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The Evanston Fire Explorer program received a $5,300 grant this week from the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation to purchase safety equipment.

The program helps young adults between 14 and 20 to become familiar with career opportunities in the fire service.

The program director, Evanston firefighter/paramedic Megan Kamarchevakul, said the funds “will allow the students to fully participate in realistic fire scenarios such as auto extrication and forcible entry.”

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...

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