Chatham Fire Department forming Citizens Fire Academy Class

Applications due by February 20th...

Editor's Note - One of our reporters attended both the Citizens Fire Academy and Citizens Police Academy here in Orleans.  Both programs are informative, engaging and fun.  Citizen Academies are absolutely worth the time - they will change the way you look at public safety in your town.

The Chatham Fire Rescue Department is accepting applications to its Citizens Fire Academy. The Citizens Fire Academy is an 8-week program designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of fire, rescue, and emergency medical operations in the Chatham Fire Rescue Department. The Academy will help to enhance the participant's knowledge of the Chatham Fire Rescue Department's capabilities, day to day operations and activities. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands on experience (voluntary). Applications are available at Chatham Fire Headquarters.

When: Thursday’s February 27th - April 16th, 2020 from 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Chatham Fire Rescue Headquarters 135 Depot Rd.
Deadline for application submission: February 20th, 2020

Sample Topics

  • Department tour and history
  • Personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Fire apparatus and equipment
  • Thermal imaging camera, search and rescue and fire extinguishers
  • Ambulance operations and equipment
  • CPR, First aid and basic medical treatment, bleeding control
  • Tower Ladder operations
  • Special teams, Dive, Water and Technical rescue
  • Dispatch and communications
  • Emergency Management

Participants must be:

  • At least 21 years of age with no criminal history
  • Able to commit to regular attendance
  • Pass a background check welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on