Asheville Fire Department gears up for Citizens Fire Academy


The Asheville Fire Department is accepting applications for its second Citizens Fire Academy, following last year’s inaugural program. During an eight-week course running March 29 through May participants will get an up-close look at the many facets of AFD operations. There will be a hazmat day, medical day, rescue operations session, ladder truck operations day and engine company operations day.

With the help of engaging with hands-on activities, the program provides citizens with better knowledge of the technical and operational workings of the fire department. That includes going up in the bucket in a ladder truck or test operating a fire hose.

“People learned a lot about the fire department, things they didn’t know we did,” said Deputy Fire Marshall Kelly Hinz said of last year’s Citizens Fire Academy.

The Citizens Fire Academy will meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for nine weeks starting March 29.

Click here to fill out an application.