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A message from Foundation President Chief Andrew O'Donnell (ret)

The Educational & Research Foundation is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit corporation. The IFCA Foundation was incorporated on December 20, 1978, and amended May 20, 1980 to operate as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Illinois;

The Foundation Board consists of seventeen (17) individuals from the fire service, corporations and small business and are appointed for a three-year term. The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association’s Second Vice-President by virtue of the office serves as a Foundation member. Appointments are made by the IFCA Foundation President, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association’s President and by vote of the Directors serving on the Board of Directors.

The Educational & Research Foundation’s mission is to:

  • To provide Fire Officer I, II, Company Fire Officer, Advanced Fire Officer and Chief Fire Officer Certification courses;
  • To provide educational scholarships and grants to students, educational institutions, municipal and state governmental units, and fire departments for under-graduate, post-graduate, and vocational education, training, and research;
  • To conduct or cause to be conducted research and development of managerial and personnel systems, education, and training for governmental and fire service administration;
  • To conduct or cause to be conducted research and development of managerial and personnel systems, education, and training for governmental and fire service administration;
  • To conduct seminars, mini-symposiums on current fire service topics as needed.
PO Box 7, Skokie, IL 60076-0007
Tel: 847.966.0732 / 800.662.0732
Fax: 847.966.0782
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