Thirteen valley residents will graduate from the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at the Charleston Heights Art Center, located at 800 Brush St. This is the 13th year of the annual program.
The class started the last week in February and met once each week for three hours. Topics included administration, emergency medical services, communications, fire safety and a variety of other fire related subjects. Participants also had the chance to participate in a ride along with a fire engine crew to see what responding to an emergency incident is like and take part in a “hands-on” day at the fire training center where they wore actual firefighter gear while participating in a number of events including using the “Jaws of Life” on a simulated auto accident and going through the burn practice building.
Students also had a chance to learn how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and how to use a fire extinguisher.
The participants consisted of students, professionals and retirees.
The mission of the Citizens Fire Academy is to give citizens an opportunity to learn how fire and rescue services operate in Las Vegas and to learn life-saving techniques, fire safety and how to prepare for disasters. Since 2000, there have been 19 classes, with more than 450 people completing the 10-week course. At least 12 past participants have gone on to become firefighters or members of other emergency services organizations. The academy is a part of the U.S. Fire Corps program that was initiated by President George W. Bush in 2004 and is used as a model for other fire departments to start Citizens Fire Academies in their communities. The program has received recognition from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Firehouse Magazine.
WHAT: Citizens Fire Academy Graduation
WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Charleston Heights Art Center / 800 Brush St. off W. Charleston Boulevard
WHO: 13 local residents who will graduate and various city and fire officials
NOTE: The handing out of certificates and pins will begin at 7:30 p.m.