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Berlin graduates from fire academy

CHAMPAIGN — Bryan Berlin of Princeton graduated from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Basic Firefighter Operations Academy.

Berlin will serve on the Princeton Fire Department. He participated in a ceremony conducted at the Institute’s Champaign campus on April 19.

There were 30 participants from fire departments across Illinois who successfully completed the training.

This is the first class that Basic Firefighter Operations Academy was offered in a seven-week time frame.

The course is designed to prepare firefighters to develop skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level personnel to become functioning members of a fire company. The rigorous course teaches firefighters basic fire fighting skills for single-family dwellings and commercial buildings, as well as rescue techniques.

This intense program uses realistic live-fire evolutions to encourage students to master basic skills and work safely and efficiently on the fireground. Students participate in live fire evolutions, train in real life scenarios and learn proper use of fire fighting and rescue equipment. They are also introduced to size-up, search techniques and the responsibilities of engine and truck companies. With the additional week of instruction, six topics were woven into the curriculum.

Basic Firefighter Operations Academy is offered by IFSI to assist fire departments in meeting the requirements of the Division of Personnel Standards and Education, Office of the State Fire Marshal. The Basic Firefighter Operations course is also available on-line through IFSI.

The Illinois Fire Service Institute is the statutory fire academy for the state of Illinois. In addition to training provided at the Champaign campus, the institute offers online classes and conducts training throughout the state at Regional Training Centers and local fire stations.

The mission of the Illinois Fire Service Institute is to help firefighters do their work through training, education, information and research.

For more information about the institute, call 217-333-3800.

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