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Posted on: January 22, 2018

[ARCHIVED] 2018 Spring Citizens Fire Academy Sign-Up

Village of Westmont
Published: January 22, 2018

The Westmont Fire Department announces open registration for the 2018 Spring Citizens Fire Academy.  The Citizens Fire Academy will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for five weeks from March 20 through April 17, with the graduation ceremony on April 17. The Citizens Fire Academy program is designed to help citizens better understand the Department’s firefighting and rescue operations as well as the multitude of services it provides to the community.  The five-week course is not designed to train future firefighters, but to educate residents who are interested in gaining an insider’s view of the lives of professional firefighters and EMS personnel. 

The course also provides fire safety training for the home and workplace.  Participants experience the world of emergency services through hands-on activities.  The curriculum is divided into three areas:  classroom participation, hands-on practical training and live fireground activities.  CPR and first aid is also covered during the course.  Every aspect of the program is voluntary, so if a participant prefers to observe rather than take part in a particular exercise, the experience will be adapted to ensure that the activity is interesting and enjoyable. 

Participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, of good standing within the community, and reside or work within the Village of Westmont.  There is no fee to attend. For further information or to request an application, please contact Chris Hardy at the Westmont Fire Department, 630-981-6400 or


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Communications Director/Public Information Officer


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