Have ever wondered what it takes to become a firefighter? Are you interested in learning about the Wheaton Fire Department and how it operates? If so, the Wheaton Fire Department invites you to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will have you gearing up in fire equipment and learning what the life of a Wheaton firefighter is really like.
The Citizens Fire Academy is an 8-week course offered exclusively to Wheaton residents. The academy runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 6 through Oct. 25, 2022. The program covers everything from day-to-day fire station operations, breathing apparatus, vehicle extrication, and much more. The academy will culminate with the opportunity to extinguish a fire at the Carol Stream burn tower.
To take part in the Citizens Fire Academy, you must be a Wheaton resident who is at least 18 years old. Participants should plan on attending all eight weeks of the academy, as the information and skills learned will build upon prior sessions.
There is no fee to participate in the Citizens Fire Academy and no minimum level of physical fitness required. Academy instructors will modify activities to meet individual abilities. The Wheaton Fire Department intends for the Citizens Fire Academy to represent a cross-section of the community, including a wide range of ages and abilities.
Registration is now open and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis, with the deadline to register of Aug. 20. To register, please visit the City's website at www.wheaton.il.us/FireAcademy, or call 630-260-2175 and provide your name, address, and phone number.
Check out this short video preview of the Citizens Fire Academy.