Henry County Fire Department
Citizen Fire Academy
The Citizens’ Fire Academy is a ten-week program designed to educate and inform citizens about fire and emergency services achieving a greater understanding of the inner workings of the Henry County Fire Department. The academy will be ten weeks in length, one night per week, on Thursdays from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Classes will be held at Henry County Fire Headquarters located at 110 South Zack Hinton Parkway in McDonough. The instruction includes practical demonstrations that all participants are encouraged to participate in. However, because of the voluntary nature of the program, physical limitations of applicants will not be considered a reason for exclusion from the academy.
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The goal of the Citizens’ Fire Academy is to:
- Provide residents a basic understanding of the tactics and strategies of firefighting and rescue operations.
- Provide a greater understanding of the services the Henry County Fire Department is able to provide.
- Encourage academy participants to return to their families and neighborhoods and share their experiences. This will provide more safety conscious and informed citizens.
- Provide an enjoyable, interactive atmosphere in which fire department members and citizens can share information and concerns.
It is imperative that all participants understand that the Citizens’ Fire Academy is intended to be an informative experience to provide insight into how the fire department functions and what services they provide. It is not intended to train participants as firefighters or assistants at any fires. It is not the Academy’s intent to train participants to a level where it is safe for him/her to involve themselves in any firefighting activity.
How the Citizens’ Fire Academy Benefits Residents:
- Citizens and the Fire Department have an opportunity to work closely together
- Open lines of communication between community residents and their Fire Department are enhanced
- Citizens gain the ability to make informed decisions regarding controversial fire prevention issues they may face in their communities
- Citizen involvement with their local community and Fire Department is enhanced
- Citizens gain a better understanding of how their Fire Department works and develop a more safety conscious and informed community.
- Citizens become aware of the problems facing their Fire Department.
We hope the graduates of the Citizens’ Fire Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Fire Department operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers and families to join the Henry County Fire Department in this rewarding program.
The classes are held once a week on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Classes are free of charge, but involve a commitment to attend all ten weeks.
- Week 1: Fire Department Overview
- Week 2: Tour of Emergency Communications
- Week 3: Fire Behavior & Fire Extinguishers
- Week 4: Hose
- Week 5: Fire Safety Education
- Week 6: SCBA / Search and Rescue
- Week 7: Extrication and Technical Rescue Overview /Tools and Equipment
- Week 8: EMS Training
- Week 9: Simulated Fire Scene
- Week 10: Final Class / Questions & Answers / Graduation
The next Citizen Fire Academy is TBA.
Potential candidates for the Citizens’ Fire Academy must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum age of 18
- Live in Henry County
- No prior felony arrests
- No misdemeanor arrests within six months of the application
- Complete and return the signed application.
The Citizens’ Fire Academy students are selected by the Citizens’ Fire Academy (CFA) Committee through an application process. Class sizes are limited to sixteen students per session. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted as vacancies become available.
For more information on the Citizens’ Fire Academy, please contact (770) 288-6620. Download and print the application by clicking here. Fax your completed application to (770)-288-6776.