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The Southwestern Illinois College Fire Science program recently received accreditation for four of its certificates from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. Pictured, Fire Science Instructor Curt Lougeay, right, talks with fire fighters before a training exercise at the college’s Fire Science Training Center in Belleville.
The Southwestern Illinois College Fire Science program recently received accreditation for four of its certificates from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. Pictured, Fire Science Instructor Curt Lougeay, right, talks with fire fighters before a training exercise at the college’s Fire Science Training Center in Belleville. Provided

SWIC Fire Science program honored

Four fire science program certificates at Southwestern Illinois College were recently approved by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.

The accreditation for the following programs were extended: Fire Service Instructor I, Fire Service Instructor II, Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II certificates. The other certificates — Fire Fighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations — have been accredited since October 2014.

“This accreditation means we’re meeting the highest standards for fire science education,” said SWIC Fire Science Program Coordinator Lee Smith in a news release. “Students and local fire departments know they are getting quality education and training from SWIC.”

O’Fallon Fire Chief Brent Saunders said he is on the advisory board for the Fire Science Program and obtaining IFSAC on the national level is “very tedious process to go through.”

Saunders said he has six firefighters currently enrolled in the year-long program at SWIC.

“Typically we have four to six from the O’Fallon Fire Department in the program at SWIC, and we have others occasionally train in the hazmat and fire officer classes too,” Saunders said.

Four Paws helps raise funds for Pedal the Cause

O’Fallon Four Paws Animal Hospital is one of seven Kennelwood Pet Resorts that helped raise $12,000 for Pedal the Cause in its mission to live in a world without cancer.

All locations sold Riley’s Organics Dog Treats for a $10 donation to the cause, as well as there Kennelwood staff participated in additional, internal fundraising events to raise the money. Since 2011, Kennelwood Pet Resorts have raised $45,000 for Pedal the Cause.

Four Paws Animal Hospital is located at 2006 W. U.S. 50 in O’Fallon.

New ADA compliant doors installed at St. Clair Bowl

St. Clair Bowl had new ADA compliant doors installed after a woman crashed into the last entrance over the summer.

Nancy Chase, St. Clair Bowl representative, said the damage was costly, but since the entrance doors were damage in the crash, it was an opportunity for the company to install ADA compliant doors.

According to information obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests from the O’Fallon Police Department, the driver of the 2004 Dodge Stratus SE vehicle was Tiffany A. Conklin, 35, which impacted the St. Clair Bowl building between 12:50 a.m. and 12:56 a.m. on July 30, 2016.

Conklin told police she had left her boyfriend’s home at 12:50 a.m. and was headed to work traveling southbound on Old Collinsville Road. St. Clair Bowl is located at 5950 Old Collinsville Rd., which the Illinois Traffic Crash report states is about 230 feet north of Ashland Avenue.

Conklin told police she did not remember going off the road, but remembered somebody pulling her out of her vehicle. The report states Conklin didn’t show signs of intoxication.

O’Fallon Police Det. Brian Gimple said the case has since closed with no citations issued.

SIBA donates to local food pantries

The Southern Illinois Builders Association, based in O’Fallon, recently donated 110 food items along with $500 in donations to Belleville and O’Fallon food pantries, after holding its annual fall industry reception and meeting in conjunction with the Leadership Development Council food drive.

To date in 2016, the O’Fallon Community Food Pantry has filled an average of 320 family requests for food per month, according to John Clatanoff, board president.

The food items and cash donations were split between the two pantries.

If you have a news tip, email reporter Robyn L. Kirsch at rkirsch@bnd.com.

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