Zionsville Fire Dept. launches citizen academy


By Heather Collins

The Zionsville Fire Dept. will offer an insider’s look at life as a firefighter.


ZFD Deputy Chief of Operations Brian Miller said ZFD was looking for ways to open its doors and let people learn more about the department. Although ZFD does a lot of events for children throughout the year, the ZFD Citizen’s Fire Academy will offer adults a hands-on experience in fire operations, fire behavior and the science behind fighting fires.

The program will help answer questions like why a firetruck comes along for an EMS call; what it takes to assist a patient in cardiac arrest; and the physics behind how fire travels.

Participants will learn about the history of ZFD and its stations and have opportunities to get hands-on experience with the equipment the ZFD uses every day. They will view a live fire demo and auto extrication demo and have the chance to operate fire hoses and firefighting power tools.

“It’s  a chance for (residents) to get insight, a behind-the-scenes look at the fire dept. that serves our community,” Miller said.

The six-week program, taught by local firefighters, will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays March 13 to 24, excluding April 4. Classes will be at the Zionsville Town Hall and Zionsville fire stations.

Interested candidates can apply for the academy at zionsville.in.gov. The academy is free and available to Zionsville residents 18 years of age and older.

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