Illinois Fire Service Institute

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Y106 - Instructor I (40 Hours)
The Instructor I course is designed to give the student the knowledge and ability to teach from prepared materials which are predominately skills oriented. Areas covered include: communication, concepts of learning, human relations in the teaching-learning environment, methods of teaching, organizing the learning environment, records and reports, testing and responsibilities, teaching techniques, and use of instructional materials.

Y107 - Instructor II (40 Hours)
The emphasis of the Instructor II course is placed on teaching formalized lessons from materials prepared by the instructor, including relating information from one lesson or class to the next. Coverage includes: writing performance objectives, developing lesson plans, preparing instructional materials, constructing evaluation devices, demonstrating selected teaching methods, completing training records and reports, and identifying reference resources. Prerequisite: Instructor I.

Y204 - Management I (40 Hours)
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.

Y205 - Management II (40 Hours)
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, & performance appraisal.

Y206 - Management III (40 Hours)
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. Prerequisite: Management I & II

Y207 - Management IV (40 Hours)
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. Subject areas covered will include the role and function of the Fire Officer II, introduction to Total Quality Management, performance evaluation, interviewing techniques, labor relations and collective bargaining, fire officer liability, and team building. Prerequisite: Management I & II

Y303 - Tactics & Strategy I (40 Hours)
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 departments. Subject areas which will be covered are: company officer leadership, safety, pre-fire planning, fire behavior, building construction, firefighting tactics, engine company and truck company operations, HazMat, and tactical exercises.

Y304 - Tactics & Strategy II (40 Hours)
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 firefighting, duties and responsibilities of command officers, incident command system (scene, manpower, and apparatus management), multi-company operations, disasters, high-rise operations, critical incident stress, and tactical exercises. Prerequisite: Tactics & Strategy I.

Y411 - Hazardous Materials Awareness (8 hours)
This course is intended for all first-responders. Students will understand their role at the Awareness level, including recognizing hazardous incidents, scene security, use of the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook, and the need to request special assistance.

Y412 - Hazardous Materials Operations (40 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a hazardous materials or CBRNE event. The students will understand selecting and using proper protective clothing, diking and damming, monitoring, and performing basic defensive control, containment, and/or confinement operations at a Haz Mat or CBRNE incident. The course addresses appropriate standards and regulations.

Y413 - Haz Mat Incident Management System (24 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to serve as the on-scene commander at a hazardous materials or CBRNE incident. Students will demonstrate understanding of ICS and NIMS, hazards associated with responders working in chemical protective clothing, analyzing hazardous materials incidents, decontamination procedures, incident action plans, documentation, and incident termination requirements.

Y414 - Hazardous Materials Technician A (45 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a hazardous materials or CBRNE event. The students will learn self-protection measures and rescue and evacuation procedures for WMD events, and chemical, radiological, and also toxicological terminology and behavior. They will understand monitoring gases and confined spaces, plume dispersal, radiation detection, and diking and damming. They will also know about liquid leak intervention including absorption, neutralization, plugging, and patching, as well as vapor leak intervention. They will use field survey instruments to identify, classify, and verify known and unknown materials, and develop action plans. They will perform offensive control, containment, and/or confinement operations, using the 5-step model. Students comply with appropriate standards and regulations.

Y415 - Hazardous Materials Technician B (40 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a hazardous materials or CBRNE event. The students will understand self-protection measures and rescue and evacuation procedures for WMD and hazardous materials incidents. Students will practice the 5-step (Identify, Notify, Isolate, Mitigate, and Terminate) model for response. They will practice detecting and monitoring liquids, vapors, and radiation, and proper handling of their releases. Students will use specialized detection and communication equipment. They will perform advanced offensive skills, develop incident action plans, and make strategic and tactical decisions while participating in scenarios. Students comply with appropriate standards and regulations.

Y504 - Fire Prevention Principles (40 Hours)
The Fire Prevention Principles course covers materials in the areas of fire inspection, fire investigation, and fire cause determination. Inspection topics include: laws, codes, ordinances, life safety code applications, building construction, occupancy, and inspection techniques, installed systems and water supply. Fire investigation concentrates on determining cause and point of origin.

Y612 - Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter I (On-Line)

Y613 - Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter I Academy
Essentials of Firefighter II: The Firefighter II course is structured for competency-based group instruction of the Firefighter II information presented in the IFSTA "Essentials of Fire Fighting" (4th Edition). It addresses the standards covered in NFPA 1001 (2002) Chapter 6 with the exception of those objectives related to response to hazardous materials at the operations level (NFPA 472). The firefighter II will receive the knowledge and skills to function under general supervision.

Y618 -Technical Rescue Awareness - (9 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to respond as the first-in company to a CBRNE or other incident resulting in need for a technical rescue. Students will learn to identify the rescue situation, its special hazards, and the initial company actions to be performed prior to arrival of a technical rescue team. Subject areas include standards, structural collapse, rope, confined space, vehicle & machinery, water & ice, trench, and wilderness rescues, and incidents involving WMD.

Y619 - Rope Rescue Operations - (40 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a CBRNE event requiring the need for low angle rescue. This course provides the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to perform rescues using rope rescue systems. The class will cover use of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical systems, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, and patient packaging. Special consideration will be given to the policies of the standard making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others. Skills performed are within the range of National Homeland Security Scenarios and fall within the DHS and ODP Target Capabilities and Universal Task Lists.

