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Fire Academy offers citizens glimpse of life as firefighter
McMinnville Fire Department is offering its second annual Citizens Fire Academy class. The session offers its members hands-on experience in the life of a firefighter.

Sign-ups are being accepted for the second Citizens Fire Academy class offered by McMinnville Fire Department. The free program gives local citizens an inside look into the life of a firefighter.
The class begins June 9.
“We’re having it in the summer this year that way we can do more stuff outside,” said McMinnville Fire Department Capt. Phil Mitchell.
The course offers a glimpse into the life of a firefighter with a goal to foster public awareness and understanding of McMinnville Fire Department’s mission and role in our community through citizen participation and education.
Weekly sessions will offer instruction and hands-on experience in fire safety and survival, use of turnout gear and water hoses, first aid and CPR training, search and rescue, thermal imaging cameras, a trip to Fire Station 2, a ride in Tower 1, and a lift in the fire engine’s bucket.
Education can be fun. 
“Everything we do, we’ll be giving people the opportunity to try it,” said Mitchell. “We had a lot of fun with the first class. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I, personally, enjoyed offering the Citizens Fire Academy because, if we do it right, it will open up people’s eyes to what we actually do and give them an idea of the training that goes into being a firefighter. It’s not just putting water on a fire. When people take this class, they get to see that.”
The alumni Citizens Fire Academy class is gone but not forgotten. Those individuals are being asked to attend the first class June 9 and share their experiences with the next group. If possible, bring snacks to share.
Space is limited to approximately 20 in the second annual Citizens Fire Academy Class and the deadline to apply is May 31. Applications can be picked up and dropped off at McMinnville Fire Department on Main Street.
There is no cost to attend the academy. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, sign a hold-harmless agreement, pass a background check, and must commit to missing no more than one class.
Classes will be offered on Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. from June 9 through Aug. 4, skipping July 7 due to the July Fourth holiday. For more information, call 473-3435.