Rushing into a smoke-filled building to rescue a victim, putting out raging gas flames and cutting a victim out of a wrecked car are only a few of the activities citizens can experience as a participant in the Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) Citizen Fire Academy.
“The Citizen Fire Academy is a unique program we offer to give community members the education and experience to safely understand the operations and functions of the fire department,” explained CCFR Chief Russ Mason. “Participants are given a chance to interact with the firefighters, learn about the fire service, and receive hands-on experience with some of the tasks and tools used to fight fires and save lives.”
The eight-week academy, which starts on Sept. 9, meets every Wednesday evening for hands-on classes. During the last academy session, participants conduct a live action exercise at the CCFR training facility.
Participants must live within the CCFR district, be at least 21 years old, provide proof of health insurance and sign a waiver release. A $25 administration fee helps cover the costs of the program.
Additional information is available by contacting Engineer Brian Beasley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (636) 970-9700.