Required -- Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, SCBA and boots for this class. This course is delivered at local fire departments

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The goal of this course is to give the student hands on experience with advanced firefighting methods such as Fire Ground Operations, SCBA’s, Ground Ladders, Search and Rescue, Ventilation, Water Supply, and Safety.

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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 IFSI Ethanol Awareness Online course is designed to give you a basic understanding of the emerging ethanol industry. While you may not have an ethanol plant in your jurisdiction, ethanol (E-95 and E-85) is becoming the number one hazardous material being transported today. Chances are you have volumes of ethanol moving through your community on any given day. Fire departments with ethanol plants in neighboring communities may be called to assist in ethanol plant emergencies. Ethanol has significantly different characteristics than petroleum based motor fuels. You must prepare to handle ethanol type incidents. Finally, this course provides a foundation to prepare you to take future ethanol courses. The Awareness course covers topics relating to E-85 such as chemical and physical properties, terminology, production, transportation, distribution, fire and health hazards, spills and the ramifications, sources of additional information and fire fighting considerations and procedures.

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Participants in the Explorer Cadet Fire School will have the opportunity to work live evolutions that include: Hose, Ladder, Forcible Entry, Breathing Apparatus, Fire Stream, Water Supply, and Structural fire fighting under controlled fire conditions in IFSIs live burn facilities. A liquid propane gas fire fighting burn will conclude the Saturday evolutions. These skills will involve rotations between burn and smoke facilities and will be a very full three days.

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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 two hour course will present the changes in this years Fire Act Grant. There will be discussion of priorities and techniques to use while filling out your grant applications.

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The Fire Apparatus Engineer course is designed for firefighters who are assigned to or may be assigned to operate fire department apparatus in the normal course of their duties.  It is designed to develop a firefighter in the areas of principles of water and water systems, mechanical principles of pumps, pumps and pump controls, intake and discharge hydraulics, aerial apparatus considerations, apparatus spotting, fire stream development, pump maintenance, service testing, acceptance testing, and pump troubleshooting.  The Fire Apparatus Engineer will generate effective fire streams from hydrants, relay operations, and drafting from static sources.  Hydraulic situations will range from single line problems up through multiple-line relay operations to give the students a solid understanding of fire ground hydraulics, as well as practical solutions to be able to apply these concepts to their department

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The FAE Online course is a blended course in that all classroom materials will be delivered online through the IFSI Student and Staff Resource Center. Students will be provided instruction in 13 subjects under the close direction of an instructor. The practical portion of the course will be administered in three sessions at the IFSI Training Campus in Champaign. Classroom / Practical sessions will be on Week 4 (One day), Week 8 (One day) and Week 13 (Two day practical, state exam, and evaluation session) The final examination will be administered at the start of the first day of the week 13 practical sessions. Students can expect to dedicate 4-5 hours of time on their weekly studies for the online portion of the course. Module studies include: • Review of module objectives • Reading assignments • View module presentations • Listen or view audio or video lectures • Complete student homework assignments • Attend interactive "live" chat sessions • Complete module online quiz. • Complete Practical Practice Skills at their fire department One module will be completed each week for a total of 13 weeks. (The course is designed with the practical session to cover the same time that a college semester would.) Each module starts on a Monday and must be completed by Sunday of that week. Students work within their own schedule. The only time they have to be online at a specific time is for the live web chats. Chats are conducted two times during a week. Students have the option to attend one of the two chats. (Chats are a required part of course studies. Students MUST attend one of the chats!) The Fire Apparatus Engineer course is designed for firefighters who are assigned to operate fire department apparatus in the normal course of their duties. It is designed to develop a firefighter in the areas of principles of water and water systems, mechanical principles of pumps, pumps and pump controls, intake and discharge hydraulics, aerial apparatus considerations, apparatus spotting, fire stream development, pump maintenance, service testing, acceptance testing, and pump troubleshooting. The FAE will be able to generate effective fire streams from hydrants, relay operations, and drafting from static sources. Hose situations will range from single line problems up through multiple-line relay operations to give the students a solid understanding of fire ground hydraulics, as well as practical solutions to be able to apply these concepts to their department. Students or their departments will be responsible for the cost of lodging, meals and transportation to the practical session at IFSI in Champaign.

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

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

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

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

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This program is designed to teach students how to utilize different types of rope and knots commonly used in the fire service. The focus will be on the application of ropes and knots in firefighting functions.

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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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Fire Inspector II is a classroom based, 40-hour block of instruction designed to prepare an individual to conduct advanced level fire and life safety inspections. The class is focused on those who are pursuing a fire prevention related career or who want to establish an advanced understanding of fire inspection related issues. Topics in the course include in-depth instruction into; Inspection Procedures, Fire Hazard Recognition, Installed Systems, Site Access, Means of Egress, and Emergency Planning and Preparedness. Individuals with or without fire service background will benefit from the course.

