Citizens Fire Academy
Columbia Fire & Rescue's Citizens Fire Academy is free a six-week program that provides adults age 18 and up with the opportunity to learn all about what it takes to be in the fire service. Under close supervision of CFR personnel, citizens will use the skills and knowledge they will have obtained in the classroom to participate in hands on department activities including, donning and doffing firefighter turnout gear, deploying hoses, placing ladders, and performing search and rescue operations. Participants will get to witness a mock life-saving vehicle extrication, learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, perform CPR and gain an understanding of basic and advanced life support skills. The Citizens Fire Academy is a great way to learn more about the day to day operations of your local fire department! Participants will receive t-shirts to wear during class while performing hands on activities. At the end of the six-week academy participants and their families will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony where they will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Please email Community Risk Reduction Coordinator Hanna Miller
if you are interested in signing up for Citizens Fire Academy Spring 2023.
Requirements & Expectations:
All three forms (available below) must be submitted before participating in the Citizens Fire Academy. Forms may be submitted to Community Risk Reduction Coordinator Hanna Miller or dropped off in person to Administration between the hours of 7:30am-4:30pm at Fire Station No. 1 located at 1000 S Garden Street. You will receive an email confirming your registration after your application has been processed (1-3 business days).
If at any time a participant does not feel comfortable taking part in any activity he or she is to immediately notify the officer in charge