Participants in a past Sandy Springs Citizens Fire Academy learn about hose deployment from members of the Sandy Springs Fire Department. CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS

Sandy Springs taking applicants for Citizens Fire Academy

The Sandy Springs Fire Department is accepting applications for its Citizens Fire Academy, a free, eight-week program with classes beginning in September that give participants an overview of fire operations and hands-on experience in fire and life safety.

Participants also will receive CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training in disaster preparedness. The academy is open to those ages 18 years of age and older, who live and work in Sandy Springs. To apply:

The weekly sessions will provide a fire department overview, and insights into emergency communications; fire behavior; hoses, search and rescue, and self-contained breathing apparatus; emergency medical services; and extrication and rescue. Students also will participate in a live fire exercise while wearing full protective clothing.

The final session will be a graduation ceremony where each attendee will receive a certificate of completion. Information:

Those who wish can continue training with a second eight-week program to become a member of the Fire Corps, a volunteer unit that assists at active fire scenes. Corps members help firefighters remove their gear, take vital signs and replace and refill breathing apparatus.

They also serve during weather-related emergencies and help provide fire education programs to children and community groups.

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