IFSI Recognizes Instructors Under New Program

The University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) has implemented a new program to recognize instructors who exemplify quality instruction, student engagement, professional demeanor and knowledge base.  The first group of instructors has been chosen and will be recognized at IFSI's booth at the October Chief Conference in Peoria.  All first time honorees are chiefs or retired chiefs in keeping with the theme of the upcoming conference.

Bryan Doyle, Chief for the Fairview Fire Department, has instructed for IFSI since 2000 and has worked on more than 340 classes.  He is best known for instruction in vehicle/machinery rescue.

Chief Ed Enright has been an instructor for IFSI since 1986 and is most noted for his "Duty, Pride & Tradition" leadership presentations around the state. He is retired from the Chicago Fire Department after 38 years of service.

Chief Craig Haigh has been an integral part of IFSI's research efforts, particularly those projects focused on firefighter safety and health.  He has been an instructor for the institute since 1995 and is currently chief of the Hanover Park Fire Department.

Chief James Moore has been an instructor with IFSI since 1996, with a focus on fire officer training.  He has 32 years as a firefighter and has been chief of the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue since 2005.

Chief Dave Parrott is relatively new to the ranks of instructor for IFSI, starting in 2010.  He focuses on Special Operation Team training. Dave is chief of the Wallace Fire Department and also serves as Emergency Response Leader for SABIC Innovative Plastics in Ottawa.

The sixth honoree is Chief Tom Shubert of the Canton Fire Department.  Tom has been an instructor with IFSI since 2005.  Tom is a part of IFSI's leadership development team and has been a major contributor to IFSI's curriculum rewrites.

"IFSI instructors are the finest in the state and nation. Their commitment to excellence is at the heart of our mission success to bring the finest training, education, research and information to the firefighters of Illinois," Royal Mortenson, Director for IFSI said.

The institute will be recognizing instructors each month from nominations from field staff and leadership.

The Illinois Fire Service Institute is the statutory State Fire Academy for Illinois.  In addition to training provided at its Champaign campus, the Institute offers one-day hands-on classes for fire departments at Regional Training Centers and local fire stations across the State.  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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