Enrollment Now Open for This Spring’s Citizens’ Fire Academy

citizen fire academy ladderThe Hamilton Fire Department is now taking applications for its Fourth Citizens’ Fire Academy.

The Academy will run from 6:30-9 p.m. for nine consecutive Thursdays, beginning on March 24 and ending on May 19.

The Citizens’ Fire Academy is designed to familiarize citizens with the operation and function of the Hamilton Fire Department. Classes will cover various topics such as a history and overview of the department, fire safety, protective clothing, portable fire extinguishers, fire apparatus and equipment, auto extrication, special operations and more.

There will also be a trip to the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy on a Saturday as well as a trip to Bradley Palmer State Park and one of the fire towers.  Classes will be taught by members of the Hamilton Fire Department, Hamilton Police Department and dispatch personnel.

There is no charge to attend, however, participants must be 18 years or older or have a parent’s signature. The class is limited to 20 applicants. Preference will be given to Hamilton residents.

Applications may be picked up at the Hamilton Fire Department, 265 Bay Road or you may request an application packet by contacting Fire Chief Philip Stevens at 978-468-5560. Applications can also be downloaded on the Hamilton Fire website, www.hamiltonma.gov or picked up at the Hamilton Town Clerk’s office.

The deadline to submit an application is Monday, March 14.

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