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Citizens Fire Academy



Thursday, April 6th - Thursday, May 11th

A majortity of citizens view firefighters as individuals sitting around the firehouse waiting for the alarm to sound. This infers that the fire/rescue and emergency medical service is a passive or dormant operation that only springs into action when called upon. Movies and the media have established the image of firefighters as heroes who save lives and fight fires, but there is little or no mention of all the hours of continued training that goes on, or the numerous day-to-day tasks each shift is responsible for, and the additional services the Department provides to our citizens.

The Citizens Fire Academy will familiarize and inform participants of the services and operations firefighter/paramedics provide through a hands-on approach. Further, through education, demonstration, and participation, they will learn how to create a safer home and workplace through fire prevention and extinguishing techniques.

During the six-week course, participants will learn about:

  • History & Overview of the Department
  • Fire Apparatus / Engine Operations
  • Fire gear & Emergency Medical Services
  • Incident Command
  • Mutual Aid
  • Auto Extrication
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Ladder Truck Operations
  • Fire Prevention
  • Special Teams

Classes are held Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Main Fire Station (255 W. Deerpath).  Participants must be at least 18 years of age and reside or own a business in Lake Forest or Lake Bluff.  The enrollment application may be obtained from the Fire Department or online: click here.

For further information, please contact Deputy Chief Kevin Cronin at 847-810-3865 or via email at

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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