Hands-on training for Fire College

By Anna Carrera , Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 06/05 2014 04:06PM

Updated 06/06 2014 06:15PM

Update: 3:12 pm, 6/6/14, Friday
RANTOUL -- Firefighters set some apartments on fire Friday. It was part of training for the University of Illinois' Fire Training College. There were three separate classes taking place, then students came together to practice their skills on the fire.

Organizers say they appreciate being able to use the buildings because it opens up opportunities outside their usual campus. Leaders say putting trainees in real-life scenarios helps build confidence.

Students wrap up classes Friday. A whole new group of students comes in Saturday morning.
Original: 4:06 pm, 6/5/14, Thursday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Volunteer firefighters from around the state had their first day of class at the University of Illinois. The Illinois Fire Service Institute had its 90th Annual Fire College. More than 600 signed up.

Thursday, they learned the basics like putting on equipment in one minute. For many of them, it's their first time coming into contact with real fire.

The city of Rantoul donated a few houses. Friday, they'll set it on fire and firefighters will have to put it out. Training lasts four days.

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