Charlotte firefighters sound the alarm for their annual party
Citizen Fire Academy. The program is for people who want to learn more about the daily life of professional firefighters and raise their awareness of fire safety and life safety.
Program participants will be immersed in a rich learning environment that will give them an in-depth view of the services and capabilities of the Charlotte Fire Department. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to practice various skills of a professional firefighter.
“There are a lot of people who don’t know the fire department,” Charlotte Fire Captain Jason Cook said. fire is much more complex in terms of like all equipment, what firefighters do (with) all the certifications they hold.”
Cook and Captain Jalen Arnold coordinate the Citizen’s Fire Academy.
The goal of the academy is to teach each participant about the multitude of services and capabilities of the fire department and to provide them with a clear understanding of the department’s commitment to service.
Citizen’s Fire Academy is open to Charlotte residents 18 years of age or older.
“This program is designed so you can be as convenient or as inconvenient as you want. We’ll be releasing trucks, life jaws, and more to give people the ability to use them. People can use packs of air or people can see the air packs,” Cook said. “That’s all you want to do, or you can just sit back and observe.”
Participants are selected based on demographics and the citizen’s ability to reach other members of their community. In preparing for Citizen’s Fire Academy, efforts will be made to include the educational, religious and business communities.
From fire trucks to the emergency communications center, instructors are committed to providing the best learning experience. The nine-week academy begins August 12 and meets every Thursday from 6-8 p.m.
“The best part of Citizen Fire Academy is that people feel accomplished. Week 9 we graduate. What started as a group of strangers in week 1, week 9 everyone in the class feels like one big family,” Cook said. “It’s cool to sit back and watch relationships form and then build relationships with people who are in the academy.”
Program graduates will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program. There is no cost to participants; all materials are provided.
The Citizen’s Firefighter Academy is a learning experience and is not intended to train people to become firefighters or to assist in a fire.
August 11: Presentation of the program (week 1)
In this class, participants learn about the rich history of the Charlotte Fire Department and what it takes to become a Charlotte Firefighter, as well as the training it entails.
August 18: Familiarization with fire department devices, tools and equipment (week 2)
In this course, participants will become familiar with the various fire apparatus, tools and equipment used by firefighters. Additionally, there will be demonstrations of the tools and equipment and opportunities for hands-on experience with the tools and equipment during group exercises.
August 25: Emergency Management, Communication, Fire Investigation, Fire Prevention, Logistics (Week 3)
In this class, participants will learn about the multitude of divisions that encompass the Charlotte Fire Department. These include:
The role of the fire communication center and how 911 emergency calls are handled and dispatched.
The Fire Investigations Task Force and the work it is doing to determine the cause of the fire.
Fire Prevention and the inspections it performs to protect residents.
The role of emergency management personnel in man-made and natural disasters.
And the essential role of logistics, ensuring that the fire department is well equipped to accomplish its mission.
September 1: response and preparation of active shooters and police assistance (week 4)
In this class, participants will learn about the Charlotte Fire Police Assistance Companies, how they help the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and firefighters respond and prepare for incidents involving an active shooter, and how to control the bleeding of a victim after sustaining a traumatic injury. involving severe and uncontrolled bleeding.
September 8: Charlotte Fire Rescue Abilities (Week 5)
Learn about Charlotte Fire’s capabilities for special rescue situations involving water, structural collapse, confined spaces, and high and low angle rescues.
September 15: Hazardous Materials Response (Week 6)
In this course, participants will learn about the capabilities of the Charlotte Fire to mitigate incidents involving the unintentional or malicious release of deadly chemicals. Demonstrations will show the unique tools and equipment used by Charlotte Fire Hazardous Materials members.
September 22: Charlotte Fire Recruit Training (Week 7)
In this course, you will learn about the CFD training requirements and visit the training ground of the Training Academy.
September 29: Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (Week 8)
In this course, participants will learn aircraft rescue and firefighting operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Instructors will teach participants about the various devices and equipment used to fight fires involving aircraft emergencies. There will also be a live-fire demonstration with the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training Simulator.
October 6: Graduation Ceremony (Week 9)
Fire Chief Reginald T. Johnson and members of his command staff will be on hand to present a certificate of completion to each participant. Dinner will be served after the ceremony. Participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to celebrate their achievements.
SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR THE CHARLOTTE FIRE CITIZEN’S FIRE ACADEMY.