Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter? How cool it would be to use the ‘Jaws of Life’ and cut up a car? How about going into a burning building and rescuing a victim? Does climbing up a 100+ foot aerial ladder sound intriguing? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the 2018 Citizen Fire Academy wants you!

The mission of the Citizen Fire Academy is to create a well-informed cross section of the citizens from our community by describing the functions of the Naperville Fire Department. It acquaints the public through a series of classroom and hands on courses utilizing the resources and manpower of the Naperville Fire Department. It exposes the very nature of firefighting along with the danger and benefits it holds.

Topics covered include: Fire Department Orientation, Apparatus Orientation, Fire Behavior, Search and Rescue, Hose and Ladders, Air Pack training, Arson Investigation, Public Education, Auto Extrication, etc.

The Citizen Fire Academy is a program designed to give participants a working knowledge of the Naperville Fire Department. The program consists of brief classroom discussions, with a primary focus on hands-on exercises that may include a variety of physical activities including but not limited to standing, climbing, lifting, bending, crawling, etc. All are welcome and no one is excluded based on physical limitations.

Classes are held once a week, on Monday nights from 6PM until 9PM. The academy is conducted over an 8-week period, beginning April 2 and concluding on May 21, 2018. There is one academy a year and each one is limited to 12 students. There is no fee for anyone who enrolls. We are currently taking applicants for the 2018 academy.

Through the implementation of the Citizen Fire Academy, the Department offers its citizens insights into how firefighters/paramedics perform their duties, as well as how the department serves the community. Individuals who would like to participate in the Academy must be at least 18 years of age.

Anyone wishing to apply, or just seeking more information about the Citizen Fire Academy should contact me at soraya.mclaughlin@naperville.il.us. Everyone who has taken this class leaves saying it was the best thing they ever did. Come join us!