Young Firefighters Train At Illinois Fire Training Institute

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“CHAMPAIGN – This weekend the Illinois Fire Training Institute is being taken over by young people hoping to get their start as a firefighter. WCIA-3’s Lindsey Gordon has the story.

These kids actually pay to get this experience. They could be spending this hot weekend by the pool or in the air-conditioned mall. Instead they’re putting on 60 pounds of gear and walking into burning buildings.

“Is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life?” said Doug Mitchell, a recent high school grad and a student training this weekend.

That’s the question the Explorer Cadet Fire School is supposed to answer.

Nearly 220 kids between 15 and 20 will spend the next few days doing intense live fire training.

Mitchell says he wants to fight fires for two reasons: he wants to help people and be part of a team.

“We just work hard together and just like to help people and aid the community,” he said.  

This is his second year here and he says he appreciates how the instructors try to keep the training fresh.

“You’re learning the same concepts, but in different ways,” he said.  

Shelby Saunders visiting from O’Fallon would agree, “Trainings changes, the equipment changes, you definitely have to keep up on it.”

This will be Saunders’ fourth year as an Explorer Cadet.     Full Story Continued…

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