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Registration open for Citizens’ Fire Academy
Citizens fire academy
Now in its fifth year, the 10-week Forsyth County Fire Department Citizens’ Fire Academy offers citizens an opportunity to learn more about the variety of services the department provides. - photo by From staff reports

Forsyth County residents interested in participating in a 10-week Forsyth County Fire Department Citizens’ Fire Academy can register for the upcoming program.

Now in its fifth year, the program offers participants an inside look at the profession of firefighting, hands-on experience with equipment used by the fire department as well as an opportunity to interact with first responders, according to a news release from Forsyth County government.

Submit completed application packets by Feb. 16 to: 

Forsyth County Fire Department 

ATTN: Rebecah Green 

3520 Settingdown Road 

Cumming, GA 30028

The program provides a chance to learn about the variety of services the department provides.

“The Forsyth County Fire Department is proud to serve the citizens of the county every day, so we enjoy this chance to show the community the methods and equipment we use to do so,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. 

“This is a really unique chance for residents to not just get a hands-on learning experience, but to also interact with first responders,” Bowman said.

The Citizens’ Fire Academy will be held on 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, March 6, and continuing through May 8, with end-of-session activities on Saturday, May 12. 

The course will be held at Fire Department Headquarters at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex located at 3520 Settingdown Road in northern Forsyth County. 

Participants must be 25 years of age or older, have no prior felony conviction, pass an acceptable background check and be a resident of Forsyth County. Participants must be willing to make a 10-week commitment to the program. 

Those interested in applying for the Citizens’ Fire Academy must submit a completed application, a signed and notarized liability release, and a signed and notarized confidentiality agreement. 

The application packet is available on the Fire Department’s page on the Forsyth County website at Space in the program is limited, and selection is first-come, first-served pending a successful background check.