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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 Prevention & Public Education is a classroom based, 2-4 hour block of instruction designed to present foundational fire prevention and public education concepts. The class is tailored for basic operations fire service personnel to prepare them to identify and evaluate fire prevention needs in their jurisdictions and then deliver basic public education presentations. Topics in the course include: The Impact of Fire Prevention on Fire Department Operations, Fire and Life Safety Education and Company Level Standby Life Safety Duties.

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

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This course is designed to teach students every aspect of the ladder construction, as well as set up and climbing the ladder.

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The Fire Service Vehicle Operator course is designed for Firefighters or Engineers who are assigned, or may be assigned, to operate fire department apparatus during the normal course of their duties. Students will learn about their role as an emergency vehicle driver, proper care and maintenance of fire apparatus, vehicle characteristics, safe driving practices, emergency response driving, and scene positioning. This course, when combined with an AHJ-provided driving portion, lets the student complete OSFM certification. IFSI does not offer the driving portion of this course.

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Fire Service Vehicle Operations is designed to give fire service personnel the basic knowledge and skills to safely perform fire service vehicle operations as defined by NFPA 1451, Fire Service Vehicle Operations Program. NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications, 1998. This course covers the classroom portion of the FSVO certification. Students will be required to complete the practical portion of FSVO locally as prescribed by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal. Practical requirement are the responsibility of the student and their fire department. NOTE: Online Course Final Examination The Illinois Fire Service Institute has adopted a new Course Examination and Evaluation policy as of July 1, 2011. This policy change has been made to bring IFSI’s testing practices in line with industry standards, as well as to improve the security of exam administration. As a result, all final examinations that IFSI administers for their courses are to be proctored by a trained IFSI instructor / proctor. Exam dates for the online courses are either the last Wednesday or Thursday of the month. The date, time and location are determined based on proctor availability and site location availability. You must take the exam on one of the two nights provided. If you know now that you cannot attend one of these test days for this class you should sign up for a class at another time. Students with extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis by the eLearning Program Director regarding taking their exam at a later date.

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Describes the relationship between heat stress and cardiovascular strain and how this is likely to impact firefighter injuries and fatalities. Instructors review recommendations for on-scene rehabilitation and discuss methods for implementing effective programs. Discussion on the leadership issues required to institute programs that will impact line of duty deaths continues throughout the course. Strategies are examined for forming partnerships and collaborations that enable fire departments to implement effective rehabilitation programs aimed at meeting the needs of firefighters while recognizing that most departments are working in an environment of limited resources. Examples of recommended rehab policies and best practices will be provided or referenced.

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The goal of this course is to familiarize fire department personnel with Firefighter Rescue and Survival. Students will familiarize themselves with various survival techniques. The students will also familiarize themselves with equipment that is necessary to make use of those techniques. Students will also learn how to make more efficient use of their department’s equipment.

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

 

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

 

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

Skill evaluations can be viewed here.

 

Reading Reference Texts

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

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

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

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This class is designed to include every member of the fire service organization. Fire Ground Management or Incident Command is often thought to be targeted at Chief and Company level officers. This 12-hour class provides every participant with a working knowledge of "hands on" incident management with time tested management principles and an emphasis on workable communication skills. The first four hours deal with strategic and tactical priorities. The remainder of class provides the student experience in working as a command or company level officer in simulated fire ground activity. Delivery is best suited for back-to-back dates of instruction but can be arranged in 4-hour increments.

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This class provides an overview of farm fires and brings strategies, tactics, operations and water supply logistics together. Today, rural fire departments can extinguish most farm fires. Emphasizing pre-planning, thinking "beyond your own back yard" and encouraging joint training and practice rural fires can have successful outcomes. The class covers response capabilities, strengths and weakness of the department as well as considerations for farm fires in buildings, areas involving common farm chemicals, machinery, fields and/or crops.

