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The Illinois State Fire Marshal says it is giving the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute a $65,000 grant to help pay for training for young people interested in firefighting.

The Fire Marshal's office says in a news release the money will help pay for the Explorer-Cadet Hands-on Training School next year. More than 300 potential firefighters between the ages of 15 and 21 are registered to participate.

The training at the institute's Champaign campus will focus on rescue techniques, hazardous materials handling and other areas. Other training will also be offered at sites around the state.

The 2013 training will be the 10th year for the 4-day program.

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