Brentwood opens application period for citizens fire academy

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The city of Brentwood is accepting applications for its 2020 citizens fire academy. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)

The city of Brentwood is accepting applications for its 2020 citizens fire academy. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)

The city of Brentwood announced Jan. 13 it is now accepting applications for the 2020 Brentwood Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy.

The academy’s curriculum features classes on fire investigations, basic rescue tactics, how firefighters train and an overview of emergency management services, according to a release form the city.

Jeff Pender, Brentwood fire marshal, division chief and academy coordinator, said the program, which is held over a two-month period, gives residents a view into the duties of the fire department.

“The academy is often described as better than many departments’ initial training program for its own recruits,” Pender said. “Although students can participate in activities ranging from fire training to touring the fire safety house, participants are asked to participate directly in activities that they feel comfortable with.”

Students in the program will participate in a car fire simulation and receive basic CPR training. Pender said medical calls make up over 60% of calls for service in Brentwood.


Those interested can apply online until Feb. 15, according to the city. The classes will be held on Thursdays from Feb. 27-April 23.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.