Citizen's Fire Academy class photo

 

The Citizen’s Fire Academy is a program targeted toward adults in the Oklahoma City community. Academy participants will obtain an insider’s view of the services the Oklahoma City Fire Department provides, information about fire safety for the home and work place, and a deeper understanding of the duties of a firefighter by engaging in hand’s-on activities.

As an added benefit, participants will have the opportunity to do “ride-alongs” at Oklahoma City Fire Stations during this eight-week academy.  This will be a great opportunity for the participants to see all of the things that they have been learning about come together in real-world incidents.

The meeting times for the Citizen’s Fire Academy are on eight consecutive Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., with a welcome beginning the first week at 5:30 p.m. During these eight informational and educational weeks, participants will be enlightened according to the following outline:

Week One

The Citizen’s Fire Academy Alumni Association will provide refreshments at 5:30 p.m. The participants will be welcomed by City dignitaries, and the President of the Citizen’s Fire Academy Alumni Association will address the group. The Fire Chief will give an overview of the Oklahoma City Fire Department and discuss the Department’s role in the community. The Safety Officer will present an overview of the Safety work section. Pictures for ID badges will be taken.

Week Two

Review and questions. This night is dedicated to the explanation of fire ground operations. The Deputy Chief of Operations will discuss the Fire Department’s role on various incidents. Discussion will include strategy, tactics, risk analysis, and the Incident Management System.

Week Three

Review and questions. Special Operations night. The capabilities of the Department’s Special Rescue Teams will be demonstrated. The Hazardous Materials team will give an explanation and demonstration of their capabilities.

Week Four

Review and questions. Participants will learn about the Oklahoma City Fire Department’s role in providing Emergency Medical Services to the community. They will receive demonstrations and hands on experience with medical equipment.

Week Five

Review and questions. The Deputy Chief of Support Services will explain this Division’s responsibilities.  The support functions of Fire Information Technology, Human Resources, Fleet Maintenance, Facilities Maintenance, and Fire Dispatch will be discussed. The evening will conclude with a tour of the Emergency Operations Center.

Week Six

Review and Questions. The Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention, who is also the Fire Marshal for Oklahoma City, will present an overview of the Fire Prevention Division. The Chief of Fire Investigation and the Chief of Code Enforcement will each provide insight into the inner workings of their respective work sections.

Week Seven

Review and questions. The Department’s Public Education work section will be highlighted on this evening.  Participants will engage in a study of fire safety in the home, fire/smoke detection and alerting systems, home escape planning, and portable fire extinguishers.  Weather permitting, participants will be given an opportunity to extinguish a live fire with a portable fire extinguisher.  The Mobile Fire Safety Demonstration House will be on-site for tours.

Week Eight

On this final night, participants will tour Fire Station 1, Fire Administration, and Fire Station 6 in Bricktown.  Review and questions with the Fire Chief will conclude the evening.