Citizen Fire Academy

The purpose of the Citizen's Fire Academy is to inform and educate through practical participation, responsibilities and operations of the Fire Department. Participants discover how the Fire Department prepares for and responds to emergencies as well as learn how to survive in emergencies. It is not intended to make citizens into firefighters. The experience is educational, fun, and, at times, challenging.

Upon completion of the program, participants are encouraged to share their knowledge of how the Fire Department operates. The academy fosters a better understanding of the Department's duties, responsibilities, and capabilities in serving the community.

Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age and pass a background check. There is no charge for this course. To be considered for the program, submit an application.  Each cohort is limited to 12 people and classes fill quickly.

2024 meeting dates:

  • March 4: Introduction and Orientation
  • March 11: Hazardous Materials Spills
  • March 18: CPR & AED
  • March 25: EMS 
  • April 1: Fireground Operations
  • April 8: Search and Rescue
  • April 15: Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • April 27 Vehicle Extrication
  • April 29: Rope Rescue
  • May 6: Water Rescue* 9:00 a.m.-1:00p.m.
  • May 13: Graduation and Ladder Climb

    All sessions are typically held from 7:00-9:00pm at the Genoa Township Fire Station located at 7049 Big Walnut Road, Galena, Ohio  43021. Participants will be notified when the scheduled is altered due to the nature of the activities scheduled.