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Interested in public safety? Try this course

Published 12:43pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Few people know everything that goes on in the daily life of a public safety official, but now anyone can get an inside look with Alexander City’s Citizens Public Safety Academy.

“This is not a class to train you how to be a police officer, firefighter or paramedic,” said Sgt. James Orr with the Alexander City Police Department. “It’s just a class to give you some insight on what we do and how we do it.”

The 13-week class, which is jointly sponsored by the police department and the Alexander City Fire Department allows anyone 18 years of age and older to get an up-close look at how safety personnel operate.

“You see the police, the firefighters’ and the paramedics’ side of things,” Orr said. “You see the entire spectrum of public safety.”

The free class will meet each Tuesday night at 6 p.m. beginning March 19. Classes will last about two hours and give participants the opportunity to experience investigations, crime scenes, police ride-alongs, K9 demonstrations, the firing range and more.

“It’s a great class,” Orr said. “Everybody that has participated in it has had a great time. They have learned a lot.”

Capt. Jeff Brewer with the ACFD said critiques from surveys at the end of past classes have helped them tailor the courses to give people the best possible experience.

“It has enlightened the people in the class,” Brewer said. “They don’t know what goes on behind the scenes and all the training we do and the things we prepare ourselves for.”

Brewer said they start the fire department’s portion of the class with an introduction and a tour and move on from there to fire and rescue simulations, rappelling, using the Jaws of Life and testing out EMS equipment.

“Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the class,” Brewer said. “If you want to understand what happens in public safety in Alexander City, this is the way to do it.”

Applications must be turned in by March 14. To find out more or to get an application, call Orr at 256-329-6772. Applications are also available at and at the police and fire stations.

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