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2020 Personnel Standards and Education
Mission Statement To promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and to encourage and aid municipalities, counties, and other local governmental agencies by maintaining a high level of training for fire service personnel.
Program Goals and Objectives
  1. Review current systems (database, spreadsheets, access, word processing) updating to newest and most efficient utilization of systems to initiate and streamline non-IT processing and provide the fire service with premier service.
    1. Raise the level of firefighter training to the highest quality by examination, approve fire training programs at the University of Illinois and other schools, and administer advanced training programs to firefighters.
      1. Annually administer levels of firefighter exams.
      2. Schedule exams at regional sites around the state and establish and update the calendar on the OSFM website for accessibility by training facilities and fire departments to enhance training schedules.
      3. Correlate and distribute training information, ensuring uniform training programs based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for all levels.
      4. Process state examination results and certificates for successful candidates.
      5. Process course approvals and review course syllabi.
    2. Increase the level of participation in the training certification programs of the division.
      1. More efficient accessibility to the division's database information.
      2. More efficient distribution of required training information.
      3. Establish meetings with appropriate State Certification Advisory Committee (SCAC) committees to ensure validity of certification programs.
      4. Involve all fire service organizations in program and examination development.
      5. Review programs for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
    3. Annually administer the reimbursement grant program and assist fire departments in the development of their training programs.
      1. Promote fire service training by partial reimbursement of training expenses.
      2. Assist with the setup of fire departments' training records.
    4. Division personnel will interact with fire departments and schools to share program and training information to promote firefighter safety.
      1. Schedule staff to contact and promote training programs, with priority in those areas where little or no organized training is evident.
    5. Identify and evaluate fire service training and testing requirements.
      1. Streamline training, certification, and approval procedures.
    6. Enhance and promote division (agency) program interaction with state organizations/fire departments.
      1. Divisional (agency) promotion and participation in related fire service concerns and programs.
    7. Review and enhance avenues for IT programs and resources. Continue to enhance data systems for the updating of training, examinations, certification programs, and IT systems for promotion of training to enhance firefighter knowledge and safety.
      Source of Funds Fire Prevention Fund Statutory Authority 50 ILCS 740, 425 ILCS 25/6
      Fiscal Year 2021 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2020 Actual Fiscal Year 2020 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2019 Actual Fiscal Year 2018 Actual
      Input Indicators
      Total expenditures - all sources (in thousands) $ 3,285.7 $ 2,225.8 $ 2,253.5 $ 1,953.0 $ 1,705.1
      Total expenditures - state appropriated funds (in thousands) $ 3,285.7 $ 2,225.8 $ 2,253.5 $ 1,953.0 $ 1,705.1
      Average monthly full-time equivalents 12.0 11.0 12.0 10.0 8.0
      Output Indicators
      Total number of fire departments participating 800.0 832.0 912.0 869.0 882.0
      Number of firefighter exams given (a) 8,000 7,177 11,221 10,687 12,796
      Number of firefighter certifications issued (a) 7,750 7,129 12,788 12,179 10,164
      Number of courses established for certification 41.0 41.0 45.0 43.0 46.0
      Number of fire department personnel submitted for training reimbursement 900.0 811.0 1,149 1,094 873.0
      Numbers are lower due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some written examinations were suspended and electronic examination sites had capacity restrictions.

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