Gainesville Fire Rescue holding citizen's academy Saturday

Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8:24 a.m.

Gainesville Fire Rescue Department is sponsoring a citizen’s academy Saturday that will include simulations of actual firefighter scenarios in which participants will be able to wear specialized protective fire gear, use actual fire hoses and rescue equipment and participate in a realistic emergency medical activity, according to a GFR press release.

An overview will be given of the services provided by GFR and the life of a firefighter during a typical 24-hour shift. Demonstrations will include a vehicle accident requiring the use of extraction equipment, search and rescue and advancing fire hose lines up a staircase to a simulated apartment fire.

“This is a unique opportunity for the media, our community leaders, citizens and fellow city workers to be up-close and personal with the jobs our firefighters perform every day,” GFR Chief Gene Prince said in the release.

The event will be held at the fire department’s training facility near Northeast 8th Avenue and Waldo Road. The program is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a lunch provided to the participants.

Twenty GFR members will be present to assist the participants throughout the event and to answer any questions by the public about GFR services. Gainesville Firefighter President Tracey Higdon said, “Our members are excited to assist in this academy. It is important that our citizens get to know first-hand what firefighters do every day.”

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