Public safety citizen's academy begins in Camden

Oct 06, 2016
Courtesy of: Camden Fire Department Matthew Heath, center, of the Camden Fire Department shows participants how to use the extrication tools during the first session of the Camden Citizen's Public Safety Academy Oct. 5.

Camden — 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.

Participants each had the opportunity to try the extrication equipment. (Courtesy of: Camden Fire Department)
Participants in the Camden Citizen's Public Safety Academy had the chance to climb the ladder on a fire truck Oct. 5. (Courtesy of: Camden Fire Department)
Participating in the first-ever academy is, from left, David Heath, Heather Redfield, Sarah Shepard, Matt Heath of Camden Fire Department, Tracy Murphy, and Leamon Scott. (Courtesy of: Camden Fire Department)
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