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updated: 8/12/2014 3:15 PM

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.

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

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