Loveland, Oh. - The Loveland Symmes Fire Department (LSFD) is inviting community members to to attend their third annual Citizens Fire Academy, starting April 9, that offers adult citizens in the Loveland and Symmes communities the opportunity to learn about their fire departments.
As academy participates, you will get an introduction to the LSFD and learn how firefighters and paramedics do their jobs. Seven classes will be held mostly on Wednesday evenings from 7 PM to approximately 9 PM on a weekly basis ending in mid-May.
"Participants have ranged in age from 19 to over 70 years old, and all have loved it," said Lieutenant Jim Hellyer, the academy coordinator. Some attend alone, and others do it with their family members. “The training is a fun and easy way to see demonstrations and you can participate at your own comfort level," said Hellyer. He goes on to say, "Graduates of the academy have often said that they were surprised about how much of the academy training is hands-on."
Examples of the training include: hose and ladder operations, use of firefighting equipment, and the ability to see the vehicles and other equipment up close. Hellyer said, "All of the graduates report that they really enjoyed the training and have gotten a much better understanding of the level of training and dedication firefighters must have to do their jobs."
Although it is not expected, after completion of the Fire Academy, graduates are given the opportunity to assist the department in a variety of nonoperational activities or to join the volunteer Emergency Services Unit (ESU), which augments the department in fire and EMS operations.
To find out more about the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department 2014 Citizens Fire Academy or to sign up for the academy, go to http://www.lsfd.org/ and click "Volunteer."
Hellyer said, "We look forward to seeing you."