Citizens Fire Academy

About the Program

The City of Greer Fire Department’s Citizens Fire Academy is a free nine-week course designed to introduce our citizens to the functions and daily operations of the City of Greer Fire Department. The academy provides both classroom and hands-on training, offering a fun and safe behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a firefighter. Participates will get the opportunity to tour The City’s fire stations and dispatch center, meet its firefighters and 911 personnel. During the course, participants will have a chance to wear personal protective equipment, extinguish a fire and participate on a ride-along, as well as learn CPR and home fire safety tips from professional firefighters.

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Submitting Your Application for the Citizens Fire Academy

All applications must be completed and returned no later than Thursday, September 1, 2022. Submit your application one of the following ways:

  • Mail to:
    City of Greer Fire Department
    Attention: Julie Burgess
    103 W Poinsett Street
    Greer, SC 29650
  • Email to Julie Burgess

City of Greer 2022 Citizen's Fire Application

  1. Class Schedule

Class Sessions

Class sessions will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the City of Greer Fire Department Station 42, our training facility located at 1985 Hood Rd.

Space is limited so please apply today! Classes start September 22, 2022.

Class Schedule & Agendas

Session 1 

  • Welcome to our Station
  • Organizational Structure
  • History of Fire Fighting & The City of Greer Fire Department
  • Qualifications to become a Fire Fighter & Continuing Ed/Training
  • Station 42 Tour

 Session 2 

  • Daily Activities & Community Activities
  • First Response Procedures – Medical Calls 
  • Community Fire Prevention 
  • Fire Marshal’s Office Duties & Responsibilities

Session 3 

  • American Heart Association Friends & Family CPR/AED Course

Will be offered based on interest must have at least 6 students - Must register with Julie Burgess

  Session 4 

  • Fire Behavior
  • Fire Extinguishers – use fire extinguisher prop
  • Hose, Nozzles and Appliances – play with the water

 Session 5 

  • Home Fire Safety Tips -   Fire Prevention Week Oct 9-15, 2022
  • Safe driving – seat belts and car seats 
  • Slips, Trips and Falls, Etc – Accident prevention

 Session 6 

  • Demo Physical Abilities Test 
  • Equipment and Trucks – check out the trucks, etc

Session 7 

  • Station 41 HQ Tour & Pole
  • Automatic and Mutual Aid
  • Dispatch
  • 911 Communications – visit PD Comm Ctr

 Session 8 

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus – Fit Test

 Session 9 

Rain or Shine - Lunch will be provided 12-12:30pm

Doctor’s release form required for hands-on participates

  • Rescue Procedures – Stabilization of cars (Students watch as a whole group - then students break into groups & stations)
  • Vehicle Extrication – Jaws of Life
  • Aerial Operations – Ladder Truck Tower 41
  • Rappelling
  • Forcible Door Entry 
  • Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) Demo 
  • Fire Suppression – in burn tower

 Session 10 

  • Graduation – Certificates and Coins
  • BBQ and Cake will be served
  • Family station tour
  • Family, Friends and Alumni are invited – please RSVP


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