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LFD opens Citizens Fire Academy

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The Lebanon Fire Department began their Citizens Fire Academy on Monday.

The inaugural class consists of 16 participants, ages 18 and up, eager to learn the ins and outs of the department - beginning with its history.

"We want to inform people of what we do. A lot of people think we sit and play checkers waiting for a call to come in," joked Class Coordinator and Shift Commander Bob Tawthon. Citizens Fire Academy graduates will know what firefighters actually do.

During the six week course, classes will meet on Monday nights and learn a variety of topics related to the fire department. The second class will be a tour of the station, dispatch and a look at equipment.

In class three, students will learn CPR training. The fourth week will focus on administrative jobs, arson investigation and medical training.

In the final weeks, students will go over gear, blind drills and rescue.

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