Always wanted to be a firefighter? Then you’ll love this


A 10-week program designed to give Evanston residents a taste of what it’s like to be a firefighter is scheduled for a September 11 launch.

The Citizen Fire Academy, as it is called, will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Evanston Fire Department facility at 909 Lake St.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, and space is limited to about 20 students.

Following an introduction to the department and its mission, the program will cover self-contained breathing apparatus; fire prevention, alarm panels and sprinkler systems; engine company and truck company operations; vehicle extrication; special teams that deal with hazardous materials, water rescue, and technical rescue; and dealing with live burns.

The academy will conclude with a formal graduation for students who complete all of the program's requirements.

For more information, check the city’s website or call Tim Gobat at (847) 866-5940.



Charles Bartling

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 stations and business-oriented magazines.

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