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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.