Citizens Fire Academy

The City of Greer Fire Department hosted its first Citizens Fire Academy in the Fall of 2016.  It was a free eight-week course designed to introduce residents to the functions and daily operations of the fire service.

The academy provided both classroom and hands-on training, giving participants a fun and safe behind-the-scenes look at what is means to be a firefighter.  Participants toured the city fire stations and dispatch center, met its firefighters and 911 personnel, tried on personal protective equipment, extinguished a fire, participated on a ride-along and learned CPR from professional fire fighters.

Class sessions will be held at Station 1 (Headquarters) located at 103 W Poinsett St. with the exception of one Saturday/Sunday session held at Station 2, the department's training facility, located at 1985 Hood Rd.

The schedule and locations for the academy:

Session 1    Station 1

  • History of  Fire Fighting and The City of Greer Fire Department
  • Organizational Structure
  • Qualifications and Training to become a Fire Fighter
  • Station Tour

Session 2   Station 1

  • Daily Activities
  • Community Activities
  • First Response Procedures - Medical Calls
  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Marshal's Office Duties and Responsibilities

Session 3   Station 1

  • CPR/AED (not mandatory if already certified)

Session 4   Station 1

  • Dispatch
  • 911 Communications
  • Automatic and Mutual Aid

Session 5   Station 1

  • Fire Behavior
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Hose, Nozzles and Appliances

Session 6   Station 1

  • Equipment and Trucks
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

Session 7   Station 2

  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Rescue Procedures
  • Aerial Operations

Session 8   Station 2

  • Fire Suppression (not mandatory – a doctor’s release form is required)
  • Rapid Intervention Team (RIT)

Session 9   Station 1

  • Graduation (friends and family are invited)

We plan on holding it again in 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Hunter at 864-416-6601 or jhunter@cityofgreer.org.

Fire Academy Application and Release

All applications must be completed and returned to:

City of Greer Fire Department
ATTN: Julie Hunter,
103 W Poinsett St.
Greer, SC 29650

or emailed to jhunter@cityofgreer.org