Fort Walton Beach Fire Department announces inaugural Citizens Fire Academy Class

On Wednesday, May 11, the City of Fort Walton Beach Fire Department announced its inaugural Citizens Fire Academy Class. The class is intended for City of Fort Walton Beach residents and business owners; however, other applicants may be accepted if space is available.

The Citizens Fire Academy is a new public outreach program designed to provide graduates with a keen understanding of today’s modern Fire Service and the specific operations of the City of Fort Walton Beach Fire Department. 

Classes meet one night each week for nine weeks at the department’s training facility on Lewis Turner Boulevard. Topics include:

  • Fire service history, training requirements, emergency response, fire prevention, disaster preparedness, tools and equipment, financial procedures, and more. 

Class attendees will have the opportunity to ride along with on-duty firefighters to emergencies and even participate in some moderate training exercises.

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“This is an exciting opportunity for our city’s residents and business owners to get a very up close and personal look at their fire department,” said Fire Chief Ken Perkins. “Too often, the only interaction residents have with their fire department is when they have an emergency. We want to change that.”

Classes begin June 10th. Interested participants can call the City of Fort Walton Beach Fire Department at 850-833-9565, or email, Fireacademy@fwb.org

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