Kathryn Parker

Citizens Fire Academy provides perspective on duties of firefighters

A firefighter throws a bag into the cascading water of the San Marcos River as a group of participants are roped to shore.  

This and other rescue drills are performed as part of the Citizens Fire Academy, which began its third annual 12-week program in August. The academy is intended to educate San Marcos residents on jobs firefighters perform in the community, according to the San Marcos Fire Department’s website. The academy is free to San Marcos residents 18 or older who “meet program criteria, including a criminal background check,” according to the SMFD website. Cadets range from city officials to university employees who meet 6 to 9 p.m. every Monday and four Saturdays during the course of the program.

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