Volunteer meetings and training hosted by the Fairfield Rural Fire Department on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at the Fairfield Rural Fire Department building.

Oil Well Fire Fighting Class
Oil well fire This class is designed for those firefighters that have oil wells and tank batteries in their response area. This class helps emergency responders develop the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively manage a typical oilfield emergency. Topics include how to evaluate the emergency and hazards involved at the production site and drilling operations. The resources needed, foam training, and incident command are all integral parts of the instruction. This class is sponsored by the Illinois Petroleum Resource Board and the Department of Natural Resources.

"Oil Well Fire Fighting" consists of classroom instruction and hands-on training. The hands-on portion includes extinguishing fires at the wellhead, tank battery, and separator. Also during the hands-on portion, a live crude oil fire will be extinguished with the use of foam. Full PPE is required for this class.

NOTE: Protective Clothing Required -- Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, and boots for this class.

There is no registration fee for this class. Students may register online through the Illinois Fire Service Institute's website or by requesting a registration form from Kirsty Berbaum at 217-244-6185 or kberbaum@fsi.illinois.edu. More information is also available from Mark Clapp, Program Manager at 217-244-7134 or clapp@fsi.illinois.edu.

Certified Firefighter II Class
Training 1 This practical course provides fire service organizations seeking Certification with the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal at the level of Certified Firefighter II with instruction emphasizing the psychomotor skills portions of the certification.

The limited classroom sessions cover the Orientation, Personnel Safety and Fire Behavior portions of the cognitive objectives. Study guides, objectives, and reading assignments are provided to assist the students who haven't been in the classroom in a while with attaining their certification goals. Review and study sessions are encouraged at the local levels.

The majority of class time is spent teaching and testing the skills required to "do the job." Fire extinguishers, self contained breathing apparatus, fire service ladder practices, and the hands on skills for fire hose and appliance work are the order of the day. Records are kept at the local level and signed off by OSFM/IFSI certified instrutors.

Live Liquid Propane Gas Burn Class
Live Propane Burn Liquefied Petroleum Gas Fire Fighting is a four-hour class underwritten completely by the Illinois Propane Education and Research Council (IPERC) that combines a short lecture with a hands-on component. A one-hour lecture covers the properties, fire behavior and proper approach to LP emergencies.

Practical hands-on scenarios cover safe hose handling, water supply and fire streams. Propane is supplied and funded by IPERC, as well as the time for the driver supplying the fuel.

Minimum class size is at least 35 emergency responders from multiple jurisdictions. This is a tremendous opportunity when planning ahead to meet minimum ISO requirements for mutual aid and night live burn training.

Fire and Arson Investigation Class
Vehicle Fire Simulation Three 40-hour classes make this class the foundational program for the fire and arson investigator. The first course includes units on: fire investigation operations, fire behavior, fire patterns, origin and cause determination and fire setting motives. The practicals include an accelerant detection K-9 presentation and a "burn cell" demonstration.

The second course includes units on: evidence, legal issues, scene documentation and incendiary fire causes. The practicals include conducting on-scene fire investigations, developing origin and cause determinations and presenting group findings.

The third course includes units on: explosives, insurance investigations, vehicle fires, interviewing and fatal fire investigations. The practical involves conducting vehicle fire investigations.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training
Training 4 A critical tool in promoting the nationwide implementation of NIMS is a well-developed training program that facilitates NIMS training throughout the Nation, growing the number of adequately trained and qualified emergency management/response personnel. Closely related to the training, core competencies will form the basis of the training courses’ learning objectives and personnel qualifications that validate proficiency. The National Integration Center (NIC) is charged with the development of NIMS core competencies, training courses, and personnel qualifications.

Released in February 2008, the Five-Year NIMS Training Plan describes the operational foundations of these efforts; defines NIMS core competencies, training courses, and personnel qualifications as part of the National Training Program for NIMS; assembles and updates the training guidance for available NIMS courses (organized as a core curriculum); and lays out a plan for the next five years to continue development of the National Training Program.

The Five-Year NIMS Training Plan compiles the NIC’s existing and ongoing development of NIMS training and guidance for personnel qualification. Previous guidance on NIMS training has been updated and is issued as appendixes of this document. The National Training Program for NIMS will develop and maintain a common national foundation for training and qualifying emergency management/response personnel. To accomplish this, the Five-Year NIMS Training Plan describes a sequence of goals, objectives, and action items that translates the functional capabilities defined in NIMS into positions, core competencies, training, and personnel qualifications.

Basic Pumps
Pump practice This class uses locally available apparatus to provide core competencies with pumps and their related controls. Topics include, but are not limited to, knowing the legal aspects of emergency vehicle driving and explaining the purpose of the types of locally available apparatus. Instructors lead discussion on proper maintenance, inspection, and record keeping for fire apparatus. Descriptions and demonstrations of pumps and their related controls or devices include the following: operation of centrifugal pumps, priming devices, relief devices and multi-stage pumps (if available). "Hands on" pumping operations take the majority of class time.

This class can be delivered as a four-hour classroom session or spread over 16 hours, incorporating practical evolutions with apparatus available within the department. The class can also be utilized to meet the Insurance Service Office (I.S.O.) annual pump service test, providing additional practical training.

Note: An engine or tender with 1,000gpm capacity must be supplied locally. Applicable Credits

Statewide WMD Response: Confined Space Rescue
Ladder The goal of this course is to prepare responders to operate as a local member of a regional team within the NIMS (National Incident Management System) at a CBRNE (Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear-Explosive) WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the need for a permit required confined space rescue at the Technician level. The Confined Space Rescue Technician course has been designed in accordance with the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents, 2004 edition as well as NFPA 1006 Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications, 2003 Edition.

This class reviews the federal and state regulations for confined space, high angle, and hazardous materials incidents, the use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring, and commercial and rescuer constructed retrieval systems. This course includes simulated rescue evolutions requiring a mixture of all three disciplines, challenging the responder to deal with rescuing the rescuer in a contaminated atmosphere. Special emphasis is given to rescuer safety, tactical scene management, patient care, decontamination, and the construction and operation of retrieval systems.

Statewide WMD Response: Rope Rescue Technician
Rope Rescue The scope of this course is to prepare local 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 need for a high-angle rescue.

This course provides those personnel with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform rescues using rope systems. The class will cover the use of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, and patient packaging. Special consideration will be given to the policies of standard-making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others.

Agricultural Rescue
Agricultural Rescue Rescue personnel learn principles and guidelines for the safe response to tractor roll-overs, entrapment in field agricultural machinery, entanglements in stationary equipment, electrical incidents, agricultural chemical spills and exposure, fires related to the farm operation and other agriculturally-related incidents. Extrication drills, equipment stabilization, lock out tag out of electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic machinery, patient assessment, treatment and packaging also can be included. Site walk-throughs or preplans are encouraged with local farmers, agricultural machinery dealers and repair shops, as well as commercial farm chemical dealers. Any agricultural machinery required for the class must be arranged by the host department.

Note: Tractors and farm implements for actual extrication exercises must be supplied locally. Recommend working with local vendors to access newer farm implements for demonstration and familiarization.