Citizen Fire Academy

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Want to help support the brave men and women of the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department? The Citizen Fire Academy provides the training necessary to help during fire emergencies.

Please click here to apply for the Citizen Fire Academy

Here's the list of classes: 

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
(Chief Sanders present to welcome the group)
Station 4

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. 
Chatt-Comm                          fire corp 1

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. 
Station 4

Week 4: Hose/Search and Rescue/SCBA -  
Hose: Attendees are introduced to the various sizes, types and construction of hoses used in the fire service. Attendees will be given the opportunity to operate various size hoselines 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 an complete a hoseline following drill while using a thermal imaging camera.
Station 2

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. CPR Friends and Family
Station 4

Week 6 Extrication and Technical Rescue: - Saturday, October 17
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 waring full protective clothing. 
Station 4

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 hoseline to safely extinguish a fire. 
Station 4

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. 


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