EPFF awards grant funding to Citizen Fire Academy

The Evanston Police and Fire Foundation have awarded grant funding to the Evanston Citizen Fire Academy program. Below is a press release with more information on the funding:

EVANSTON, IL - Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber announced this week that the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation (EPFF) awarded grant funding to support the Evanston Citizen Fire Academy program. Chief Klaiber stated the funds obtained through the EPFF grant of $4,000 were supplemented by a $3,000 donation from the Cherry Family Foundation to benefit the Citizen Fire Academy program. This will allow Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services to purchase a portion of the needed safety equipment for community members to participate in the inaugural program.

The Citizen Fire Academy is an initiative to provide community members the opportunity to experience emergency services first-hand from a firefighter’s point of view. Participants must be at least 21 years old and register with the Evanston Fire Department. Please note, registration is full for the upcoming fall program.

The 10-week 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. The Academy will start Thursday, September 11, 2014 and conclude on Thursday, November 11, 2014 with a formal graduation for participants who complete all the program’s requirements. Program Director and Evanston Fire Apparatus Operator/Paramedic Timothy Gobat would like to thank the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation and the Cherry Family Foundation for their support. “These funds will allow our citizens to fully participate in realistic fire scenarios such as engine and truck company operations, forcible entry and auto extrication,” stated FAO/PM Gobat.

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