Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is an opportunity for South Metro Fire Rescue residents to get a first-hand look at what emergency services is all about. Participants will get an overview of the services the District offers, a bird’s-eyes view of where their tax dollars are spent, and experience hands on firefighting and CPR as well as learn safety tools that could save their lives and the lives of those they love.

Applications for Citizens Academy are not open at this time.


Participants learn how patients are extricated from an automobile after an accident, how fire sprinkler systems work, why firefighters cut holes in the roof of a burning building, and so much more. This class is tailored for citizens, not those interested in becoming a firefighter. If you want to learn about firefighting you can check out our Explorers Program here.

The District’s Training Bureau facilitates the academy, which historically runs nine weeks on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is a $30 fee for materials. Typically, the Academy is open only to residents who live or work in South Metro Fire Rescue's District.

The Citizens Academy, we hope, is a useful and valuable tool for those who participate and for the community at large. We look forward to developing life-long partnerships with our citizens in fire and life safety in our community.