Firefighter Memorial Hall documents firefighter fatalities and showcases firefighting history and traditions. The Hall provides a permanent home for the IFSI Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths Honor Book, which memorializes more than 850 Illinois firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1857.The Firefighter Memorial Hall also features permanent and temporary exhibits related to Illinois fire service history, as seen in the image below.
The Illinois Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths Digital Image Collection Database provides online access to digitized photographs and records, historical summaries, and oral history interviews that document the ultimate sacrifice of more than 800 Illinois firefighters over the past 150 years. Digital access to this history memorializes the firefighters, increases awareness of their sacrifice, and supplies contemporary firefighters with valuable lessons learned from the various deaths.
The Illinois Fire Service Institute is the statutory fire academy for the State of Illinois. It is operated as a continuing education and public service activity by the University of Illinois. This page includes resources detailing the history of IFSI, as well as resources developed at IFSI such as IFLODD and Medal of Honor databases.
The following materials are available at the IFSI Library. To access these materials, please visit the library and request assistance from the library staff.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
Special operating hours may be held during events.
IFSI Library Staff:
Lian Ruan, Head Librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Richardson, Reference & User Training Librarian: email@example.com
David Ehrenhart, Archivist and Metadata Librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org