The Training Division coordinates all training, including engine company tactics and strategy, truck operations, rescue operations, fire simulations, apparatus operations, hazardous materials response, and auto extrication. The training and continuing education programs provided adhere to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Illinois State Fire Marshal Division of Personnel Standards (OSFM), Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), along with local, state, and federal mandates. These are further supported by the department’s involvement in our MABAS Division's training.
All of the department firefighters are mandated to be certified to the Firefighter II level, meeting the standards of OFSM within one (1) year of appointment, to include Hazardous Material Awareness. The Firefighter II program is taught in-house by state certified instructors from within the department. Both full-time and part-time personnel train weekly in order to remain proficient in their individual skills.
Effingham is also home to a Regional Training Center, where Effingham and area fire department personnel train in order to further enhance their "hands on" skills.