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Citizens’ Fire Academy to provide hands-on training and real-life experience

Jamey Vicars • Jul 4, 2019 at 7:30 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Fire Department will be hosting the Citizens’ Fire Academy on Thursday evenings from Aug. 8 to Sept. 26. The class will give participants an inside look at their fire department, with training provided in several areas. Registration for the class ends on Friday, July 26.

The Citizens’ Fire Academy is an eight-week class dedicated to increasing public awareness through education, demonstration and participation by the class members; and creating a safer home and work environment through fire prevention, extinguishment techniques and training.

The purpose of the course is to educate participants about KFD services, responsibilities and operations; to familiarize citizens with their fire department; for citizens to learn safely and take what they’ve learned back to the community.

“The Citizens’ Fire Academy is to help citizens understand a little bit of what goes on at the fire department. Let them get familiar with it and do some hands-on training. They will get to do some rappelling and see a live fire demonstration,” said KFD Public Education and Information Officer Barry Brickey.

The academy will culminate with a graduation dinner at Station 1 featuring a Fire Fighter Meal. Each participant who completes the academy will receive a commemorative certificate and a golf shirt proudly displaying their accomplishment as a Kingsport Fire Department Citizens’ Fire Academy Graduate.

The class will provide hands-on training and experience in the following areas:

  • Fire suppression (live fire training)
  • Fire prevention
  • KFD in the EMS system
  • Tactical rescue
  • Extrication
  • Haz-mat response
  • Protective clothing
  • SCBA
  • Organization of the department
  • KFD hiring practices
  • Training
  • Public education
  • Fire investigation

In light of class size limits of 15 and the number of requests, all participation requests may not be granted. Some members may want to consult a physician before participating due to the physical nature of some classes.

“It’s something we used to do a long time ago. We had it last year and had a huge response from the community, and we decided to try to do it every year,” said Brickey.

Participants must be at least 18 years old, and must complete the Citizens’ Fire Academy Request to Participate Form and return it to Station 1 before July 26. Ride along release forms will be available for completion at the first class session.

Participation forms are available at Station 1 at 130 Island St., Kingsport City Hall and by email at genelady@kingsporttn.gov. For more information, call Brickey at (423) 224-2820 or email Citizens’ Fire Academy coordinator Gene Lady at genelady@kingsporttn.gov.