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Ethanol and the Fire Service: Home

IFSI Library Lending Policies

If you have any questions about these policies, please contact us. We welcome any and all inquiries!


Local Lending

  • Standard loan period is 4 weeks.
  • Extensions are considered upon request.
  • Requested materials can be picked up in person at IFSI.
  • Photo ID is required to establish a lending account.
  • Lending is limited to Illinois residents.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • Standard loan period is 6 weeks.
  • IFSI Library materials can be delivered to a patron’s Illinois local library through ILL service.
  • A public library card is required.
  • ILL delivery to your public library may take up to 2 weeks.


Tank cars carrying ethanol burn after derailment in Cherry Valley, IL, June 19, 2009--photo by NTSB

The U.S. produces 13.7 billion gallons of ethanol every year, and 1.6 billion of that comes from Illinois. Ethanol is the number one hazardous material being transported today, and it significantly differs chemically from petroleum-based fuels. Though ethanol is commonly discussed in the context of environmental protection and sustainability, the safety issues surrounding ethanol use are less commonly mentioned. Because ethanol is primarily alcohol, water will not extinguish an ethanol fire, nor will most types of foam. Alcohol-resistant foams (AR foams), such as AR-AFFF foam, are the best means of fighting ethanol fires. It is important for firefighters to understand the properties of ethanol and how to respond to ethanol emergencies.

This guide was produced by the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) library to bring together ethanol resources that are relevant to fire fighters and emergency responders. On this page, you will find links and information about ethanol training at IFSI as well as a list of relevant IFSI library items. Subpages of this guide include information on preparing for ethanol emergencies, links to reports and news articles covering real-world ethanol fires, and an overview of the ethanol industry.

Ethanol Training at Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI)

The Illinois Fire Service Institute commonly delivers training to fire departments at their locations and encourages departments to team with neighboring departments to maximize attendance and to help deliver consistent training. These classes are available under IFSI's Cornersone Program at no cost to the department. Classes are also available during IFSI's annual Fire College and at regional training schools.

IFSI Library

The IFSI Library houses more than 65,000 items, including books, periodicals, manuals, codes and standards, DVDs, CDs, e-resources, audiobooks and other fire emergency resources. The library exists to serve all first responders in the state of Illinois. Users can request materials in-person, via telephone or email, or through the Online Catalog. The catalog may be searched keyword, title, author, subject, or publisher, and the search can be limited to specific formats. You may enter as many or as few search terms as you would like; the more search parameters the fewer results there will be, but those results will be more specific. You can visit us in person, or, if you live in the state of Illinois and have an Illinois library card, we can send the materials you want to your local library via interlibrary loan.

Ethanol Resources at the IFSI Library

These links take you to the IFSI catalog. To request an item, click "Add to Request Bin." This takes you to a page where you can fill out the online request form and submit to the IFSI library. To request items, you must be an Illinois resident with a library card from an Illinois library.

Contact IFSI Staff

For Information, Assistance, or User Training Contact:

Phone: 217-333-8925 or Toll Free: 800-437-5819

Fax: 217-333-8379 (Library) or 217-244-6792 (IFSI)


Library Hours

Monday – Friday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Head Librarian

Lian Ruan:

Reference & User Training Librarian

Diane Richardson:

Assistant Director for Library Operations

David Ehrenhart: