NOTICE - This offering of the Citizen Fire Academy is now FULL. Stay tuned for information about future offerings.
Learn about the lives "Behind the Mask" of an Enid firefighter by participating in the Enid Fire Department Citizen Fire Academy.
The Enid Fire Department will host it's first Citizen Fire Academy program beginning March 27, 2018. The 11-week curriculum is designed to increase understanding of fire and emergency medical operations and to promote citizen interaction with Enid Fire Department personnel.
The training program will consist of both classroom and practical instruction. Participants will meet in 3-hour sessions on Tuesday evenings (6-9 pm) for 11 weeks, a graduation dinner, and an additional Saturday morning live-burn structure fire demonstration at the Autry Technology Center firefighter training facility.
The comprehensive curriculum will be taught by on-duty members of the fire department, highlighting a different area of service each week. Academy participants will have the opportunity to experience many of the fire & emergency tasks of a firefighter. Some of the hands-on experiences will include:
- "Bunk Out" in full structural firefighting protective gear, including SCBA and face mask.
- Handle a charged hose line and "put the wet stuff on the red stuff" to actively extinguish fires.
- In a controlled environment, safely experience a live structure fire training scenario.
- Take part in a search & rescue activity with a blacked-out face mask, simulating a smoke-filled room.
- Extinguish fires using a portable fire extinguisher.
- Climb a 100-foot aerial ladder.
- Cut apart a junk passenger vehicle to learn what's involved in extricating a crash victim.
- Ride-along on fire apparatus to actual emergency incidents and observe firefighters in action.
- Learn about fire origin & cause investigations and arson prosecution.
- Learn emergency first aid techniques and become certified in CPR.
All hands-on activities are voluntary, but participation is encouraged.
Applications for participation in the Academy are available for download here and can also be picked up at the Enid Fire Department Central Fire Station at 410 W. Owen K. Garriott Road during business hours. Participants must live or be employed in the City of Enid and must be at least 21 years of age. Applicants will be required to submit to a criminal history background check. This inaugural offering of the Academy is limited to 10 participants. Applications will be accepted thru Friday, March 16th at 5 pm. Successful applicants will be notified by email and/or telephone during the week of March 19th. Applicants that are not selected for this offering will be given another opportunity at a later date. The Enid Fire Department hopes to offer this program at least once each year in the spring and possibly a second offering in the fall.
Classes for the 2018 Academy are scheduled each Tuesday evening beginning March 27th and running through June 5th, followed by a graduation dinner on Thursday, June 7th where family members are also invited. The live-burn structure fire training is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 12th from 9 am to 2 pm.
The Enid Fire Department is excited to offer this opportunity to the residents of Enid. The purpose of this program is to foster greater community understanding of the training & commitment, duties, skills and capabilities of the members of the Enid Fire Department.
Contact Fire Chief Joe Jackson or Fire Marshal Ken Helms for additional information at (580) 234-0541.