Downers Grove takes part in four-week training program at Midwestern University
The Downers Grove Fire and Police departments recently successfully completed four weeks of intense training at Midwestern University.
The training took place over 18 days in five, three-story dormitories that are scheduled for demolition on the campus at 555 31st St. in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Approximately 500 participants from 12 departments, including some from Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, took part in the training.
The firefighters specifically took part in 91 live burn evolutions.
"Thanks to the generosity of our university partners, we were able to use live fire evolutions to challenge our suppression skills in an 'as close to a real life environment' as you can get," Downers Grove Fire Chief Jim Jackson said.
Also, law enforcement agencies conducted a series of training exercises at the campus, including rapid deployment scenarios, with some in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
"The police department takes training very seriously and this type of venue allows us to take full advantage to sharpen our skills in a realistic environment," Downers Grove Police Chief Robert Porter said.