Applications for 2024 Citizens Fire Academy have closed.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department offers citizens a unique way of experiencing the firefighting career with the Citizens' Fire Academy. The Academy includes 15 hours of instruction and practical experience. The goal of the Academy is to create a better understanding of firefighting activities and how the department operates. Citizens will find that firefighting is more than putting out fires, but also includes rescue operations, emergency medical services, fire prevention and education. Activities in which citizens may participate include: Vehicle Extrication, Emergency Medical Services, Hose Handling, Aerial Operations, and Live Fire Burn.

The 2024 Citizens' Fire Academy will take place Monday evenings , 6:00PM-9:00PM, September 9th-October 7th.  There will be a mandatory gear fitting to take place in the evening of Tuesday, July 30th. The cost for the Academy is $50. 

Applications for the 2024 Citizens' Fire Academy are open until Monday, April 22nd.  Once the application period closes, CRFD staff will contact participants to let them know if they have been chosen or not. There are a limited number of spots available. 

This is not an application to be a paid Cedar Rapids Firefighter. Participation in the Citizens' Academy does not affect the likelihood of being hired as a Cedar Rapids Firefighter. For more information, please contact Sydney Wright, Public Education Specialist, 319-286-5218.

Citizens' Fire Academy Application


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