Robinson Firefighter Daniel Hill has graduated from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute Basic Firefighter Academy.
Hill, of Robinson, will serve on the Robinson Fire Department. He participated in a ceremony conducted at the Institute's Champaign campus on Friday, April 14. There were 33 participants from fire departments across Illinois who successfully completed the training.
Hill's family has long served in the fire service. His grandfather was a volunteer on the Sumner Fire Department for 27 years. His uncle was chief of the Bridgeport Fire Department and his cousin is currently on the Bridgeport Fire Department.
The Basic Firefighter/NFPA Firefighter 1 Academy is a six-week, intense training course. 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 firefighting 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.
Basic Firefighter 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
Hill has two more weeks of hazardous-material training to complete before returning to Robinson to begin regular rotation on duty with the Robinson Fire Department.