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Do you know what it takes be a Forsyth County fire fighter? Find out at the 2020 Citizens’ Fire Academy
Citizens Fire Academy
Forsyth County has opened enrollment for the seventh annual Citizens Fire Academy, a 10-week course that offers an in-depth look at what it takes to be a firefighter. - photo by Alexander Popp

Registration is now open for the Forsyth County Fire Department’s annual Citizens Fire Academy, officials say.

Now in its seventh year, the Forsyth County Citizens Fire Academy offers local residents a hands-on, in-depth look at what it takes to be a firefighter, with a 10-week course spanning all realms of the profession.

“The academy is truly a unique chance for citizens to get a behind-the-scenes look at their fire department and the services that we provide to protect them each day,” Fire Chief Barry Head said in a press release on the program. “Not only will participants get a hands-on learning experience, but they also will get to interact with first responders.”

According to the release, participants must be 25 years of age or older, must be a resident of Forsyth County, and must pass a background check with no prior felony convictions. The release also states that participants must be able to commit to the entire 10-week program.

The Citizens’ Fire Academy will be held at the Forsyth County Fire Department Public Safety Complex on Settingdown Road starting on Tuesday, March 3 and ending on May 12, with April 7 off for Spring Break.

Space in the program is limited and selection is first-come, first-served, the release states.

Those interested in applying to the program must submit a completed application, a signed and notarized liability release and confidentiality agreement by Feb. 10, 2020. The application packet and releases can be found by visiting

For more information on the program contact Bridgette Butynski at (770) 205-5699.