7,046 Firemen Trained By Illinois U. Last Year
Last year 7,046 firemen took part in the University of Illinois training programs. Nearly 1,200 different departments—all but about 125 of them composed entirely of volunteers — protect lives and property in Illinois. In the volunteer companies, there is an annual membership turnover of about 25 per cent, making training a continuing necessity.
The University’s firemanship training program in 1957-58 included seven specialized training courses; eight regional schools throughout the state; 23 basic training courses in individual communities; 10 fire officer refresher classes; lecture-demonstrations at firemen’s association meetings, and the 34th annual Illinois Fire College.