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Live Out Your Firefighter Dreams at Evanston's Citizen Fire Academy

You won't fight actual fires, but you'll learn all about what firefighters do in this first-ever 10-week class.

The following is from the City of Evanston:

Community members are invited to participate in the Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services Department's first-ever Citizen Fire Academy beginning September 11, 2014.

The 10-week program is designed to give Evanston community members the opportunity to experience emergency services first-hand from a firefighter's point of view. The program consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week on Thursday evenings, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., through November 13. The Citizen Fire Academy course will conclude with a formal graduation for students who complete all of the program's requirements.

Participants must be at least 21 years old. Registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited to approximately 20 students.

For more information and to register, visit cityofevanston.org/cfa or contact Evanston FAO/Paramedic Tim Gobat at 847-866-5940, or tgobat@cityofevanston.org. A printable application is also available, and can be completed and dropped off at the Evanston Fire Department, 909 Lake St.

CURRICULUM SUMMARY 

  • Introduction to the Evanston Fire Department and the Fire Service
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Fire Prevention, Alarm Panels and Sprinkler Systems 
  • Engine Company Operations
  • Truck Company Operations
  • Vehicle Extrication 
  • Special Teams (Hazardous Materials, Water Rescue and Technical Rescue) 
  • Live Burns

For more information, please contact Evanston FAO/Paramedic Tim Gobat at 847-866-5940, or call 311(847-448-4311 outside of Evanston).

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