People who both live and work in Richardson are invited to join the Citizens Fire Academy (CFA), a hands-on program that teaches participants about the Richardson Fire Department and the duties and responsibilities of firefighters.
The 10-week program is open to persons 21 and older who either live or work in Richardson or the Richardson Independent School District. The next class will begin March 7 and will graduate May 14. If you are interested in attending this or a future CFA, call 972-744-5750 or go to www.cor.net/fire and download an application.
Class participants meet one night a week for three hours at the Fire Training Center located at 2600 Owens Blvd. Academy participants will receive an insider’s view of the vast services the RFD provides. Each academy participant is allowed to spend time at fire stations and ride on the fire engines to emergency calls.
The intent of the CFA classes is not to train citizens to become firefighters. Participants will learn about the firefighter hiring process, an overview of the RFD, fire prevention, special operations, emergency medical services, fire investigation, hazardous materials, firefighter safety, fire apparatus operations, fire ground operations, emergency management, training requirements and administration of the RFD.
After completing the program, participants will be able to use their knowledge to create a safer home and work environment and educate others about the RFD and the services provided to the community.