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michael woodard

Rope Rescue Program Manager

(217) 333-3800

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Mike “Woody” Woodard joined IFSI in 2002 and while he has taught a number of classes, he is best known for his rope rescue skills. He was named Rope Rescue Program Manager in 2010 and in that role is responsible for managing that program’s curriculum, scheduling classes and overseeing more than 40 qualified instructors. Woody has taught more than 130 classes for IFSI and has coordinated more than 50 activities. Woody is the co-author of IFSI’s “Rope Rescue Technician: Field Rope Operation Guide,” which captures all aspects of rope rescue and serves as a field reference guide. Working with Paratech, Woody designed a unique high-point anchoring system that is more stable for elevator shaft doors and windows.

Woody started his fire service career in 1981 at the Shannon Fire Protection District, where he volunteered for 14 years. Later he moved to the Rockton Fire Protection District as a Paramedic. He retired in 2005 after seven years at the Rockton department.
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