Establishment of Training Program
The current training program used by the Flossmoor Fire Department adheres to the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) standards. The use of this State Training and Certification Program dates back to November 23, 1976 when the Village of Flossmoor passed an ordinance that required the Fire Department to participate in the OSFM training program. This program has defined various levels of certification that can be attained by the individual firefighter.
The foundation of this program has been the development and implementation of curricula and certification criteria for all identified levels of professional progression for fire protection personnel. The objectives of the program became a statement of learning goals for each level of progression, which can be measured as an indication of individual achievement. All written examinations that are required as a part of the certification program are administered by personnel from the State Fire Marshal's Office. All practical skill examinations are administered locally according to the criteria established by the OSFM.
Flossmoor firefighters participate in many training topics throughout the year. These topics cover a variety of subjects from basic firefighting to advanced emergency medical care. By training frequently, our firefighters are able to respond to myriad of requests for assistance and provide the best possible care to everyone in our community.
Probationary Firefighter Training
A rigorous training regiment is required for anyone to operate as a firefighter or paramedic in Flossmoor. Probationary status is maintained until the individual is fully credentialed.
Firefighter training happens during a 240 hour entry level program that adheres to the OSFM standards, Basic Firefighter Operations. Firefighters typically attend the training through a community college or regional fire academy.
In order to be a health care provider on an ambulance personnel must first complete the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic program, a 150 hour nationally recognized program. Then after six months of field experience, they must complete the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program, 450 hours of didactic coursework and 500 hours of clinical training.