Prairie State hosting Firepalooza workshops for firefighters on Saturday

2014-03-13T00:00:00Z 2014-03-13T17:31:32Z Prairie State hosting Firepalooza workshops for firefighters on SaturdayFor The Times
March 13, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Prairie State College is hosting “Firepalooza,” a daylong event of workshops for firefighters, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15, in the Conference Center on the PSC campus,at 202 S. Halsted St.

The keynote address, “Reading Smoke,” features speaker Dave Dodson, a retired battalion chief from Colorado. Dodsen has 30 years experience working in fire departments, beginning with the U.S. Air Force. He also served with the Parker and Loveland Fire Departments as well as the Eagle River Fire District. He has an associate degree in fire science and has taught fire service topics at community college, national, and international levels. He has authored numerous books and articles. He is the past recipient of the ISFSI George D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year Award. His video training series, “The Art of Reading Smoke,” is widely used in fire departments around the country.

Workshop topics include Executive Skills, Basic Firefighting Skills, Advanced Firefighting Skills, and Emergency Medical Services Skills.The Executive Skills workshops include a New Officers session, a Technology in the Classroom session, and a Training Officer 101 session. The Basic Firefighting Skills workshops include a Mayday lecture, A Forcible Entry hands on practical, and an SCBA hands on practical. The Advanced Firefighter workshops include a Reading Smoke lecture, Leadership lecture, and a Size-Up lecture. The Emergency Medical Services Skills sessions include hands on practicals in Patient Packaging, 12-Lead EKG, and Emergency Childbirth. More information on each of the sessions is available at

The event is presented in conjunction with MABAS 24, MABAS 27, SouthSide FOOLS, and Wilco FOOLS. The fee to attend is $25 per person, or groups can purchase tickets at a buy three, get one free discount.

The Fire Science program at PSC prepares students to pursue a career in fire science through a combination of classroom learning and simulated fire situations where you actually practice the skills you’ve learned. Students can earn an associate in applied science in Fire Science Technology, or earn certificates of achievement in Fire Science Technology, Basic Firefighter Operations, Firefighter III, or Firefighter/EMTF. For more information on the program, visit

For more information on Firepalooza, email

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