Firefighters announce Citizens Fire Academy
Officials are now accepting applications for the inaugural Citizens Fire Academy, a spin off of a similar annual police academy, that will give participants a glimpse at life as a firefighter in the High Country.
The academy will run eight weeks from Aug. 1 through Sept. 19, with classes every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and two Saturday sessions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s not a school to train future firefighters, but more an open house to allow members of the community to experience the responsibilities and jobs of local firefighters and to foster relationships between the departments and the public. Academy administrators hope the participants will become a “nucleus” of informed residents who understand and can provide insight to others on the function and services of local fire districts, according to a statement.
The academy is a joint effort of all of the local fire agencies and will cover a number of topics, including engine and truck company operations, emergency medical services, hazardous materials responses, fire prevention, CPR and wildland firefighting. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in a roundtable with the fire chiefs, various mock scenarios and a tour of the Summit County Communications Center in Frisco.
The project follows a successful Citizens Police Academy, which has been held in the fall for the last several years to support similar aims. Students of the police academy were exposed to protocols for hiring, traffic stops, felony arrests, SWAT team responses, use of force, investigations and courtroom procedures. The academy also included one day dedicated to understanding the fire service.
Those interested in attending the academy can download applications at http://www.highcountrytc.com
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