Y620 Rope Rescue Technician - (80 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a CBRNE event requiring the need for high angle rescue. This course provides the advanced knowledge and skills needed to perform rescues using rope rescue systems. The class will cover the use of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, belay and safety systems, specialized high point anchor systems, rappelling, pick offs, line transfers, and patient packaging. This is listed as an 80 hour class, but often exceeds an 8 hour day. Evolutions will be performed in adverse weather, darkness, and simulated "on rope" emergencies. Special consideration will be given to the policies of the standard making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others. Skills performed are within the range of National Homeland Security Scenarios and fall within the DHS and ODP Target Capabilities and Universal Task Lists.

Y621- Confined Space Rescue Operations - (40 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a CBRNE event resulting in a permit required confined space rescue. The course provides the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to perform rescues at permit required confined space incidents. The class will review the use of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, and patient packaging. Further instruction includes the use of atmospheric monitoring equipment, commercially engineered entry and retrieval systems, and the employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Emphasis will be give to rescuer safety, scene management, patient care and movement, and compliance with the federal and state regulatory requirements. Special consideration will be given to policies of the standard making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others. Skills performed are within the range of National Homeland Security Scenarios and fall within the DHS and ODP Target Capabilities and Universal Task Lists.

CY622 - Confined Space Rescue Technician - (40 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a CBRNE event resulting in a permit required confined space rescue. The focus of these rescues will be to handle a nonambulatory patient or responder possibly exposed to a toxic industrial chemical or CBRNE aftermath. This course provides the advanced skills needed to perform rescues at confined space incidents where civilians or rescuers are trapped and exposed. The class will review construction of mechanical advantage systems, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, rappelling, pick offs, line transfers, and patient packaging. Further instruction includes the use of basic atmospheric monitoring equipment, commercially engineered entry and retrieval systems, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Emphasis will be given to safety by means of chemical and mechanical personal protective equipment, scene management, patient care and movement, decontamination, and compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements. Drills involve mass casualty situations requiring entry through previously secured passages, disentanglement, and retrieval often via rescuer engineered means. Special consideration will be given to policies of the standard making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others. The skills performed are within the range of National Homeland Security Scenarios and fall within the DHS and ODP Target Capabilities and Universal Task Lists.

Y623 - Structural Collapse Rescue Operations - (45 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a CBRNE event requiring rescue from collapse of a building constructed of wood, masonry, or pre-fabricated light metal materials. This course is extensively hands-on, and prepares students to operate safely and efficiently at a building collapse involving WMD. It offers practice in cutting, breaching, lifting, stabilizing, searching, shoring, packaging, and removing victims from a collapse environment.

Y624 - Structural Collapse Rescue Technician - (45 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a CBRNE event requiring rescue from collapse of a building constructed of heavy masonry and/or steel. This course is extensively hands-on, and prepares students to operate safely and efficiently at a building collapse involving WMD. It offers practice in cutting, breaching, lifting (including with a crane), stabilizing, searching, shoring, packaging, and removing victims from a collapse environment.

Y625 - Trench Rescue Operations - (24 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a CBRNE event resulting in a shallow non-intersecting trench rescue. The class covers standards and regulations, use of specialized atmospheric monitoring equipment, emergency shoring systems, victim excavation, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Special emphasis is give to rescuer safety. Evolutions involve various trench situations.

Y-626 - Trench Rescue Technician - (40 hours)
The scope of this course is to prepare students to operate within NIMS at a CBRNE event resulting in a deep intersecting trench rescue. The class covers standards and regulations, use of specialized atmospheric monitoring equipment, emergency shoring systems, victim excavation, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Special emphasis is given to rescuer safety. Evolutions involve various deep trench situations.

Y657 - Fire Apparatus Engineer (32 Hours)
After completion of this course, a student will be able to explain the following terms: atmospheric pressure, capacity, discharge velocity, displacement, GPM flow, flow pressure, friction loss, head pressure (gain or loss), hydrant pressure, negative pressure, net engine pressure, normal engine pressure, normal operating pressure, nozzle reaction, PSI, pump discharge pressure, residual pressure, static pressure, vacuum, velocity, and water hammer.

Y702 - Fire/Arson Investigation I (40 Hours)
The Fire/Arson Investigation I course includes units on: fire behavior, building construction, safety, automatic fire detection and suppression systems, electrical fire cause determination, accidental and incendiary origin and cause determination, vehicle fires, sketching, and field exercises. *Modules I & II must be taken consecutively.

Y703 - Fire/Arson Investigation II (40 Hours)
The Fire/Arson Investigation II course covers the subjects of: motivation of fire setters, insurance information, Property Insurance Loss Register (PILR), National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), Interviewing, legal aspects, case preparation, presentation & review, explosives, explosive and incendiary devices, and field exercises.

Y704 - Fire/Arson Investigation III (40 Hours)
The Fire/Arson Investigation III course covers areas which include: intelligence systems, fatal fires, crime laboratory usage, photography, arson for profit, interview and communication techniques, and exercises. Students should bring a 35mm camera the first day of class.

Y0583 - Fire Department Incident Safety Officer (40 hours)
This course prepares students who 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 and how to develop and participate in a post-incident analysis.