Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 5216 Flowers said. “That’s really a small portion of what fire departments do nowadays. We do medical calls. We do rescue. We obviously do fire-prevention, but in addition to fire-prevention, we’re really more of an all-hazards agency now.” Meeting on Thursday evenings, academy partici- pants toured the city’s fire stations and dispatch center, and learned the history of the City of Greer Fire Depart- ment, which has served the Greer community for more than a century. Participants learned about the qualifications and training for becoming a firefighter, automatic and mutu- al aid, equipment and trucks, personal protective equip- ment, fire extinguishers, and specific hoses, nozzles and appliances used to fight fires. “I was surprised to learn about the many differ- ent nozzles they use to fight a fire. I was under the impression it was just one nozzle,” said Alison Rauch, public information officer at Greer CPW. “I enjoyed the hands-on sessions like operating nozzles, learning Ask a six-year-old what he wants to be when he grows up and the chances are good that two professions will be at or near the top of the list: cowboy or fireman. Other professions creep up the list with each pass- ing year and those childhood plans are, more often than not, lost to time. A select group of Greer residents was able to turn back the clock in 2016 and get an up-close taste of the fire service during the City of Greer Fire Department’s inaugural Citizens Fire Academy. The eight-week class, designed to introduce resi- dents to the functions and daily operations of fire ser- vice, was open to adults over the age of 18 and was modeled after the Greer Police Department’s successful citizens academy. Classroom and hands-on training gave participants a safe and fun behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a firefighter. “There are still a lot of people that think that the fire department only fights fire,” Greer Fire Chief Dorian Citizens Fire Academy shows the workings of an all-hazards agency