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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Citizens Fire Academy

Submitting Your Application for the Citizens Fire Academy

All applications must be completed and returned no later than Thursday, September 1, 2023. 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 2023 Citizen's Fire Application

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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 21, 2023.

Class Schedule & Agendas

Session 1 · September 21, 2023 · 6:30pm · Station 42 · A Shift
    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 · September 28, 2023 · 6:30pm · Station 42 · B Shift
    Daily Activities & Community Activities
    First Response Procedures – Medical Calls 
    Community Fire Prevention 
    Fire Marshal’s Office Duties & Responsibilities

Session 3 · September 30, 2023 · Saturday 9am – 11am · Station 42 ·  A Shift
    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 · October 5, 2023 · 6:30pm · Station 42 · C Shift
    Fire Behavior
    Fire Extinguishers – use fire extinguisher prop
    Hose, Nozzles and Appliances – play with the water

Session 5 · October 12, 2023 · 6:30pm · Station 42 · A Shift
    Home Fire Safety Tips -  Fire Prevention Week Oct 8-14, 2023
    Safe driving – seat belts and car seats 
    Slips, Trips and Falls, Etc – Accident prevention

Session 6 · October 19, 2023 · Station 41 HQ · B Shift
    Station 41 HQ Tour & Pole
    Equipment and Trucks – check out the trucks, etc

Session 7 · October 26, 2023 · 6:30pm Station 41 HQ · C Shift
    Automatic and Mutual Aid
    911 Communications – visit PD Comm Ctr

Session 8 · November 2, 2023 · 6:30pm · Station 42 · A Shift
    Demo Physical Abilities Test 
    Personal Protective Equipment
    Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus – Fit Test

Session 9 · Nov 11, 2023 · Saturday 9am – 2:30pm • Station 42· A Shift

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
    Forcible Door Entry 
    Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) Demo 
    Fire Suppression – in burn tower

Session 10 ·November 16, 2023 · 6:30pm – 8pm ·Station 41 HQ · C Shift
    Graduation – Certificates and Coins
    BBQ and Cake will be served
    Family station tour
    Family, Friends and Alumni are invited – please RSVP