The Evanston Citizen Fire Academy is the recipient of two grants totaling $7,000 that have been allocated for safety equipment for community members participating in the program.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber said a $4,000 grant from the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation were supplemented by a $3,000 donation from the Cherry Family Foundation.

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, Klaiber said.

Participants must be at least 21 years old and register with the Evanston Fire Department. 

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’s inaugural program will start Thursday, September 11, and conclude on Thursday, November 11. 

Additional information is available on the city’s website.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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