Citizen Fire Academy offers taste of fire, medical services

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Sierra Vista, AZ.  08/02/16. Area residents can gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a firefighter and paramedic in the Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services’ upcoming Citizens Fire Academy.

At no cost, participants in the academy will learn about this exciting profession in the classroom and through hands-on training covering areas like search and rescue, firefighting, fire prevention, emergency medical services, and safety practices that can be applied at home and in the workplace. The academy will include the opportunity to ride with duty crews responding to real emergency calls.

“There’s no better way to get a sense for what your local firefighters do and how your fire department operates,” says Capt. Bob Fields, Citizens Fire Academy coordinator. “You’ll also walk away with knowledge you can apply at home and at work to be better prepared for emergency situations.”

The Citizens Fire Academy starts on Thursday, Aug. 18, and runs for nine weeks. Participants will meet each Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Applications are due on Friday, Aug. 12. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

To apply, pick up an application from any Sierra Vista fire station or download it online at by searching for “Citizens Fire Academy.” Once completed, applications can be turned in at any Sierra Vista fire station. For more information, contact Capt. Bob Fields at (520) 417-4400.