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The Citizens Fire Academy was initiated in 2000 to help citizens understand the operations of the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department and fire services in general. The academy is divided into three areas: classroom participation, tours of facilities and hands-on experience. Citizens learn simple first aid and CPR, get to ride with firefighters during real emergencies and dedicate one day at the Fire Training Center to experience the use of the “Jaws of Life,” handling a fire hose and wearing firefighting protective clothing while going through a simulated building fire.
The program is open to anyone, 17 years or older, who is interested in fire service. The program is not designed for people seeking a career in fire services. Although the class provides a good overview, it is general in nature and not as technical as some fire science courses available at the community college.
The academy is divided into two classes. One class meets on Tuesday nights (Class A) and the other meets on Thursday nights (Class B). Students are required to attend only one class per week. Class times are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The program includes 10, three-hour classes, a required ride-along for four hours and a six-hour "hands-on" class at the fire training center, for a total of 40 hours.
The Citizens Fire Academy director is Timothy R. Szymanski, public information officer for the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department. Personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department and members of other organizations teach the academy classes.
The academy is held once each year, February through May. Applications are available during December. Candidates who are selected are notified in January. Classes begin in February.
Effective with the Class of 2004, all applicants must submit to a background check for security reasons.
If selected, academy participants must understand the following requirements:
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