U of I Fire Service Institute Hosts Explorer-Cadet Fire School

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CHAMPAIGN – Over 120 Explorer-Cadet youth and their chaperones will attend the 13th Explorer Cadet Hands-On Fire Training School in Champaign from June 17 – 20.

This event is hosted by the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) on its Champaign training campus.

The event gives youth, ages 15 through 20, the opportunity to participate in live fire training. Explorer-Cadets from Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa will be taking part in the event.

Cadets can learn the basics and fundamentals of firefighting. These activities include: hose and ladder work, extinguishment and ventilation. Seasoned attendees will be able to take part in more complex activities such as coordinating fire attack exercises with fellow trainees.

Deputy Director of IFSI Jim Keiken says this event continues to draw in young, aspiring firefighters.

“IFSI is one of only a couple of institutions still using live fire as a training tool and for many, this is the only live-fire training they will receive throughout the year. Their safe and controlled experience at IFSI opens their eyes to what firefighting is really about,” Keiken explains.

The Illinois Fire Service Institute offers other training from HAZMAT and NIMS training to online classes. Other training is available throughout the state at Regional Training Center and local fire stations.

More information about the Explorer-Cadet Fire School can be obtained by contacting Jim Keiken at 217-300-4275 or by email at jkeiken@illinois.edu.

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