Our annual Citizens Fire Academy enhances and develops the community’s awareness and understanding of our role.
Many of Mt. Lebanon’s volunteer firefighters decide they want to join the company after participating in the Mt. Lebanon Citizens’ Fire Academy. It’s a perfect look into the job of a firefighter, including simulations, demonstrations and real-world scenarios. Now, the job of a first responder has been in the spotlight and many more of you have considered answering the call to help.
Consider this your invitation to see us firsthand: The fire department is forging ahead with the 2020 Citizens’ Fire Academy, infused, of course, with plenty of safety precautions. The free Academy will run September 23 through November 13, with outdoor sessions and a smaller cohort to provide for appropriate social distancing. Most classes are on Wednesdays at the Public Safety Center, 555 Washington Road, but a special Saturday session will take participants to the Washington County Fire Academy. Graduation is at the Mt. Lebanon Public Safety Center on Friday, November 13. Registration is open to Mt. Lebanon residents.
Classes include such topics as: fire science, extinguishers, forcible entry search, thermal imaging, ladders, auto extrication and fire prevention.
Because we don’t know the trajectory of the pandemic, we have to note that the Academy could be cancelled if we believe we can’t do it safely. In the meantime, we are working to make it fun, informative and a great preview of what life is like on the front lines.