The Champaign Fire Department completed the application process for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant made available to fire departments to fund professional development training for future fire officers. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the grant which will provide funding to the Champaign Fire Department for Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, and Incident Safety Officer certification classes.
The courses funded through this grant program will prepare our future Company Officers for the roles and responsibilities associated with directing crews during emergency response. Additionally, each member of the department is responsible for maintaining the safety and welfare of all department members. The Incident Safety Officer program ensures that all our members have the proper training and expertise to look for unsafe conditions and practices during emergency responses.
The grant cycle extends into August of 2021.