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

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The 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 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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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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This course is FEMA approved and may also eligible for certification with ProBoard. 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 472 Standard, 2013 Edition, OSHA CFR 29.1910.120 (q); it also meets the objectives outlined in the Emergency Response to Terrorism self-study guide and is certifiable by the NFA. This course also reflects the Awareness description as seen in NFPA 472 Annex E. Additionally, it meets the requirements of the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall, 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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This course will provide first responders with the knowledge and skills to understand hazardous substances and the risks associated with them in an incident; recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency; understand the role of the emergency responder at the Awareness level, including site security and control; have understanding of the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Guidebook; realize the need for additional resources, call for appropriate assistance, and make appropriate notifications to the community. This course also includes counter-terrorism curriculum. This course meets NFPA 472 Standard, 2002 Edition, OSHA CFR 29.1910.120 (q); it also meets the objectives outlined in the Emergency Response to Terrorism self-study guide and is certifiable by the NFA. This course also reflects the Awareness description as seen in NFPA 472 Annex E. Additionally, it meets the requirements of the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the National Fire Academy. This course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health for 8 Emergency Medical Services Continuing Education Hours. Course Syllabus Page 1 of 5 Statewide WMD Response: Hazardous Materials Awareness NOTE: Online Course Final Examination The Illinois Fire Service Institute has adopted a new Course Examination and Evaluation policy as of July 1, 2011.This policy change has been made to bring IFSI’s testing practices in line with industry standards, as well as to improve the security of exam administration. As a result, all final examinations that IFSI administers for their courses are to be proctored by a trained IFSI instructor / proctor. Exam dates for the online courses are either the last Wednesday or Thursday of the month. The date, time and location are determined based on proctor availability and site location availability. You must take the exam on one of the two nights provided. If you know now that you cannot attend one of these test days for this class you should sign up for a class at another time. Students with extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis by the eLearning Program Director regarding taking their exam at a later date.

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This course 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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In this class, students learn about the challenges unique to high-rise buildings such as the mixture of commercial, high hazard storage, assembly and residential occupancies. Understanding the construction features, detection-suppression-communications systems, and strategic and tactical considerations required of the command personnel are discussed. Various firefighting problems are illustrated as they relate to fire department connections, methods of supplying standpipes or sprinklers, hose layouts and deployment, and command and control issues. Instructors also cover accountability, stack affect, rescue profile, ventilation concerns, and fire suppression challenges outside the reach of pre-connected hose lines.

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This course is designed to give the firefighter and fire pump operator a solid understanding of how to efficiently utilize a municipal or private water system. Using brief lecture and hands-on drills, the student will use locally available fire apparatus and water system(s) to establish a positive water supply on the fire ground. Understanding and estimating the limitations of water systems shall also be discussed.

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This course is designed to be essential training for new or existing members of an Industrial Fire Brigade at a facility. The main focus of this course is offensive firefighting performed outside of an enclosed structure when the fire is beyond the incipient stage. This course is designed to meet the NFPA 1081 Standard for Industrial Fire Brigade Member Professional Qualifications (2012 Edition) Chapter 6

This course is ProBoard accredited and if you would like certification you must provide proof by the end of the course that you are trained at the Hazmat Awareness Level or above. 

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This course is designed to be essential training for new or existing members of an Industrial Fire Brigade at a facility. The main focus of this course is firefighting performed inside or outside of an enclosed structure when the fire has not progressed beyond the incipient stage. This course is designed to meet the NFPA 1081 Standard for Industrial Fire Brigade Member Professional Qualifications (2012 Edition) Chapter 5.  

 This course is ProBoard accredited and if you would like certification you must provide proof by the end of the course that you are trained at the Hazmat Awareness Level or above. 

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This course is designed to be essential training for new or existing members of an Industrial Fire Brigade at a facility. The main focus of this course is the physical activity of fire suppression, rescue, or both inside of buildings or enclosed structures that are involved in a fire beyond the incipient stage. This course is designed to meet the NFPA 1081 Standard for Industrial Fire Brigade Member Professional Qualifications (2012 Edition) Chapter 7. 

 This course is ProBoard accredited and if you would like certification you must provide proof by the end of the course that you are trained at the Hazmat Awareness Level or above. 

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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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This course is designed provide the knowledge and skills for successful certification in Fire Instructor 3. The Fire Instructor 3 course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041, Chapter 6 and provides the tools necessary to obtain certification through the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board).

It is designed around classroom lectures and group interactive exercises to improve your abilities to act as a fire instructor. This includes responsibilities such as instructional resource management, policy development, and program design.  This class may also involve assignments & projects that the student will have to complete outside of the scheduled class time each day (homework). Skills taught include: Training record administration, policy development, Instructional staff selection, development, & evaluation, purchasing / course costing, program & curriculum development, course administration, development, & evaluations.

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This course introduces the factors influencing the fire environment elements that drive fire behavior during ground cover fires.  The class examines how these elements influence tactical and safety decision making on the fireground.

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This pilot program, delivered through the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal, will introduce the participant to the computer-based NFIRS 5.0 reporting system. Pre-registered applicant's departments will receive a computer, software, and peripherals if they agree to continue using the USFA FCT software for fire reporting at their home department. The equipment and software has been made available through a national NFIRS grant. Due to the need to qualify applicants and provide computers, WALK IN AND LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. There is a limit of one computer per department.

