AFD Citizens Academy

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The Citizens Fire Academy teaches adult citizens 18 years and older about the philosophy, policies, and guiding principles of the Asheville Fire Department and its services to the community. It gives citizens an inside look at the challenges firefighters face daily. Citizens also have an opportunity to offer comments, ideas, and solutions.

Next year's academy will be held in March. It lasts nine consecutive weeks consisting of three hour classes held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. There will be an additional day for a graduation ceremony. This course will consist of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as the history of the AFD, Fire Marshal’s Office functions, Fire Prevention methods, Hazardous Materials mitigation, Rescue operations, Ladder operations, Engine operations, and an opportunity to ride on a fire truck. There will be some sort of hands on, physical activity planned for each class of differing agility.

The Citizens Fire Academy is designed to:

  • Increase public awareness of fire department responsibilities and operations.
  • Build a stronger relationship between the community and the Asheville Fire Department.
    Provide the public the opportunity for feedback and suggestions.
  • Increase community support and awareness about the Asheville Fire Department operations through education and exchanging of ideas.
  • Create responsible, well-informed citizens who influence public opinion on the Asheville Fire Department operations, practices, and services.

Applications are now open. For more information you can contact Kelly Hinz at