By TRAVIS MORSE firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Fire Department will offer fireworks training this month and in June for those interested in obtaining a consumer fireworks permit.
To receive a permit, you must successfully complete the training course in question. The permit is required in order to “purchase, possess and/or display 2.4g consumer fireworks in the State of Illinois,” states an MVFD news release.
The free course will cover several topics, including the safe handling of fireworks, the law as it pertains to fireworks, site set-ups and more, said Lt. Aaron Shook, public education officer with the MVFD.
Shook also said the class will provide information on how to deal with specific situations such as “dead” fireworks.
“We want to keep people safe and keep them from creating any fires or anything,” said Shook, who will teach the course. “It’s protecting lives and property.”
The Consumer Fireworks Training course will be held on several dates, including at 6:30 p.m. May 14, 10:30 a.m. May 17, 6:30 p.m. May 28, 6:30 p.m. June 4, 10:30 a.m. June 14, 6:30 p.m. June 25, and 10:30 a.m. June 28.
All classes will take place at the Municipal Building West, 200 Potomac Boulevard in Mt. Vernon. The course is about 60 to 90 minutes long.
At the end of the session, participants will be tested. To complete the class, you must pass with a 100 percent on safety questions and an 80 percent on the knowledge of fireworks, the news release states.
Shook said the training serves an important purpose. The ultimate goal is to prevent personal injuries and field fires that can be caused by fireworks, he said.
Seating will be limited to 18 people per class. If you want to take the course, you should RSVP no later than one day prior to the training session.
“I’ve been told the classes fill up fast, especially the closer you get to the Fourth (of July),” Shook said.
The course is open to the public. To sign up for training, contact Shook at 242-6835 Monday through Friday.
You must have a valid driver’s license or state photo ID to obtain a Consumer Operator Permit.