The Greenville City Fire Department (GCFD) holds its annual Citizens Fire Academy in the fall. This free seven-week program is open to anyone age 18 and older. The Citizens Fire Academy offers a unique opportunity for citizens who live and work in Greenville to learn firsthand what it's like to be a firefighter. In addition to touring the City's fire stations and dispatch center, and meeting firefighters and 911 personnel, participants will also have a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, including wearing personal protective equipment, experiencing a fire simulation, extinguishing a fire and learning CPR and basic first aid.
GCFD has designed the academy to be an educational and empowering experience for citizens.
Brian Austin, GCFD’s Chief of Training, has attended these classes and thoroughly enjoys bringing our citizens into the GCFD firefighting family, introducing them to the typical day of a firefighter. "By building relationships with those we serve, we, as a community, can make the greatest gains. The citizens get to hear, see, feel, and experience the comradery that makes the fire service so great. Being a firefighter is a beloved career."
Together, through education and experience, we can all strive to make the City of Greenville a safer place for everyone.