Edmond's Citizen Fire Academy sets graduation
Graduation for 17 students in a 12-week Citizen Fire Academy will be at 6 p.m. Thursday. This is the fifth academy sponsored by the Edmond Fire Department.
EDMOND — Participants in a 12-week Citizen Fire Academy dressed in fire gear and grabbed a water hose to put out real fires this week as they approached their graduation day.
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The fifth academy, sponsored by the Edmond Fire Department, has 17 participants.
They have learned first aid, CPR, how to handle hoses and how to use the Jaws of Life during the course that meets each Tuesday. They also learned to use a system of ropes and pulleys to lower people out of a multistory building and how to use a self-contained breathing apparatus.
Maj. Kelly Lewis said the purpose of the academy is to give people a better understanding of the fire department.
“It also gives them a better insight on why we do what we do,” Lewis said.
The academy takes place on the fire department's training grounds, and participants get to use the same equipment as the firefighters.
Students must be an Edmond resident, work in the Edmond city limits and be at least 18 years old.
“The classes have a wide range of people,” Lewis said. “The youngest is in the 20s, up to 60 to 70 years old.”
Graduation will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the fire administration building, 5300 E Covell Road.