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Valdosta Fire Department to host Citizens Fire Academy

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Jul 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-16 22:15:00-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - The Valdosta Fire Department is preparing to host its annual Citizens' Fire Academy.

The academy runs on eight consecutive Tuesday nights, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning on September 9 and lasting through October 28.  Citizens must be at least 18 to enroll, and complete a background check, as well as a waiver.

Valdosta Fire Chief Freddie Broome will ask all participants for their commitments to attend all eight weeks.  The program is scheduled as follows:

Week 1: Fire Department Overview

Week 2: Communication

Week 3: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Self-Containing Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and Search and Rescue

Week 4: Vehicle Extrication

Week 5: Fire Safety and Fire Extinguishers

Week 6: CPR/First Aid

Week 7: Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) and Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat)

Week 8: Final Review and Graduation

The inaugural class is limited to 18 participants, and the deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Click here to download the application.

 For more information about the Citizens Fire Academy, call the VFD at (229) 333-1835 or visit the VFD website.