Enrollment opens for Greenville Citizens Fire Academy


Participants will tour the fire stations and dispatch center, experience a fire simulation and learn how to a extinguish a fire.   File photo

Applications are being accepted for Greenville City Fire Department's (GCFD) free Citizens Fire Academy's seven-week program.

The program is open to adults and offers a chance to learn what it is like to fight fires. Participants will tour the fire stations and dispatch center, experience a fire simulation and learn how to a extinguish a fire. They will also learn basic CPR and first-aid skills.

“Because we’re asking people to give up their evenings to spend time with us, we want to make sure they leave the academy with meaningful knowledge, skills and experience,” David Kerns, GCFD's chief of training, said. “So while we certainly hope that participating in our academy will help them gain an appreciation for what it’s like to be a firefighter, one of our main goals is to help them discover what a critical role citizens can play in helping us save lives and prevent fires in the first place.”

Classes take place one night per week at 6:30 p.m. starting Oct. 3, at 688 Mauldin Road. The deadline to apply is Sept. 25. Applications can be made online at http://www.greenvillesc.gov/FireAcademy.

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