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Registration now open for public safety academy

Published 10:39am Thursday, August 8, 2013

Registration is now being held for an upcoming Public Safety Academy, which will give citizens a behind-the-scenes look at both police and fire departments in the city.
Sgt. James Orr with the Alexander City Police Department said the academy is informative, but should not be confused for a law or fire training program.
“It is not a way for you to receive training to become a fire fighter, police officer or EMT,” Orr said. “It is a way to gain some insight into what each department does and what officers, firefighters and EMTs may experience on the job.”
Orr said this is the eighth time ACPD and ACFD have offered the academy, which is usually held twice a year.
There is no cost to attend the academy, Orr said. Citizens just have to register and attend the weekly class.
“This academy will be 13 weeks long, held once a week on Tuesday nights for two hours,” Orr said. “We will also have some optional classes that occur on other days, such as Saturday.”
Applications are due by Aug. 20, and the first class will be held at ACFD Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.
Orr said the class is not simply just a weekly lecture.
“There is lots of hands-on activities, including rappelling, firearms training and ride along programs,” Orr said. “You will also get to sit in dispatch and observe that, as well as do some hands-on activities with the fire department such as the Jaws of Life.”
There is no age limit, Orr said.
“We will take people from age 18 to whatever – as long as you are willing to come and attend,” Orr said.
He added that participants do not have to take part in all the activities if they don’t want to.
“You don’t have to rappel. You could watch other people rappel and still learn something from it,” Orr said.
Applications are available online at www.alexandercityonline.com/PDF/CitizenAcademyApplication.pdf or at ACPD.
For more information, contact Orr at 256-329-6772 or Capt. Reese McAllister at 256-329-6764.

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