LITTLE ROCK (August 4, 2017) – The Little Rock Fire Department will be holding its free annual Citizens Fire Academy with classes scheduled from Aug. 17-Oct. 5, 2017.

The Fire Department would like to provide the citizens of Little Rock with a vivid picture of the services provided by the men and women of the LRFD. The goal is to increase fire and life safety awareness and promote the department’s commitment to customer service. Participants will garner a greater knowledge of the core job functions of the Fire Department with classroom instruction, hands-on participation and live demonstrations.

This program is for Little Rock residents 21 years of age or older who are interested in learning more about how the LRFD is organized and how it conducts operations. Participants will meet at the Fire Training Academy once a week and learn about various subjects such as Little Rock’s hiring and training process, apparatus familiarization, hazardous materials team, USAR (Urban Search and Rescue), fire tactics and strategies, along with other engaging topics. Participants will also receive valuable life safety CPR certification training.

The last day of class will consist of hands-on training and demonstrations such as vehicle extrication and rappelling. The last week of the eight-week program will lead into the start of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017.

The application enrollment period is open through Aug. 16, 2017 or until the class fills. Classroom size is limited to 30 participants. The first class begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 17. and repeats each Thursday following. The Little Rock Fire Training Facility is located at 7000 Murray Street.

If you would like more information about the Little Rock Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy, contact Fire Administration at 501-918-3704.