The Citizen’s Fire Academy is a program targeted toward adults in the Oklahoma City community. Academy participants will obtain an insider’s view of the services the Oklahoma City Fire Department provides, information about fire safety for the home and work place, and a deeper understanding of the duties of a firefighter by engaging in hand’s-on activities.

As an added benefit, participants will have the opportunity to do “ride-alongs” at Oklahoma City Fire Stations during this eight-week academy.  This will be a great opportunity for the participants to see all of the things that they have been learning about come together in real-world incidents.

The meeting times for the Citizen’s Fire Academy are on eight consecutive Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., with a welcome beginning the first week at 5:30 p.m. During these eight informational and educational weeks, participants will be enlightened according to the following outline:

Week One

The participants will be welcomed by City dignitaries and the President of the Citizen’s Fire Academy Alumni Association will address the group. The Fire Chief will give an overview of the Oklahoma City Fire Department and discuss the Department’s role in the community. The Safety Officer will present an overview of the Safety work section. Pictures for ID badges will be taken.

Week Two

This night will discuss the role of Emergency Medical Services of the Fire Department.  Hands on activities will include performing EMS skills and Rappelling from the drill tower.    

Week Three

Special Operations night. The capabilities of the Department’s Special Rescue Teams will be demonstrated.  Hands on will include assisting our Rescue Dog Handlers with dog rescue exercises and performing water rescues from the shore line.  

Week Four

The Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention, who is also the Fire Marshal for Oklahoma City, will present an overview of the Fire Prevention Division. The Chief of Fire Investigation and the Chief of Code Enforcement will each provide insight into the inner workings of their respective work sections.  The Public Information Officer will give an overview of the importance of dealing with all types of media.  Hands on will include a few of our citizens being interviewed.

Week Five

This night is dedicated to the explanation of fire ground operations. The Deputy Chief of Operations will discuss the Fire Department’s role on various incidents. Discussion will include strategy, tactics, risk analysis, and the Incident Management System.  Hands on include our citizens working side by side with our OKC firefighters in mock exercises.  

Week Six

The Deputy Chief of Support Services will explain this Division’s responsibilities.  The support functions of Fire Information Technology, Human Resources, Fleet Maintenance, Facilities Maintenance, CISM/Peer Support and Fire Dispatch will be discussed. The evening will conclude with a tour of the Public Safety Communications Center and a Fire Station.  

Week Seven

The Department’s Public Education and Training sections will be highlighted on this evening.  Participants will engage in a study of fire safety in the home, fire/smoke detection and alerting systems, home escape planning, and portable fire extinguishers.  Training will explain the responsibilities of keeping our firefighters and new recruits continually trained on the latest equipment and tactics.  Hands on include extinguishing live fire with a fire extinguisher.

Week Eight

On this final night, participants will have the opportunity to tour the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum, enjoy a nice dinner while watching a class video and be a part of graduation.   The Fire Chief and President of the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association will give final remarks.  Thank you for your participation!!