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2023 Citizens' Fire Academy

The City of Highland Park’s Citizens’ Fire Academy (CFA) returns this fall, offering community members the opportunity to step behind the scenes of Highland Park’s emergency response with in-depth training. CFA is an eight-week program held on Thursdays from September 7 through October 26, 6:30 – 9:30 PM at Fire Station #33 – Headquarters (1130 Central Ave., Highland Park.) Registration for the program is now open, and places are limited. Interested residents are encouraged to apply early. 

Now in its sixth year, the Citizens' Fire Academy provides participants with an experiential learning experience to better understand the work performed by firefighters on a daily basis. Training includes an introduction to the Highland Park Fire Department and the fire service, fire prevention, fire investigations, public education, and a tour of the Dispatch Center. In addition, participants will learn about self-contained breathing apparatus, engine and truck company operations, vehicle extrication, and emergency medical services, dive, technical rescues, hazardous materials, and live fire training.

To apply, please complete this application: Citizens Fire Academy Application 

For additional Citizen Fire Academy information, contact Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Gottschalk at or call the Fire Department at 847.432.0801.