The first session of the Camden Citizen's Public Safety Academy began Oct. 5.

Five people signed up for the academy, which will alternate each week between teaching about the work of both the fire and police departments.

On Oct. 5, participants learned about the history and statistics from Camden Fire Department, as well as standard fire equipment. Each participant received a set of personal protective equipment, were able to try out the extrication equipment and climb a fire ladder, according to Matthew Heath of Camden Fire. Other topics the fire department will cover in the coming weeks are fire ground water supply, hose use, and pumping, Emergency Management, wild land firefighting, and special rescue.

The class is held each Wednesday through Nov. 16 and is free of charge to those wishing to participate. Next week, participants will learn about Camden Police.

For questions, please contact Matthew Heath at 236-7950.