Foundation boosts Fire Explorer program

The city’s Fire Explorer program will receive a special boost, thanks to a grant from the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation, the city announced Thursday.

EPFF is a community group is a public-private group which identifies needed programs, equipment, and technology within the community and then creates partnerships with local business, residents and community members to meet those needs.

The group has pledged a grant of more than $5,300 to the city’s Fire Explorer program.

The program is geared to young adults who have an interest in the fire service.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber said the money will be used by the department to purchase needed safety equipment for the youth who participate in the program.

The program’s director, firefighter-paramedic Megan Kamarchevakul, added that “these funds will allow the students to fully participate in realistic fire scenarios such as auto extrication and forcible entry.”

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