Frankfort Trains the Next Generation of Firefighters

The fire protection district will host a statewide fire school on Nov. 3. However, the district teaches aspiring firefighters all year round with its internal cadet program.

The Frankfort Fire Protection District will host a one-day statewide cadet fire school facilitated by the Illinois Fire Service Institute on Nov. 3.

The program is expected to draw 40-70 cadets from across the state, according to Brian Adcock, a firefighter engineer and training coordinator for the district.

The district received a grant from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal to host the event. Cadets who attend will learn firefighting skills, such as how to use a breathing apparatus and deploy ladders.

This is the second time Frankfort has hosted the event.

Frankfort is one of a handful of suburbs that oversees an ongoing training program geared toward preparing young people for a career in firefighting.

The Frankfort Fire District Cadet Program is more than 30 years old and is open to young people between the ages of 16 and 21.

“Everything I’ve known in fire service, I learned from the cadet program,” said Jordan Kreml, who is the district cadet program's chief.

The volunteer paramilitary training program teaches fire service history and EMS services. Cadets are encouraged to pursue EMT training at age 18. They then attend the Frankfort Fire Basic Operations Fire Academy, followed by paramedic school. Cadets who follow the trajectory of the program are typically prepared to begin a career in fire service by age 21.

Kreml is currently enrolled in EMT training and hopes to enter the fire academy in January.

According to Adcock, the cadet program instills participating young adults with a sense pride, respect and discipline. Cadets provide public education about fire safety, ride along with professional firefighters, volunteer in the community and service the district’s firefighter rehab unit in extreme weather.

Approximately 13 former cadets are now professional firefighters for the Frankfort fire district.

The program is funded by the Frankfort Fire District Foundation, fire station vending machines and a small portion of the district general fund.

Cadet program applications are accepted as needed on a quarterly rolling basis. To apply, visit the fire district website.

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Steven McCaffery October 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Although I can understand where you may be frustrated with high taxes, you really do need to understand the high quality of service you receive for the price you pay. And what price can you put on the quality and speed of service that those firefighters provide for their residents?
Eric Blair October 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I've read your rebuttals and stand by my first post. Fire protection/ambulance has become a RACKET. Plus I'm sick of hearing how hard you have it. FYI, we all could write a few pages on our tough life. The fact is at last look 11 fireman in Mokena made six figures and a lot more than that in Orland made six figures. Stop your whining, it's tough all over and you cost too much.
Mark Sway October 25, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Ok then guyblow what do you think firemen should make?Also look at the amount over time those men needed to work to make six figures.
John Bauer October 26, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Oh Mr. Blair, how ridiculous you sound when you write comments about a fire department wanting to train young innocent men and women that are looking for a rewarding and gratifying career. It appears that you have used 911 before or have been involved with the law and were not happy how you were treated so you feel it necessary to come on here and bash an article which has nothing to do with your comments. But I will answer this for you, I know some fire fighters and I will tell you first hand that if they did make six figures as you claim, it was due to hard working, training, schooling and required certification classes needed to respond to emergencies that residents rely on. Mr Blair maybe you should take a look at your tax bill and truly understand how little goes to fire/Ems services, but what does it matter, you should be happy that there is reliable fire/Ems services, reliable schools and excellent teachers out there that work just as hard to give educations to children. Oh wait maybe you don't have an education based off the ridiculous comments and rebuttals you pose on here. You should think before you write sir. God bless our emergency services/ and teachers. They deserve all they get.
Anna Schier October 26, 2012 at 04:00 AM
resident, Your comment was deleted because it contained numerous personal attacks and was in violation of our commenting policy. Anna


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