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June 23, 2024

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Apply for the Brentwood Citizens Fire Academy

Classes run from February 22 through April 18.

Have you ever wanted to ride in a fire engine with the lights flashing? What about repelling off a high training tower, or using the “jaws of life” to peel the metal roof off a car? If your answer is “yes,” sign up fast for the Brentwood Citizens Fire Academy, which runs from Feb. 22 – April 18.

This three-month program, open to Brentwood residents, takes participants behind-the-scenes of the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department, giving them a stronger understanding of what these first responders experience during an emergency. The application deadline is Feb. 1.

“The program is designed to provide a glimpse into the duties of the department,” Brentwood Fire Marshal Jeff Pender said. “We show the participants the many facets of the department and the training required for each area. Our participants can do everything from fire training, to using the ‘jaws of life,’ to touring the fire safety house. We strongly encourage them to participate directly in activities that they feel comfortable with.”

The free program meets from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Brentwood Citizens Fire Academy Schedule

  • Feb. 22 – History, organization, recruitment, and administrative forms
  • Feb. 29 – Tour Fire Stations and Communications Center
  • March 7 – Fire Codes, Investigations, and Inspections
  • March 21 – Fire Operations – IC, Accountability, Strategy and Tactics
  • March 28 – Hazardous Materials – Basic Strategy and Tactics, Equipment
  • April 4 – Public Education – Home Fire Safety, FSH
  • April 6 – Extrication – Classroom & Hands-on                                       
  • April 11 – EMS Overview – Fire Department Services and EMS Integration
  • April 13 – Rescue – Fire Attack, Rope Rescue, Combat Challenge
  • April 18 – Graduation – Ceremony and Dinner 

Interested? Click this link for the 2024 Application. For information, contact Pender at or 615-371-0170.



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.