Citizens Fire Academy


The Citizens Fire Academy is a free, 11-week program designed to give community members an overview of how their local fire department operates, with lots of hands-on participation. Classes meet one night a week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (some classes may be shorter or longer). The purpose of the Citizens' Academy is not to train an individual to be a firefighter, but to produce informed citizens, and build long-lasting relationships with residents in the community.

Students will be provided academy shirts and be given an opportunity to ride along to observe fire service operations (some restrictions may apply). Participants will receive a certificate of program completion as well as a CPR certificate.

Program topics may change based on current events, but classes typically include the following:

  • Orientation
  • Emergency Medical Services Operations
  • Special Topic and Current Events
  • Fire Ground Operations
  • Fire Investigation and Inspections
  • Extrication
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and AED
  • Rappelling
  • Make-up Day (if needed)
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and Search & Rescue
  • Live Burn
  • Graduation

Enrollment for the Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is ongoing and continuous.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply. All candidates accepted into the CFA will be subject to a background check. Any criminal history will disqualify an individual from participation in the program.

To apply for the Citizens’ Fire Academy, please submit an application by clicking HERE . You can get more information by contacting our Public Educator - Kerrie Lerman - at (513) 923-5072 or 

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