Firefighter for a day – 2014


ff4dSaturday May 17, 2014 8:00am – 1:00pm

 The African American Firefighters & Paramedics League, in conjunction with the Chicago Fire Department is presenting “Firefighter 4 A Day” to give children the opportunity to see firefighting from a firefighter’s point of view. This opportunity will familiarize young potential firefighters with some of the history, practices and procedures of fire departments.

 In our communities, we no longer hear children say ”I want to be a fire-fighter when I grow up!” We feel that this is in part due to the fact that the children may not be prepared when the opportunity arises. Our goal is to give the children a sense of direction and understanding as to what is required (such as education, commitment and pride) in order to be a Chicago Fire Department Firefighter. We realize that we can be very influential in a child’s life not only by what we say, but by what we do. As a public relations event, we can maximize this opportunity to instill hope in these children that they too, could be fire fighters if they put forth the effort to do so.

 During “Firefighter 4 A Day”, the children will get an understanding of what it is like to be a firefighter.  There will be several activities geared toward familiarizing our children with the firefighter culture. This event will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Quinn Fire Academy (558 W. Dekoven) from 8:00 a.m -1:00p.m.

 Participants will include children aged 8 – 15 years old. A waiver must also be completed prior to any participation of this project.

 Our instructors will consist of members of The African American Fire-fighters & Paramedics League and other members of the Chicago Fire department.

 So please come out and participate in the Firefighter 4 a Day program and meet some African American Firefighters that work in your neighborhood and throughout the state.

 To register for this event please send your child’s name, age & t-shirt size to John Cooper at

 NOTE : Due to time and facility constraints, we are forced to limit the number of participants to 110.

 0930, members will be divided into companies and assigned an Officer who will guide them through each station. At each station there will be an instructor to tell them about that particular station

 **Each Station will last approximately 30 Minutes**


There will be a total of 5 stations. A description of each station is as follows:

Station 1 History of the Chicago Fire department. This will give a brief summary of how Chicago Fire Department Operates and why rules and regulations are important in the operation of our duties.

Station 2 Companies will have to “don” fire gear quickly. This event will be timed.

Station 3 While In Fire Gear, Companies will search for an exit in a simulated house (RIT house) using what is called a right handed search

Station 4 companies will practice rolling fire hose for storage. This event will be timed.

Station 5 Companies will receive a brief overview of some of the Chicago Fire Department’s specialty apparatus. At the end of which companies will learn to “bed” fire hose.

 *The Survive alive house will be available for members “not ready” for the RIT house

 After each company has reported to all five stations, the will adjourn to the cafeteria for lunch until notified to report to the drill yard for dismissal.

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