Through classes and hands-on activities, the Citizens Fire Academy provides residents with a look at how the Fire Department is organized and operates. The Fire Corps is a volunteer unit assisting the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue in a variety of non-emergency roles.
Fire Corps members are required to participate in the Citizens Fire Academy and participation in the Fire Corps is under the direction of the Community Affairs division of Sandy Springs Fire Rescue. Below is an overview of the Citizens Fire Academy program.
Week 1: Fire Department Overview -
This session includes the history of the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department and an overview of the organization and structure. Key responsibilities of each division and daily operations will be discussed. Fire Safety Education - Fire/Safety House, Home Safety
Week 2: Emergency Communications -
In this session, attendees are given an opportunity to visit the 911 communications center where they will witness an emergency call from its inception through the dispatching of emergency units. There will also be a review of emergency management procedures demonstrating the integration of fire department operations each day.
Week 3: Fire Behavior -
Fire Behavior: In this session, attendees are introduced to the chemistry and physics of fire. Topics include the fire tetrahedron, heat transfer, law of heat flow, and BTUs.
Fire Extinguishers: Upon completion of classroom activities, attendees will have an opportunity to operate a fire extinguisher while suppressing a fire. Extinguishers used in this class include CO2, dry chemical, and pressurized water extinguishers.
Week 4: Hose/Search and Rescue/SCBA -
Hose: Attendees are introduced to the various sizes, types, and construction of hose used in the fire service. Attendees will be given the opportunity to operate various size hose lines with both adjustable fog and smooth bore nozzles.
Search and Rescue: Attendees will be introduced to basic search and rescue methods. Topics of discussion will include drags and carries.
SCBA: Attendees will become familiar with the function and operation of the self-contained breathing apparatus along with donning and doffing methods. Attendees will be given the opportunity to don an SCBA a complete a hose line following drill while using a thermal imaging camera.
Week 5 EMS Training: -
Attendees will receive training in basic first aid techniques. Also included is an ambulance tour with an exhibit and discussion of all its major equipment.
Week 6 Extrication and Technical Rescue -
Introduction to extrication and technical rescue equipment. Topics of discussion will include all of the department's technical rescue capabilities and equipment. Attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in a vehicle extrication exercise using hydraulically powered tools while wearing full protective clothing.
Week 7 Simulated Fire Scene: -
Attendees will participate in a live fire exercise. While wearing full protective clothing, the attendee will deploy and charge a hose line to safely extinguish a fire.
Week 8 Graduation: -
To commemorate the attendee's participation, a graduation ceremony will be held. As a part of the ceremony, each attendee will receive a certificate of completion.