Citizen’s Fire Academy

A sculpture dedicated to the sacrifice of fire fighters on the fateful day of September 11, 2001 stands like a silent sentinel.
A sculpture dedicated to the sacrifice of fire fighters on the fateful day of September 11, 2001 stands like a silent sentinel.

The popular Citizen’s Fire Academy will be hosted once again by Greenville Fire and Rescue.  The ten week course is designed to educate and inform citizens about fire and emergency services, provide a basic understanding of strategy and tactics of fire suppression and a greater understanding of the services that Greenville Fire and Rescue offers. This will be the fourth academy hosted by the Greenville Fire Department.

The ten week course will begin on Thursday, September 24th at 6 PM and continue until 9 PM. A certificate will be given on the last course day on November 19th.  Participants will receive special training of proper fire extinguisher use, basic CPR, fire safety and prevention for the home and workplace, fire escape planning and much, much more. There will be two, 4-hour “play days” that will include motor vehicle extrication, rope rescues (high water), search and rescue, and ride outs with Greenville Fire Fighters.

Kelly Gaudreau of Greenville says “this is a must class for every citizen of Greenville”.  Kelly is the son of a fireman but he did not know the dedication and hard work that goes into being a fire fighter. The program is free but applicants must make a commitment to attend all ten weeks.  Spaces fill up quickly so it is recommended that you get your application in before  September 18th.

Fire Chief Doug Caison hopes that the class will take their new found skills back to the community and share with friends, family and co-workers.  Please contact Sylvia Rodriguez, GFD Fire Safety Education Coordinator, at (903) 457-2940 or drop by the fire station at 2603 Templeton Street and pick up and application.

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