FAIR LAWN & GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Fair Lawn and Glen Rock Fire Departments announced today they will be hosting their second Citizen’s Fire Academy this fall. The six-week class will start on October 1 and will give participants a chance to see what being a firefighter is all about. The class is open to all Fair Lawn and Glen Rock residents ages 18 and older and people can request an application at cfa@fairlawnfire.org.

“Citizen’s Fire Academy will be all hands on unlike demonstrations we do for the community throughout the year,” said Doug Sadowski, coordinator of the class and 30-year volunteer firefighter. “Participants will be in full firefighting gear and get a chance to operate some of the equipment and tools we use in a safe controlled environment. For people who have ever considered volunteering, it’s a great way to feel what so many firefighters experience every day.”  

The class will cover engine company operations, truck company operations, motor vehicle extrication, and other routine tasks firefighters experience on calls. The class is designed for people with a general interest in firefighting and is also a great first step for people considering a longer-term commitment to volunteering for their local fire department.

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“We hosted our first Citizens Fire Academy last year with a great deal of success. The feedback from the participants was very positive,” Fair Lawn Fire Chief Jacob Mamo said. “Unlike conventional demonstrations, this class will allow the participants to actually experience what we do in a hands-on environment.”

“The Citizen’s Fire Academy will give residents a better understanding of firefighting, and for some it may be a pathway to becoming a full-time volunteer,” Glen Rock Fire Chief Michael Aguilar said. “It is our hope that interested citizens will take advantage of this opportunity and see just how rewarding it is to be a firefighter and help protect others in the community.”

For additional information or for an application, email Doug Sadowski at cfa@fairlawnfire.org.