Instructor: Chief Jason Pruski
First year students—Basic Operations Firefighter: This course is a study of techniques used in fire fighting. This course covers the subjects required by the Office of the State Fire Marshal for certification at the Basic Operations Firefighter level. This course also incorporates a fire department atmosphere into the training. The student’s daily routine includes proper uniform, apparatus and PPE checks and station cleaning. Students will take part in classroom lectures, demonstrations, hands on practice on individual skills, training responses that incorporate these individual skills into fire ground evolutions through the use of various props and structures. Students will also complete a project on Pride, Honor and Tradition or complete a Line of Duty Death project. This program emphasizes the knowledge, individual skills and teamwork skills necessary for entry level personnel to become functioning members of a fire company. This program also covers Technical Rescue Awareness, Fire Service Vehicle Operator, Hazardous Materials Awareness, National Incident Management System and Courage to be Safe.
Second year students—Advanced Technician Firefighter: Second year students begin the year working on all the required course work to obtain their Advanced Technician Firefighter certification. This class is designed for the experienced firefighter. Some of the hands on skills include R.I.T. evolutions, radio communication drills, forcible entry, ventilation, and assisting Technical Rescue Teams. Students will also complete the Vehicle Machinery Operations class. VMO teaches students how to deal with various auto accident incidents. Extensive hands-on tool time is given to the students to work with various tools and techniques to perform auto extrication. During the spring portion of the class, Hazardous Materials Operations is completed. This class will give the student the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a Hazardous Materials First Responder. Through-out the year, second year students will assist the first year students during various company evolutions acting as company officers.
Both classes are offered at the Sandwich Fire Station. Indian Valley Vocational Center’s Fire Science Technology Class is fully certified by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM). Students of this program are eligible to take OSFM certification tests after they have received the appropriate experience or other requirements as stated by the OSFM.
First and second year students in this program are expected to participate in routine activities on a daily basis that involve physical movement and enhance health-related fitness. Students will learn how physical fitness and healthy living affect workplace performance and success. (15152A001 & 002)
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Chief Pruski can be reached at (815) 786-9241 or via e-mail at JPruski@ivvc.net.