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This class is being designed to bring awareness 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: the purpose of large animal rescue, incident prevention and evacuation planning, understanding animal behavior (in normal settings and under stress) in large animal incidents, humane handling of large animals, understanding large animal restraint, large animal scene management, water and unstable ground rescues (ex. mud and ice), containment and capture of loose large animals, trailer and transport incidents, barn and wild land fires.

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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 course provides hands-on training for fire and rescue personnel in large vehicle extrication. Emphasis will be put on proper extrication techniques when dealing with large vehicles such as buses, trucks, and semitrailers. 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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If you are a Chief Officer who has the courage to embrace the challenge of personal and professional development at a whole new level, the Leadership Development and Decision Making (LDDM) Program is for you. The LDDM Program provides a one of a kind training experience. LDDM instructors introduce each topic with foundation material and then through a Socratic teaching style immerse the students in the topic through highly interactive small group discussions, ethical and moral discussion groups/decision games, tactical decision games, sand table exercises/discussions, and practical application exercises. Through the Socratic teaching style the instructor facilitates interaction and challenges each of the students to reach outside of their comfort zone through discovery learning, rather than the classic lecture and direction format.

 

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

 

Lines of Education:

1)            Leadership and followership

2)            History and traditions

3)            Communications

4)            Morals and ethics

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

6)            Decision-making and thinking critically

7)            Command climate and culture

 

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

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

 

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

 

Lines of Education:

1)            Leadership and followership

2)            History and traditions

3)            Communications

4)            Morals and ethics

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

6)            Decision-making and thinking critically

7)            Command climate and culture

 

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

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

 

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

 

Lines of Education:

1)            Leadership and followership

2)            History and traditions

3)            Communications

4)            Morals and ethics

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

6)            Decision-making and thinking critically

7)            Command climate and culture

 

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

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Due to time constraints of job, family, and the needs of the department/district, many leaders are unable to commit the time required to attend formalized classes on leadership. This course is designed to address the leadership principles necessary to effectively direct and manage volunteer, combination and small to medium sized career departments. This course will identify leadership philosophies and facilitate a patch of discovery designed to help the student identify their own leadership qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Discussion of individual department challenges in a case study format is encouraged. Primary focus will be for Intermediate or advanced command level/supervisory personnel, but can include fire service/emergency services personnel at all levels.

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Regardless of your position on the fire department, people look to you to lead.  From the public to your firefighters, people look to you to set the example, set the pace and move your organization forward.  Tap into the leadership experiences of Deputy Chief (ret) Ed Enright of the Chicago Fire Department, Chief of Operations (ret) John Norman from the New York Fire Department and Colonel Royal Mortensen (USMC) to learn how to apply the lessons they learned in their careers to help move yours forward.

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This course is designed to reach current and future fire officers, training officers, and chief officers; it provides the opportunity to learn how Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge (LACK) can improve, both their own and their organization's skill set. It assumes the attendee has not yet fully integrated the Everyone Goes Home Campaign into their organization. While improving Leadership skills, recognizing the importance of Accountability, understanding the impact of Culture, and embracing the need for continuous Knowledge, the student will examine the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and learn how to incorporate them into their personal and organizational "improvement action plan". The course also examines the root causes of line of duty deaths (LODDs) and the individual elements that need to be managed in the risk environments that firefighters work. LACK helps students improve survivability by studying the root causes of firefighter fatalities and tackling these four elements with special emphasis on understanding fire service culture.

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

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The Management I course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, who is in charge of a single fire company or station, with information and skills in supervisory practices and personnel management. Subject areas covered will include: the role and function of the Company Fire Officer, basic management principles and concepts, leadership, motivation, order giving, discipline, and conflict resolution.

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The Management II course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, who is in charge of a single fire company or station, with information and skills in personnel management. This course provides coverage in the areas of basics of communications, report writing, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, coaching and counseling skills, and performance appraisal.

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

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

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Students will learn to identify conditions requiring master streams at fires in buildings or emergencies which require protecting exposures with a required fire flow of 350 gpm or greater. The various nozzle types and their characteristics available at the class location are discussed at length with deployment and operation being the greatest focus of this “hands on class” The nozzle reaction, use of various devices or appliances and their required pressures, selecting the proper line sizes and safe handling and operating procedures round out the practical portion of this class.

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This class is designed to provide chiefs or company officers with the essential tools and skills to operate safely in a wildland/urban interface incident. The content covers interface incidents, fire behavior, safety and operational considerations.

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This 2-day course is designed for students who work in the field of prevention. Students learn a basic overview of the "three Es" of prevention--education, engineering, and enforcement. The course concludes that the most effective way to combat community risk issues is to develop strategies that use all "three Es." The course is designed to provide the motivation and leadership for local organizations to enhance their prevention efforts. Course content includes evaluation of the types and levels of community prevention; how injuries, fires, and burns can be prevented; strategies and countermeasures to help people understand the injury, fire, or burn event and reduce the loss; and prevention approaches--behavior changes, legislation, and enforcement and engineering.

