Greenville Fire and RescueGreenville Fire-Rescue (GFR) will be hosting the 7th session of its popular Citizen’s Fire Academy beginning August 31, 2017. The purpose of the 11-week course is to educate and inform citizens about fire and emergency services, providing them with a basic understanding of tactics and strategy and a greater understanding of the services that Greenville Fire Rescue offers.

Participants will receive special training in several areas such as proper fire extinguisher use and selection, fire safety and prevention for the home and work place, fire escape planning and more. A day long “play day” of various emergency scenarios including motor vehicle extrication, ropes rescue, search and rescue along with “ride-outs” on emergency calls, highlight the program. Students will receive a class information binder, t-shirt, ball cap, and a photo CD of all photos taken during the class.

New this session, will be a CPR/AED class where attendees will receive their American Heart Association certification. “We believe this added component is a bonus for our class members. Knowing what to do in a cardiac event really can be the difference between a loved one surviving or not” said Sylvia Rodriguez, Fire Safety Education Coordinator.

The class meets every Thursday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at GFR’s Station #3 beginning August 31st through early December including a Saturday Play Day. Participants must be 21 years old or older and live or work within the City of Greenville. The program is free, but participants must commit to attend at least 8 classes. Deadline for applications is August 25th at 5 p.m. However, spaces fill up fast and it is recommended to get your application in early.

To download an application, visit the City of Greenville website at
or Go to the Greenville Fire-Rescue Facebook page.

Anyone needing more information may contact Sylvia Rodriguez at 903-457-2940 or via email
at You may also stop by Fire Administration to pick up an application at 2603 Templeton in Greenville during regular business hours.