Citizen Fire Academy

Next Citizen Fire Academy will begin--TBD!

Our Citizens’ Fire Academy (CFA) is a multifaceted program that will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the role the fire department serves in the community as well as give you the knowledge and skills to know what to do when a disaster occurs. The CFA will introduce you to life in the fire department as well as help you gain an understanding of the need for personal emergency preparedness over an 8-9 week program. The Shawnee CFA is a prerequisite to join the Citizen Support Team (CST) which you can read more about on the CST page. Because of the significant overlap of content, each evening of this program will provide you with blended content covering the topics seen below. At the end of the class, you have the choice of taking the CERT test and becoming a member of the Community Support Team, or graduating from the CFA and enjoying your newfound knowledge with no strings attached.

During the CFA you will learn about the responsibilities of the three divisions of the fire department (administration, fire prevention, and operations) through classroom settings, technical demonstrations, and participation in task-based scenarios. Some sessions will involve opportunities to participate in essential firefighting skills requiring physical agility, mobility, strength, and endurance (participation is voluntary). We seek to strengthen partnerships with our community and look forward to connecting with you during this academy. Program topics and content include:

  • Introduction to the fire department organization, mission, history
  • Fire department communications and interagency cooperation
  • Fire department’s role in emergency medical services
  • Fire scene management and operations (protective clothing and equipment, hoseline operations, etc.)
  • Technical rescue disciplines (rope rescue, vehicle extrication, water rescue)
  • Fire prevention and public education

In addition, this program would include aspects of FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team training. Disaster preparedness and planning is essential for the community. Citizens who have attained basic training are able to manage disaster situations better than those who have not. This in turn relieves some of the demand placed on emergency services during a disaster thereby allowing us to focus on those most in need. Participants in the program will earn a certificate of completion that can be taken to any other CERT program. Program topics include:

  • The Individual’s Role in Preparedness
  • Disaster Medical I & II
  • Fire Safety and Utility control
  • Terrorism and disaster psychology
  • Basic Search & Rescue
  • Introduction to the Incident Command System

Activities members may participate in or see demonstrations of could include:
Emergency Communications Center tour, apparatus & ambulance tour, climb the aerial ladder, maze, burn cell demonstration, Technical rescue (rope, water, extrication, etc.), and participate in a ride-along with the fire department.