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.