Submitted by Stacie Durham, McKinney Fire Department
Have you ever wondered why a fire truck shows up when you call for an ambulance; or, how much a fire truck or ambulance costs? Would you like to climb a 100′ aerial ladder? Do you think it would be exciting to handle the Jaws 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 the side of a building as you rappel three stories to the ground? Ride out with McKinney Fire Department on real emergency calls?
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 to individuals who work in McKinney. The 2013 class, scheduled to begin on March 21, meets for 10 Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at fire stations throughout McKinney. In addition to Thursday evening classes, there are two Saturday classes lasting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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 Fire Department. “Most citizens are unaware of the range of services offered by their local fire department. 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 a moment’s notice to respond to any variety of emergency; and, are an invaluable resource in educating citizens of all ages on ways to avoid fires, burns and all other types of injury and/or emergency.”
The CFA has a limited class size and is filling quickly. If you would like to attend, please visit www.mckinneyfire.org to download an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-547-2893 for more information.