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Hoffman Estates Citizen Fire Academy taking applications

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Submitted by the Village of Hoffman Estates

The Hoffman Estates Fire Department is accepting applications for its 15th Citizen Fire Academy, which takes place in weekly three-hour sessions on Wednesdays between Sept. 3 and Nov. 5.

The program will give citizens an opportunity to participate in firefighter activities like scaling a 100-foot ladder and using the "Jaws of Life" to cut through a car, as well offer education on home fire safety, CPR, and the history of the fire department.

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Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live, attend school or work in the village. Classes take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Fire Station 24, 5775 Beacon Pointe Drive. Class size is limited, and spots fill up quickly.

For more information or to apply, contact Lt. Tony Butler at (847) 843-4825 or by email at tony.butler@hoffmanestates.org.

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