FREDERICK — The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District graduated 10 residents from its first Citizen Fire Academy during a Sept. 28 ceremony.
The Citizen Fire Academy gave residents the chance to learn about Frederick-Firestone FPD and those who work there in a hands-on learning environment.
The academy lasted a total of six weeks and covered topics that included how 911 calls are received and dispatched, fire extinguisher use, wildland firefighting; auto extrication, rope rescue, physical fitness, fire investigations, fire prevention, and how the Fire District trains and what it takes to become a firefighter, EMT and Paramedic among others.
Partners of Frederick-Firestone Fire including; AirLife Denver, Colorado Bureau of Investigations and Weld County Dispatch were also presenters of the Citizen Academy.
“The District’s purpose for creating this program is based in our belief that an educated community is a safer community. That instead of creating a dependency on our services, we should empower people with the knowledge to serve themselves and their neighbors. This program is another step toward that mission, in addition to adding additional transparency to what we do on a daily basis. By having the responders themselves teach citizens, we continue building trust and relationships before an emergency occurs” said Fire Chief Ted Poszywak.
The Frederick-Firestone FPD will be offering its next Citizen Fire Academy in 2015, opposite years of the Carbon Valley Citizens Police Academy.
The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District is governed by a Board of Directors and provides the Town of Frederick and the Town of Firestone and their residents emergency services, fire protection, prevention and education. For more information on the FFFPD, please visit www.fffd.us or contact Community Outreach Specialist Summer Stair at 303-833-2742.