CERT Training Course

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The Orland Fire Protection District is hosting a new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class tentatively starting Tuesday, September 20th, 2016. The class will be held for eight consecutive Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Orland Fire Administration building (located at 9790 West 151st Street, Orland Park, IL 60462). The class is limited to residents of the Orland Fire Protection District and the minimum age to participate is 18.

The CERT Program is a national program that runs through FEMA that educates individuals about disaster response skills, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

For more information on the class and to sign up, please contact Lieutenant Bill Leddin at w.leddin@orlandfire.org.

We recently completed a pilot class and are looking forward to adding volunteer members to the organization.


On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, the Orland Fire Protection District held its first training class offering emergency response training to members of the public.

Fire Chief Michael Schofield said the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program gives members of the public hands-on experience in dealing with emergencies they might face every day.

The CERT training class was led by Lt. William Leddin and the final session was held Wednesday at the district’s training center at 10728 W. 163rd Place. It will be followed by another class that will be opened to public enrollment this Fall.

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On Tuesday (8/23/16) Certificates of Completion were awarded to the following Senior Advisory Council Members for successfully completing the 8-week CERT Program with the Orland Fire Protection District:

Jim Ballie, Carolyn Charz, Diana Husband, Phil Husband, John Meister, Dean Pritza, Mane Pritza, Sandy Scannell, Gail Spytek, Eric Steckhan, Caryl Tietz, and Curt Unander

Congratulations on a job well done!