Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Orland Fire District offers classes for babysitters

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Orland Fire District offers classes for babysitters

Orland Park, IL -- The Orland Fire Prevention District is hosting its annual babysitter latchkey kid program for district children.

The program training is designed to help babysitters better understand and prepare for potential emergencies, and address issues including communications, first aid, fire safety, crime safety, weather awareness, and child interaction.

“The need for this program: is ever present as families are started and grow through life,” said Fire Inspector Patrick G. Collier, who is with the Fire Prevention Bureau.

“There are reasonable needs for properly trained babysitters.  A trained babysitter plays an integral part of early child development.  Little children are not self-sufficient and a trained babysitter can be a great asset to the child and the child’s family.”

Participation is limited to 30 students. Applications can be found online at the Fire District website at Applicants should download and complete the application and return it to the OFPD Administration Building at 9790 W. 151stStreet in the Main Conference Room.

Fire Chief Ken Brucki said that too often, babysitters often receive no training to deal with emergencies. He praised Collier for his dedication to bringing this issue to the public's attention.  

"I was excited to learn that Pat Collier was so passionate in his presentation for support to host the program.  Pat, as well as our entire public safety division, continually work on efforts to pass along public safety and education information for the residents we serve," Brucki said.

"A babysitter is a very responsible position watching over our most valuable assets, our children.  We are proud to be able to offer some additional safety education and experiences for the young adults looking to take on the responsibility of watching our children."

The classes shall be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm October 30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4.

A $30 fee is required for each participating student.

For more information, contact Patrick Collier at 708-873-2741 or by email at