Citizen Fire Academy
The Citizens’ Fire Academy is a four-week program designed to educate and inform citizens about fire and emergency services achieving a greater understanding of the inner workings of Griffin Fire Rescue. The academy will be four weeks in length, two nights per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Classes will be held at Griffin Fire Rescue Station 2 located at 401 N. Expressway, Griffin, GA 30223. The instruction includes practical demonstrations that all participants are encouraged to participate in. However, because of the voluntary nature of the program, physical limitations of applicants will not be considered a reason for exclusion from the academy.
The goal of the Citizens’ Fire Academy is to:
- Provide residents a basic understanding of the tactics and strategies of firefighting and rescue operations.
- Provide a greater understanding of the services Griffin Fire and Rescue is able to provide.
- Encourage academy participants to return to their families and neighborhoods and share their experiences. This will provide more safety conscious and informed citizens.
- Provide an enjoyable, interactive atmosphere in which fire department members and citizens can share information and concerns.
It is imperative that all participants understand that the Citizens’ Fire Academy is intended to be an informative experience to provide insight into how the fire department functions and what services they provide. It is not intended to train participants as firefighters or assistants at any fires. It is not the Academy’s intent to train participants to a level where it is safe for him/her to involve themselves in any firefighting activity.
How the Citizens’ Fire Academy Benefits Residents:
- Citizens and the Fire/Rescue Service have an opportunity to work closely together
- Open lines of communication between community residents and their Fire/Rescue Service are enhanced
- Citizens gain the ability to make informed decisions regarding controversial fire prevention issues they may face in their communities
- Citizen involvement with their local community and Fire/Rescue Service is enhanced
- Citizens gain a better understanding of how their Fire/Rescue Service works and develop a more safety conscious and informed community.
- Citizens become aware of the problems facing their Fire/Rescue Service.
We hope the graduates of the Citizens’ Fire Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Fire/Rescue Service operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers and families to join Griffin Fire and Rescue in this rewarding program.
The classes are held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Classes are free of charge, but involve a commitment to attend all four weeks.
- Tour of Emergency Communications
- Fire Behavior & Fire Extinguisher
- Extrication and Technical Rescue Overview /Tools and Equipment
- Simulated Fire Scene Final Class / Questions & Answers / Graduation
The Academy will begin May 5th and run for four weeks ending May 28th, 2015. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.
Potential candidates for the Citizens’ Fire Academy must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum age of 18
- Live in City of Griffin
- Complete and return the signed application.
Participants will be chosen on a first come first serve basis. Class sizes are limited to twenty five students per session. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted as vacancies become available.
For more information on the Citizens’ Fire Academy, please contact (770) 229-6415. Download and print the application . Fax your completed application to (770) 229-6453 or mail to Griffin Fire Rescue, 401 N. Expressway, Griffin, GA 30223.