Have you ever wondered why a fire truck shows up whenyou call for an ambulance; or, how much a fire truck or ambulance costs? Would you like todrive a fire engine or climb a 100′ aerial ladder? Do you think it would be exciting to handle theJaws of Life while cutting apart a crashed vehicle? Feel the pressure of a charged fire hose as
you fight a fire? Conduct a search and rescue effort in full firefighter gear? Tether yourself to theside of a building as you rappel three stories to the ground?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the McKinney Citizens Fire Academy (CFA)is your opportunity! This program is offered each spring to residents of McKinney and toindividuals who work in McKinney. The 2012 class, scheduled to begin on March 15, meetsfor 10 Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at fire stations throughout McKinney. Inaddition to Thursday evening classes, there are two Saturday classes lasting from 9 a.m. to 4
According to Stacie Durham, Public Information Officer for the McKinney Fire Department,the CFA is one of the most popular and successful education programs offered by the FireDepartment. “Most citizens are unaware of the range of services offered by their local firedepartment. Gone are the days of sitting around the fire station waiting for the bell to ring.
These men and women are highly skilled and trained professionals. They are ready at amoment’s notice to respond to any variety of emergency; and, are an invaluable resource ineducating citizens of all ages on ways to avoid fires, burns and all other types of injury and/oremergency.”
The CFA has a limited class size and is filling quickly. If you would like to attend, please visitwww.mckinneyfire.org to download an application, or call 972-547-2893 for more information.