Want to know the ins and outs of being a firefighter? Join the second annual Citizens Fire Academy class and receive hands-on experience pertaining to the activities associated with being a member of the team.
Marilyn Doty was a member of the first class.
“The Citizens Fire Academy opened my eyes to the dangers, responsibilities and the dedication these men have to their department,” said Doty. “We should all be very proud of our firemen.”
Applications are being accepted through Aug. 31 for the next Citizens Fire Academy. The class begins in September and is held at McMinnville Fire Department.
“We still have openings,” said McMinnville Fire Department Capt. Phil Mitchell. “The class is very informative. The first class members seemed to really enjoy themselves. I know the firefighters enjoyed it.”
Class sessions will include hands-on experience with a fire engine ride, CPR training, fire prevention techniques, fire codes, self-contained breathing apparatus, and fire hose training.
The dates for the academy are Sept. 19 through Nov. 14. Classes are three hours long, from 6-9 p.m. The classes are offered each Thursday night, except for Oct. 17 due to fall break for local students.
The session is free. Candidates must be 18 years old, sign a hold-harmless agreement, be required to pass a background check, and must commit to missing no more than one class.
Applications for the eight-week course are available at McMinnville Fire Department Station 1 on Main Street. For more information, call 473-3435.