Illinois Fire Service Institute


Montgomery GI Bill® Information

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

The State of Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs has identified several IFSI courses that qualify for reimbursement for a veteran's federal VA education benefits. If you qualify for Montgomery GI Bill® VA education benefits, you may apply for VA benefits for any of the courses listed below. This reimbursement will come directly to you, normally after you have completed the course. Should you desire to pay for the course directly, IFSI will bill you. Should your department pay for your training and desire that the department be reimbursed for the costs, IFSI will bill the department and you will have to coordinate repayment with your department.

Courses Qualifying for Reimbursement

The Fire Service Institute has requested, and the State Approving Agency has approved, the following programs for federal veterans' benefits, i.e., GI Bill®. The veteran or eligible person must prepay the tuition fee. The veteran must contact the Fire Service Institute veterans' certifying official to apply for his/her benefits. The actual amount of the benefits will depend upon the program and the eligibility of the individual veteran or eligible person.

The following are IFSI courses, programs, and eligible hours that qualify for VA education benefits. To be eligible to receive these benefits, the veteran must have completed the course or program within 12 months prior to the date of application to the VA. Details are available upon request.

Course Clock Hours
Basic Firefighter 22
Company Fire Officer Blended / NFPA 1021 - Fire Officer I 22
Confined Space Rescue Operations - Level I & II 22
Confined Space Rescue Technician 22
Fire and Arson Investigation I 22
Fire Apparatus Engineer - NFPA Driver/Operator - Pumper 22
Fire Inspector I 22
Fire Inspector II 22
Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations (1072 - Ch. 4, 5, 6.2, 6.6) 22
ICS 300 - Intermediate ICS 22
ICS 400 - Advanced Incident Command System for Complex Incidents 22
Rope Rescue Operations - Level I 22
Rope Rescue Technician 22
Structural Collapse Operations - Level I 22
Structural Collapse Technician - Level II 22
Trench Rescue Operations - Level I 22
Trench Rescue Technician - Level II 22
Vehicle and Machinery Operations 22
Vehicle and Machinery Technician 22
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Champaign, IL 61820
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