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 5217 CPR, how to rappel and suiting up to go inside the burn tower.” Burn tower? Indeed. With a personal waiver and doctor’s re- lease, participants were given the opportunity to expe- rience what it’s like to be a firefighter inside a burning structure. They also rappelled from different levels of the burn tower and operated the jaws of life to open wrecked vehicles. “The academy offered me a chance to do things not many Greer residents can say they’ve done. I was actually very surprised we were able to do some of the things we did and it was very evident the men are very passionate about their job,” Rauch said. “I would encourage anyone to take the course and go in with an open mind to everything. Even if you are afraid of heights or scared of rappelling, give it a try,” she added. “I always knew that I was in the best care while taking the class and now have a better apprecia- tion and admiration for the work these brave men and women do each day.” Some entered the academy with the expectation of learning different ways to fight fires. Although that was part of the training, students quickly discovered that fire calls made up fewer than three percent of the department’s total calls in 2015. Rescue and emergency medical calls easily com- prise the bulk of the department’s call volume each year, requiring personnel to learn and train in a variety of skills. “I joined the citizens academy class because I was very curious to learn some of what the firemen do. This course was way above my expectations of what all the men are involved in and the amount of the learning they take in,” Kim Woods said. Woods, who said she was surprised by the weight of the gear fire, added that the final weekend “hands- on” sessions were the perfect way to conclude the inau- gural academy. “The academy offered me a chance to do things not many Greer residents can say they’ve done.” – Alison Rauch “I enjoyed each class. They were taught well with so much knowledge,” Woods said. “I enjoyed the his- tory and fireman’s gear class, but my all-time favorite was the weekend class, especially the rappelling. Just as Citizens Police Academy participants have been invited to carry on their involvement with that de- partment through the CPA Alumni Association, Flow- ers said the fire department will seek to keep recent graduates engaged. “We’ll use those individuals, as long as they are willing to help, to improve the Citizens Fire Academy,” Flowers said. “We’ll as use them as a sounding board as we try to improve our service delivery – almost as a citizens advisory group.” Members of the City of Greer Fire Department and its Citizens Fire Academy watch Alison Rauch rappel from the Fire Training Center on Hood Road.