Illinois Fire Service Institute


Structural Collapse Operations - Level I : 46.00 Hours

Course Description

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.



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.


  Syllabus - Structural Collapse Rescue Operations.pdf

This course is part of the following Programs

  • nfa-endorsed
  • structural collapse rescue


There are no prerequisites to taking this course

If you have specific questions about this course contact JONATHAN FRYE

If you are interested in having this course taught in your area, contact JONATHAN FRYE or your regional representative.

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Applicable Credits

Hours 12
11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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