Citizens’ Fire Academy class graduates

The class of spring 2018 Citizens’ Fire Academy graduates were honored at the latest County Board of Commissioners meeting. The next edition of the academy will start in August.

by Emma Smith

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services held the Citizens’ Fire Academy for the second year in a row, with 12 participants graduating.

The 10-week program, which ran from March to May, is dedicated to educating and informing citizens about the field of fire, emergency services, and emergency management.

Participants learned about the inner workings of the department including CPR, first aid training ,and automated external defibrillator training. They also took part in demonstrations in fire, emergency medical services, and environmental management systems.

Citizens’ Fire Academy participants try their hand at putting out a fire.

“[The program] is not built for recruitment or anything like that,” Deputy Fire Chief Tom Bartlett said. “It’s more of a way to get to know the department and understand what goes into its operation.”

Bartlett said the department is planning on having a new class kick off August 16.

Anyone interested in participating in the next program should contact Fire and Emergency Services at (770) 305-5414.

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