Citizen Fire Academy
Annually, the fire department conducts its Citizen Fire Academy with the purpose of enhancing and developing citizen awareness and understanding of the fire department’s role in the community. Lasting ten consecutive weeks, the academy’s goal is to improve the overall working relationship of citizens and firefighters by forming a partnership for a safer community.
The Mission of the Citizen Fire Academy is to enhance the relationship between the fire department and residents by creating a well-informed cross section of individuals. Citizen Fire Academy instructors convey information about the fire department and the fire service, in general, in a highly competent and professional manner through a series of classroom lectures, facility tours, demonstrations, and practical evolutions.
A typical academy course outline includes an overview of the fire departments, station tours, personal protective equipment demonstration and distribution, vehicle extrication, technical rescue, hazardous materials, engine and truck company operations, fire prevention, and emergency management.
The 2016 Citizen’s Fire Academy will be a joint effort between the Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon, and Dormont Fire Departments and will begin on September 14, 2016. Classes will meet primarily on Wednesday evenings from 7 pm to 10 pm with one Saturday session on November 5th and a Graduation Ceremony on Friday, November 11th..