For the average resident or cubicle dweller, the sight of firefighters running to a call, climbing ladders, and cranking out a fire hose makes a firefighter’s daily duties look endlessly exciting. Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD) is offering residents the opportunity to walk a mile in their boots through their Citizens Academy.
The Citizens Academy, first held in June 2014, is a free program designed for citizens who live or work in the CJCFPD’s protected areas who have a desire to learn about fire service.
Through interaction with firefighters and paramedics, classroom discussions, and hands-on skills, participants gain insight into the life of a firefighter.
Classes meet on September 10, 12, 17, 19, and 25 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm and September 28th from 9:00am—5:00pm.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and live or work within CJCFPD’s service boundaries. Registrants are asked to commit to attending all sessions.
The Citizen Fire Academy is limited to 20 students and registrants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We never make anyone do something they are not comfortable with. It is neat to see people take on their fears, such as the fear of heights. We allow students to ride our platform with the ladder truck and we always have those that say they never will, but by the end of class, they have done it,” CJCFPD Captain Derrick Llewellyn said.
To register for the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-229-2522 and ask for Captain Derrick Llewellyn.