Tazewell County Firefighters Association

Classes

1.  Basic Essentials of Firefighting

Saturday and Sunday (2-day Class)

This two-day class will provide basic training in critical firefighter basic skills of ladders, hoses, SCBA, water, building construction, and tactics & ventilation with hands-on practical exercises.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

4 CEUs awarded for completion by Illinois Fire Service Institute.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING REQUIRED – Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, SCBA and boots. Attendees are also asked to bring a spare air bottle to help reduce downtime waiting for refills.

INDIVIDUALS WITH BEARDS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SMOKE TRAILER PORTION OF THIS CLASS. (IFSI Requirement)

2.  Advanced Drafting Operations

Saturday and Sunday (2-day Class)

This course will teach students alternative drafting methods that will maximize their flow capabilities while operating from a draft. A two-hour classroom portion overviews the topics taught during the hands-on portion of the class. The remaining 14 hours of the class contain hands-on skills that will teach how to increase efficiency and flow capabilities while operating in a rural setting. Topics covered in this course include:

  • The physics behind drafting
  • How to properly read a compound gauge
  • Challenges of the rural setting
  • Proper intake selection
  • Conventional priming
  • Pressurized priming
  • "Burp" Drafting
  • Turbo Draft operations
  • Drafting with multiple intakes simultaneously
  • Dump site tactics
  • Fill site tactics
  • "Power filling" for weak hydrants

Instructor: The Water Thieves

Due to limited enrollment, we ask that each department register no more than two people for this class.

3.  Basic Auto Extrication

Saturday

This class provides basic hands-on training for fire and rescue personnel in size-up, stabilization, hazard control, patient access, disentanglement and scene control techniques at automobile accidents involving one or two vehicles remaining on their wheels. Emphasis is placed on proper choice, placement and use of equipment.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

4 CEUs awarded for completion by Illinois Fire Service Institute.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING REQUIRED - Participants must furnish approved helmet, fire boots or leather safety boots, eye protection, gloves, coveralls or turnout gear.

4.  Fire Service Vehicle Operator

Saturday

This class covers common driving hazards, vehicle maintenance and inspections, and driver's training.

Tailored to: The class is designed for Firefighters or Engineers who are assigned, or may be assigned, to operate fire department apparatus safely in the normal course of their duties as well as Officers who are responsible for the administration of vehicle operations.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

2 CEUs awarded for completion by Illinois Fire Service Institute.

The driving portion, required to complete OSFM certification, is available as a separate course on Sunday (Course 12).

5.  Forcible Entry

Saturday AM

In this class, students will learn basic skills concerning many types of: force entry, tools needed, types of tools used, how to use these tools and instructor tips and tricks during classroom and hands-on tool exercises.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

6.  Vehicle Firefighting

Saturday PM

When responding to vehicle fires, firefighters still need to know the basics -- line selection and operation, assembly and utilization of a foam stream, methods to gain entry to engine compartments and trunks for more rapid-fire suppression – but the evolution of vehicle design has also brought new hazards. In addition to teaching the basics, this class will give students the ability to recognize these hazards such as bumpers, drive shafts, passive restraint detonation systems, and various kinds of fuel systems. This class will include live-fire drills.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING REQUIRED Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, SCBA and boots for this class.

7.  Natural Gas Emergencies

Sunday

This class will offer classroom and hands-on training in the use of dry chemical extinguishers on natural gas fires in a simulated setting.

Instructor: NICOR

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING REQUIRED – Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, and boots for this class. (SCBA is NOT required.)

8.  Large Vehicle Extrication

Sunday

This course provides hands-on training for fire and rescue personnel in large vehicle extrication. Emphasis will be put on proper extrication techniques when dealing with large vehicles such as buses, trucks, and semitrailers.

A large RV will be one of the vehicles used for hands-on work in this class.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

4 CEUs awarded for completion by Illinois Fire Service Institute.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING REQUIRED - Participants must furnish approved helmet, fire boots or leather safety boots, eye protection, gloves, coveralls or turnout gear.

9.  Fire Service Vehicle Operator: Driving Portion

Sunday AM

This class will cover the hands-on driving requirement for FSVO certification.

Participants are welcome to bring an engine from their department so they may complete the training using a vehicle they would actually use to respond to calls and with which they are comfortable.

Instructor: Greg Walters, Chief, Peoria Heights Fire Department

To take this class, students must have already taken the classroom portion of the FSVO training either in Course 4 on Saturday or previously at another location. Proof of having taken the classroom portion will need to be presented. NOTE: The classroom portion can also be taken online via the Illinois Fire Service Institute web site.

10.  Basic Engine Company Operations

Sunday

The class offers firefighters an opportunity to either sharpen their current skills, or learn new and efficient skills for the all-important task of getting water on the fire. Students practice efficient hose loads and finishes for securing a water supply, whether rural or urban. Students pull and deploy charged and uncharged hose lines in a variety of situations, both interior and exterior. Proper hose and nozzle selection for the size and type of fire are discussed. The engine company responsibilities with regard to rescue and other tactical priorities are presented and practiced.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

3 CEUs awarded for completion by Illinois Fire Service Institute.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING REQUIRED Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, SCBA and boots for this class.

11.  Concepts of Rescue Task Force

Sunday

The Rescue Task Force (RTF) is a trained group of firefighter and EMS paramedics partnered with law enforcement to effectively respond to the scene of an active threat, such as an active shooter or terrorist attack. They enter a scene together to provide immediate medical care, triage patients, and evacuate casualties. The concept of a Rescue Task Force has grown increasingly more important over the years as the number of mass casualty incidents continues to rise. Participants will receive 2 hours of EMS CEUs for Stop the Bleed training provided during the course.

Instructors: Josh Balk, OSF Disaster Preparedness
Lt. John Quast, Peoria County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Dan Glover, Tazewell County Sheriff's Department

2 CEUs awarded for completion by Illinois Department of Public Health.

12.  Building Construction

Sunday AM

This class provides an understanding of construction types from fire resistive materials such as brick, block, concrete and steel, to wood frame structures. These typical single family and multifamily residential or business occupancies may be balloon frame, “stick built” with full dimensional lumber, or engineered components. The structural members of floor and roof systems are discussed as they relate to their intended purpose and what they do under live and dead loads while under the stress of fire and suppression activities. Openings such as windows, doors, skylights and ventilation shafts are discussed as they relate to the firefighting, search and rescue profile.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

13.  Multi-Unit Residential Building Operations

Sunday PM

This course covers in depth building construction, sizing up the incident, ventilation techniques, search and rescue as well as fire control tactics. Special focus will be given to fires in multi-unit dwellings. The class will be conducted in a classroom setting and will include a few tabletop exercises and drills.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

14.  Hydrant Supply Operations

Sunday PM

This course is designed to give the firefighter and fire pump operator a solid understanding of how to efficiently utilize a municipal or private water system. Students will use locally available fire apparatus and water system(s) to establish a positive water supply on a mock fire ground. Understanding and estimating the limitations of water systems will also be discussed.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

15.  Handline Operations and Applications

Sunday PM

Students will learn basic skills concerning many types of hose, hose deployment, and uses of hose in different situations.

Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute