New Academy Format
With this letter I want to express my gratitude to you for your continued support of the Illinois Fire Service Institute. We take our mission seriously and we are constantly looking for opportunities to improve and support the fire service in Illinois. It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the changing format of our NFPA 1 Basic Firefighter Academy. Beginning in the spring of 2018, our Fire Academy will extend from 6 to 7 weeks. This additional week will:
- allow for more one-on-one/small unit instruction time,
- allow us to expand coverage of the more challenging skill sets,
- reduce the number of required skills/drills covered on an average day (allowing more practical skills application for students),
- allow for slightly shorter training days thus enhancing student learning.
There will be an appropriate increase in the cost of Academy. We will publish the adjusted cost per student before January 1, 2018. Our Spring Academy is set to begin on March 5, 2018. We look forward to training your firefighter recruits in 2018.