ALTON — Timothy Spaulding of Alton has graduated from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute Basic Firefighter/NFPA Firefighter 1 Academy.
Spaulding will serve in the Alton Fire Department. He participated in a ceremony conducted at the institute’s Champaign campus on Friday, April 17. There were 28 participants from fire departments across Illinois who successfully completed the training.
Spaulding is a second-generation firefighter with his late father, Tim Spaulding, retiring as fire chief of the Alton Fire Department.
The Illinois Basic Firefighter/NFPA Firefighter 1 Academy is conducted over seven weeks at IFSI’s Champaign campus. 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. The 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 firefighting and rescue equipment. They are also introduced to size-up, search techniques and the responsibilities of engine and truck companies.
The Illinois Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter 1 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 online 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 institute’s mission is to help firefighters do their work through training, education, information and research. For information about the institute, call (217) 333-3800.