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This 2-day course is designed for the responder(s) who may be responsible for initial and expanded command of incidents involving terrorism. The course is intended to build upon the students' existing skills as an Incident Commander (IC), a practitioner of ICS, with knowledge of NIMS, the National Response Framework, and terrorism. The class will assist the officer in preparing an effective response to the consequences of terrorism. IC's must be prepared to operate as part of a multiagency, multidiscipline, and multijurisdictional response. The course utilizes lecture supported by case studies and practice scenarios to address the command and control challenges that likely will confront the IC. This will enable the students to apply their knowledge of preincident planning, managing emerency incidents, and operating as part of a Unified Command structure to ensure the safety of responders while bringing the incident to a successful conclusion.

PREREQUISITES:

1) ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online at www.nfaonline.dhs.gov. 2) W/F806 NIMS ICS for the Fire Service or W/F163 NIMS ICS for EMS. 3) Q534 Emergency Response to Terrorism: Self Study; or Q890 Introduction to Emergency Response to Terrorism; or ERT: Basic Concepts. Q890 is available through NFA Online at www.nfaonline.dhs.gov

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Influencing is considered a critical leadership skill, particularly at the executive level. This 2-day course will examine how leaders successfully influence others to accomplish common goals. Formally planning to influence others will be a primary discussion area within the course. Case studies of executives influencing others will be analyzed to illustrate the challenges and opportunities associated with complex situations in the public sector. This course is for senior officers of both career and volunteer fire/emergency services organizations.

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In this 2-day course, students will be introduced to a four-step model for managing change effectively. These activities include analysis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The same model will be used to examine the executive role of leading change. A variety of activities and simulations will apply theories to contemporary issues that executive officers experience daily. This course is for senior fire officers of both career and volunteer fire/emergency services organizations.

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This 2-day course uses results from laboratory controlled test fires of commonly found items in simulated single-family occupancies to provide students with pragmatic cognitive and analytical skills from understanding fire behavior. Through scientific and engineering studies, observation and analysis of videotaped test fires, and burn data, participants will learn the value, application, and limitations of fire testing and test methods, instruments and equipment. The course presents scenarios and case studies to enable students to assess and devise fire protection strategies, based on their ability to apply data from test fires. Participants will learn the burn characteristics of individual items commonly found in single-family residences, as well as individual rooms--based on specific variables, such as fire detection and fire protection equipment (smoke detectors, CO detectors, and sprinklers) and room size and layout (ceiling height and windows). Analysis and discussion of test results will enable participants to evaluate and interpret those results and develop safe, effective fire protection strategies. This course is not a fire operations strategy or tactics course, but explains the science and engineering of fire behavior.

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The course presents data from test burns of single-family occupancies to enable firefighters to evaluate, analyze, and use fire computer models effectively, such as the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS). By viewing expert scientific and engineering perspectives, and discussing and analyzing results of videotaped test burns and burn data, students will learn the benefits, applications, and limitations of fire modeling. Students will apply data from fire scenarios to the FDS to understand how different conditions may affect the outcome of an actual fire. Students will be introduced to different types of fire tests, with explanations of their application and reliability. Firefighters and fire officers, fire marshals, inspectors, building inspectors, career and volunteer firefighters who have prevention responsibilities.

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Smaller communities and smaller departments can face unique challenges that bigger departments don’t encounter. This class focuses on new and successful fire prevention approaches for communities with populations of less than 25,000. The class draws upon lessons learned in other communities to look at proven approaches for addressing total fire protection challenges. You learn about taking advantage of available resources and the means and value of building partnerships and coalitions.

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This 2-day course is designed to provide fire officers with an understanding of command operations at structural collapse incidents. Students completing this course will be able to:* describe the aspects of a structural collapse;* explain basic command procedures and ICS organizational structure;* identify various resource levels, types, and capabilities used for structural collapse incidents;* identify critical factors and issues that affect scene management;* describe all unique operational considerations used at a structural collapse incident;* describe all response operations phases associated with a structural collapse incident; and* describe the technical rescue expertise and equipment required for safe operations and effective incident management.Students attending should understand and be able to apply the Incident Command System (ICS) concept.

Student audience is individuals who have statutory authority/responsibility and may serve in a unified command structure at a structural collapse; fire command officers.

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This course is designed for fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders who may be designated by the Incident Commander (IC) as an ISO while working within an Incident Command System (ICS). These assignments may occur during firefighting, EMS, special-operations-type incidents, and training evelutions.

