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Become a citizen firefighter

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The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is taking applications for the Citizens Fire Academy, a six-week course that starts on July 9 allows participants to experience the modern fire service from a first responder's perspective.

The goal of the program is to educate and inform citizens about fire and emergency services, providing them with a basic understanding of tactics and strategy and a greater understanding of the services Atlanta Fire Rescue offers.

Knowledge gained will give them a new appreciation for the fire service and help them make their communities safer and healthier places.

Courses include Rappelling, CPR and First Aid, Driving and Tools and Equipment. Driving a fire engine and riding along on emergency calls highlight the program.

The course meets every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the AFRD Training Academy located at 407 Ashwood Avenue SE, beginning July 9.

Participants must be 18 years old or older and live or work within the City of Atlanta. The program is free, but participants must commit to attend all six weeks. Deadline for applications is June 30.

For more information, contact Lt. William Edwards, 678-855-2621,

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