Illinois Fire Service Institute


Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter I Academy : 370.00 Hours

Course Description

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.

In addition to the basic skills that are taught, firefighters are taught how to thrive in their profession. This is accomplished through health and wellness education from a holistic standpoint that has a focus on physical, as well as, mental health and healthy lifestyles for firefighters.

This course will also 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 portion of the course meets all applicable national and state standards, as well, as all statutory requirements for hazardous materials awareness level training. 

Lastly, the Fire Academy will provide education in Technical Rescue Awareness.  This subject area will 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. Subject areas include: standards, structural collapse rescue, rope rescue, confined space rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue, water and ice rescue, wilderness search and rescue, trench and excavation rescue, and incidents involving WMD. 

This subject matter is designed for the basic first-in company and will provide first responders with the information needed to identify the rescue situation, its specific hazards, and the initial company operations to be performed.


  • Member of a recognized Fire Department or Fire Brigade
  • SCBA Fit Test

Recommended: A current CPR card

Student Fee: $4100.00

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Physical fitness is key to success. Skill evaluations can be viewed here.


  Basic Firefighter NFPA Firefighter I Academy Syllabus.pdf

This course is part of the following Programs

  • fire fighting
  • firefighter i
  • nfa-endorsed
  • on-site live fire


There are no prerequisites to taking this course

If you have specific questions about this course contact STEVEN DOGGETT

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Hours 28
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