This course is an incident-specific, scenario-oriented course deisgned to teach students what an ISO needs to know at an incident. The course uses instructor-led discussion, multimedia activities, and small group discussions to convey instructional points.

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This class is designed to provide chiefs or company officers with the essential tools and skills to operate safely in a wildland/urban interface incident. The content covers interface incidents, fire behavior, safety and operational considerations.

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This class provides the skills and tools necessary to become a Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Specialist I and covers primary prevention, identification and intake, and who sets fires and why. Students learn to conduct an interview with a fire setter and their family using prepared forms and guidelines and will learn to determine the need for referral for counseling and/or educational intervention strategies. This class is best suited to those professionals from the fire service, law enforcement, and mental health fields who interact with children who are involved in fire setting and/or arson behavior and their families.

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This two-day course provides the Company Officer (CO) with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course addresses ethics, use and abuse of power at the CO level, creativity in the fire service environment, and management of the multiple roles of the CO.

Selection criteria

• Line fire officers, unit commanders, or program supervisors.

• Fire or rescue personnel due for promotion/appointment to officer rank or supervisory position within six months.

• Training officers, staff or administrative officers of fire and rescue organizations.

Prerequisites

None

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This two-day course presents the supervisory with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course includes concepts related to a successful transition to supervisory and leadership roles, including concepts of adaptive leadership; change management; active followership; effective communication, including difficult conversations and advocacy-inquiry based dialogue; ethics; authority; power; decision-making; and active engagement through development of a personal plan.

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This two-day course provides the supervisor with the knowledge and skills to perform successfully in the fire and Emergency Medical Services environments. The course addresses professionalism, resilience, emotional intelligence, and situational awareness, as well as managing conflict, delegating mentoring, coaching, empowering, and building collaboration and synergy for professional growth.

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This 2-day course is the second of two courses on midlevel management covering the skills and techniques midlevel managers will need to provide leadership and direction for their departments. Content includes an overview of significant economic, social, political, and technological influences affecting fire service operations. Students will have the opportunity to identify and relate these influences to their personal and professional situations, and to practice strategies for managing changes resulting from those influences.

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In this class students begin developing a marketing plan for fire prevention, identifying new resources and those already in place in their communities. Students will be able to continue developing, refining, and applying a marketing plan that will outline target hazard risk, identify significant opponents, and present allies who may be available within their community.

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This 2-day course teaches students how to use standardized forms to achieve uniformity in their incident and activity reporting. This training program is designed specifically to support local fire service organizations, and will assist them in providing data both to their management and to decision-makers, as well as to their State uniform fire reporting system. At a local level, the NFIRS data can be used to describe a community's fire program, support budget requests, improve decision-making for allocation of resources, assist in planning for future fire protection, help identify opportunities for scheduling nonemergency activities, evaluate code enforcement programs, and identify target audiences for public fire education programs.

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This course is designed for company officers, acting company officers, or senior firefighters responsible for the management of a single fire company at an emergency incident. Suggested audience are those officers who are responsible for company readiness, personnel safety, and leadership as it relates to company operation.

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This new 2-day course will develop ideas and plans to address the high fire incidence among populations based on socioeconomic factors. Rural and urban settings are taken as samples. This course is designed for students who work in the field of prevention. Students learn to focus on the socioeconomic factors that contribute to high fire incidence among populations in rural and urban areas. Values, attitudes, and behaviors as well as social and economic characteristics will be evaluated. Effective change techniques, existing programs, and community collaboration are reviewed to develop effective solutions to community high-risk target groups.

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This course stresses fire prevention and mitigation awareness, advocacy, and motivation.Participants learn about successful prevention-oriented approaches, from analysis of the challenges to identification of resources needed to bring about change, and how a departments culture of power, influence, negotiation, and coalition building relates.

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This course is designed to explain the purpose and use of the communications model and the quick access prefire plan (QAP) in tactical operations at fire incidents; define the relationship between incident priorities, strategy, tactics, and implementation in the command sequence and select the appropriate strategic mode based upon consideration of risk/benefit and available resources.

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This course stresses fire prevention and mitigation awareness, advocacy, and motivation. Participants learn about successful prevention-oriented approaches, from analysis of the challenges to identification of resources needed to bring about change, and how a department's culture of power, influence, negotiation, and coalition building relates.

