If you ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter, Daisy Mountain Fire Department has just the ticket: an eight-week course in which anyone—from gym rats to couch potatoes—can watch or experience directly how firefighters train.
The third annual Citizen Fire Academy, which starts Jan. 4, is open to anyone 18 and older. It is is designed to familiarize residents with fire department operations, explained DMFD spokesperson Paul Schickel. The course outline:
- Visit a fire station
- Learn the functions of the various trucks and specialized equipment
- Pull a hose and let loose the water
- Learn how calls are dispatched
- Get certified in CPR and first aid.
- There are two tracks:
Observation: “Many people have told us they’re interested in the class, but their fitness level is lacking,” Schickel told North Phoenix News. “They can still get an up-close look at our procedures and equipment.”
Do It: This one is “recommended for people who want a more hands-on experience,” Schickel said. Participants will actually experience firefighter training.
The course is not meant as a substitute for real firefighter training. “Someone seeking a career in the fire service would find this class interesting, but would probably be better served pursuing training through one of the community colleges,” Schickel said. DMFD isn’t hiring right now, he added, noting that the department recently hired 12 people.
Citizen Fire Academy
Eight Thursdays starting Jan. 4
Registration: Call 623-465-7400 or register online.
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