The Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) has received a grant of $413.693 from the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant. The AFG is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant, expanded in 2014 to include state fire academies, was created in 2001 to provide fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations funds to acquire equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, and other resources.
IFSI will use the funds to support the replacement of old equipment used in its training programs.
According to Jim Keiken, Deputy Director for IFSI, “With the grant, we will purchase hoses, ladders and protective equipment, such as turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus. We will also be upgrading our air bottle fill stations that will increase firefighter safety.” In addition of training and protective equipment, a portion of the funds will be used to acquire a Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform (WASP) system. This system will allow IFSI to monitor students and conduct research on the physical demands of firefighting as well as track student location on the fireground. It integrates physiological and location monitoring into a system that collects, transmits and displays user data in real time.
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.