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Corrina Taylor, BubbleLife Intern

Starting April 29, the Coppell Fire Department will be holding its third annual Citizen’s Fire Academy.

This five-week academy will meet twice a week from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The Academy will end May 23, and on June 1, the participants will partake in a live fire event and will have a graduation ceremony June 3.

To be a part of this academy, participants must be 19 or older and be a resident of Coppell. Before the academy even starts, applicants will be subject to a background check.

Once the academy begins, students will learn valuable information that could potentially help save their lives, or the lives of others.

There will be a fire prevention portion, which discusses the function of fire sprinklers and fire prevention measures. There will be CPR and first aid training as well as correct measures in the event of a fire.

The program will cover all potential hazards a citizen may encounter and how to proceed in the situations.

Along with basic fire knowledge, students will dawn firefighting gear and learn tactics in firefighting and rescue operations.

Students will experience being hoisted up in the bucket of the ladder truck, fire extinguisher training and hose drill training while wearing a “blacked out” mask.

Though there will be fun activities in this academy, the purpose is to make sure residents are aware of potential hazards and know how to react in life or death situations.

They will be taught by highly qualified members of the Coppell Fire Department to provide personalized instruction for each student. There will be time in the classroom as well as exercises that are to be informative and entertaining.

There is still time to enroll in the academy. Applications may be acquired at Fire Administration or can be downloaded at the City’s website. Applications will be due Wednesday, April 24.