Frequently Asked Questions


Active Member Minimum Standards

  • Firefighter I/II within 1 year.
  • Hazmat Awareness & Operations Level
  • Technical Rescue Awareness
  • EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) – Yearly
  • FEMA ICS NIMS 100/200/700/800
  • Healthcare Provider CPR (bi-yearly)
  • Blood Borne Pathogens (yearly)
  • Autism Awareness
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (yearly)
  • SMART Triage
  • HIPAA (yearly)
  • EMT-B or EMT-P optional
  • Attendance of 8 of 12 business meetings
  • Attend minimum 2 trainings per month
  • Attendance of all State/Federal/NIOSH yearly training courses
  • Respond to calls with a minimum standard to be met
  • Participation in department fundraisers, activities and public education programs
  • Probation is for a minimum of 1 year


Weekly Station Training — Every Tuesday we hold training

  • Healthcare Provider CPR / Bloodborne Pathogens – Offered free of charge to members during regular training.
  • Firefighter I/II The combined Firefighter I/II course will offer the training you’ll need to begin your career as a firefighter and begin responding to calls. We are located in District 1, so look for courses under that area.
  • F.E.M.A. Independent Study Courses – These courses contain the basics needed to understand the Incident Command System.
  • ICS 100.b Introduction to Incident Command
  • ICS 200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • ICS 700.a National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) An Introduction
  • ICS 800.c National Response Framework, An Introduction

Fire Academy Training

Both veteran EMS/fire personnel and individuals new to the fire service are encouraged to consider giving back to the community of Lakes of The Four Seasons, Winfield Township or Town of Winfield. For those without prior experience, your career in the fire service will start as a Probationary Firefighter while you attend the IFTS District One Fire Academy. The academy meets on Thursday nights and Saturdays for six months, and is conveniently located in either Saint John or In Valparaiso. Upon completion of the academy, the acquisition of requisite state certifications, you will be an active Firefighter. After obtaining the rank of Firefighter, members may continue their education in both EMS and advanced fire disciplines over time.

EMS Training

After successful completion of Fire Academy, candidates not already in possession of an EMS certification will be encouraged to enroll in a local, state-accredited EMS program to earn their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. Both accelerated (weekday) and evening classes are available through various EMS providers in the NWI Region. All tuition may be covered by the LOFSVFF Fundraising, given a candidate is an active participant in the department.