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This course will enable students to perform a plan review to evaluate the suitability of the fire sprinkler, pump and standpipe plans and calculations in accordance with nationally recognized standards for design and installation. Course content covers fire protection standards, plan reading, water supplies, building envelope features, fire protection hydraulics mathematics, fire pumps, sprinkler systems, and standpipe systems. The target audience for this course is the student who is responsible for the review and approval of plans for water-based fire protection systems in his/her jurisdiction. Students will be required to bring to class: NFPA Standards 13, 14, and 20 Scientific calculator or access to the Windows scientific calculator Architect and engineering scale tools

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Prescribed Fire Implementation, RX-301 is designed to introduce students to the tools and techniques used to perform the job of a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss(RXB). Additional course hours will be required if agency specific material is added. The course is based on the tasks in the RXB position task book. It leads students through the duties and responsibilities associated with the RXB position. The desired outcome of this course is to prepare students for trainee assignments as a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).

 

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The purpose of RX-341, Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation, is to provide students with the skills/knowledge to prepare a prescribed fire plan for technical review and approval in accordance with the Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Reference Guide.

 

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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.

 

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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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Firefighter Type 1, S-131, is an eight-hour course designed to meet the training needs of the Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains several tactical decision games designed to facilitate learning the objectives and class discussion. Topics include fireline reference materials, communications, and tactical decision making.

 

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This course is designed to train Incident Commander Type 5(ICT5)and Firefighter Type 1(FFT1)to identify environmental factors and indicators of hazardous fire conditions, and how to use these indicators when implementing the Risk Management Process.

 

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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 is designed to meet the training needs of the Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4). The six instructional units include Foundation Skills; Intelligence Gathering and Documentation; Size Up the Incident; Develop a Plan of Action; Post-fire Activities; Evaluating Incident Objectives and Manage the Incident.

 

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This is an instructor-led course intended to be presented at the local level. The course lessons provide introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, and their tactical wildland fire application. Field exercises support entry level training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations.

 

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 assist structure and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life,property, and improvements, in the wildland/urban interface. Instructional units include interface awareness, size-up, initial strategy and incident action plan, structure triage, structure protection tactics, incident action plan assessment and update, follow-up and public relations, and firefighter safety in the interface.

 

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This course introduces the roles and responsibilities of a firing boss (FIRB), common firing devices, and general firing operations and techniques. Although comprehensive in nature, the coursework is not a substitute for the dynamic fire environment.

 

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This course provides an introduction to operational leadership, mobilization,arrival at an incident, risk management, entrapment avoidance, safety and tactics, off line duties, demobilization, and post-incident responsibilities as they relate to the single resource crew boss.

 

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This is a skill course designed to produce student proficiency in the performance of the duties associated with engine boss, single resource (ENGB). Topics include engine and crew capabilities and limitations, information sources, fire size-up considerations, tactics, and wildland/urban interface.

 

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This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective fireline supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. Identify and describe the characteristics of fuels, weather, and topography that influence wildland fire behavior. Describe the interaction of fuels, weather, and topography on wildland fire behavior, fireline tactics, and safety. Describe the causes of extreme fire behavior conditions (long range spotting, crowning, and fire whirls) that develop due to weather, fuels, and/or topography. Interpret, communicate, apply, and document wildland fire behavior and weather information.

 

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This course is designed to meet the training needs of the incident commander type 3 (ICT3). The focus is on the lessons of leadership and command as they relate to the ICT3 position. It is presented in participative lecture format with multiple tactical decision games for students to practice new knowledge. The seven instructional units cover Foundation Skills, Situational Awareness, Command and Control, Managing the Incident, Transitional Activities, Post-Fire Activities and a Final Simulation.

 

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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.

 

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This 20 hour course is designed to meet the training needs of an incident Medical Unit Leader, (MEDL), as outlined in the Wildland and Prescribed Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, and the Position Task Book (PTB) developed for this position.

 

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This course is designed to introduce fire behavior calculations by manual methods, using nomograms and the Fire Behavior Handbook Appendix B. Students gain an understanding of the determinants of fire behavior through studying inputs (weather, slope, fuels, and fuel moisture). Students also learn how to interpret fire behavior outputs, documentation processes, and fire behavior briefing components.

 

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Responding to Oilfield Emergencies is a course designed to give fire fighter’s knowledge and practical skills in handling, Drilling and production site emergencies. Fire Fighters will be given the knowledge of equipment and incidents that can occur on Drilling and Production sites. They will train in live fire drills that simulate the emergencies on the sites.

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This course is designed to prepare employees to properly and safely use portable fire extinguishers in the event of a fire in the incipient phase. The course offers classroom and hands on training.

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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 firefighters, officers and non-commissioned fire department staff pursuing a certification as a Public Fire & Life Safety Educator.  The course is designed to train and equip students in fire prevention and life safety education.  Topics include: a history of fire prevention education, learning styles, methods for effective teaching, public relations, high-risk populations, professionalism, developing life safety curricula, and evaluation & assessment.

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In this course, students will learn how to operate and deploy an industrial fire trailer.  Students will get a better understanding for how to effectively manage limited resouorces while responding to a railroad emergency.  Students will also learn how to set up and deploy firefighting foam lines.  This is a live fire training course, perfect for firefighters and officers.  Full personal protective equipment and SCBA is required.

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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 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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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 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 ofstandard-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 practical class brings students together with mutual aid association partners to provide water and adequate fire streams in areas where little water exists. Participants will learn the intricacies of tender (tanker) shuttles, relay-pumping operations, drafting, and other methods to provide sufficient water for fire attacks, whether offensive or defensive in nature. The class can be customized to improve Insurance Service Office rural water supply classification. Static water supplies such as lakes, streams, or swimming pools using floating strainers are options to supply multiple tenders, port-a-tanks and engines. Personnel will be comfortable in supply water “out of town” on completion of the class. Note: Engines and Tenders must be supplied locally.

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"Saving Our Own" is a nationally recognized program to help firefighters escape from situations that have cost other firefighters their lives. Initial classroom emphasis addresses how to keep our firefighters from getting into trouble in the first place. We look at case studies of actual firefighter fatalities, and make suggestions on how to handle or prevent similar situations. Controlling fire ground emergencies, and Rapid Intervention Teams are discussed, but the focus is on non-complex, single firefighter rescue techniques. Simple techniques for rescuing trapped firefighters, using basic equipment readily available at all fires, are demonstrated and practiced. This intense three-day seminar is also available in a condensed 2-day format on contract.

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

 

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

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

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The Tactics & Strategy II course is designed for the Fire Officer who is responsible for commanding a fire or emergency scene involving multiple companies. Subject areas which will be covered are: strategic concepts in fire fighting, duties and responsibilities of command officers, incident command system (scene, manpower, apparatus and RIT management), multi-company operations, disasters, high-rise operations, critical incident stress, and tactical exercises.

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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 9-hour course is to begin to prepare local responders to operate as a local member of a regional team within the National Incident Management System at a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive (CBRNE) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the need for a technical rescue. This course is for the basic first-in company. It will provide first responders with the information needed to identify the rescue situation, its specific hazards, and the initial company operations to be performed. Subject areas include: standards, structural collapse rescue, rope rescue, confined space rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue, water and ice rescue, and wilderness search. NOTE: Online Course Final Examination The Illinois Fire Service Institute has adopted a new Course Examination and Evaluation policy as of July 1, 2011.This policy change has been made to bring IFSI’s testing practices in line with industry standards, as well as to improve the security of exam administration. As a result, all final examinations that IFSI administers for their courses are to be proctored by a trained IFSI instructor / proctor. Exam dates for the online courses are either the last Wednesday or Thursday of the month. The date, time and location are determined based on proctor availability and site location availability. You must take the exam on one of the two nights provided. If you know now that you cannot attend one of these test days for this class you should sign up for a class at another time. Students with extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis by the eLearning Program Director regarding taking their exam at a later date.

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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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Student Fee: $1750 for 25 or fewer students, $70 for each additional student. Billing will be based on the number of attendees (attendees are anyone who is not on IFSI payroll) or the contracted amount, whichever is higher. IFSI will provide one field staff instructor and two stokers per burn building to assist in a safety officer/oversight role for the contracting Fire Department. The Fire Department will provide sufficient instructors that are certified to the level of Instructor II, have experience teaching in live-fire at a department level, are certified one level above the level of instruction that they will be delivering, and understand and agree to follow the IFSI Facilities Use Procedures. The department shall provide a signed contract sixty (60) days prior to the burn, one instructor for every five (5) students, and a training plan to the IFSI Tower Burn Program Manager at least two weeks prior to the date of the burn. At a minimum, this training plan will include related OSFM objectives and resources needed. The IFSI Tower Burn Program Manager can assist in the planning of drills, and will help match the skill level of your students to the level of difficulty of the scenarios. NOTE: Protective Clothing Required -- Participants must furnish approved (as of date of manufacture) helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, boots, and properly maintained and tested SCBA and spare cylinder for this class. In addition to staff, IFSI will provide; pallets, straw, consumable props package, and apparatus. Consumable Props Package includes one each of the following items for every two students: dowel rod, 4x4, screwed and glued 2x4.

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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.

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

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In this class, students will learn to recognize the hazards associated with newer vehicles such as bumpers, drive shafts, passive restraint detonation systems, and various kinds of fuel systems. Identification of scene safety concerns, engine placement, and recognizing the challenges of compartment forcible entry to affect extinguishment are discussed. The class also covers line selection and operation, assembly, and utilization of a foam stream. Methods to gain entry to engine compartments and trunks for more rapid-fire suppression are also presented. Hands-on evolutions are dependent on available vehicles provided by the class host and permission through the AHJ for live fire evolutions.

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

 

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

 

 

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

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