Citizen Fire Academy Puts Residents in the Hot Seat
REGISTRATION FOR THE FALL 2015 SESSION IS NOW OPEN. EMAIL BRIAN BEASLEY OR CALL 636.970.9700X403 OR FOR AN APPLICATION.
Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m., at CCFR Fire Station 3, 511 Willott Rd. This is an eight-week course.
When many people think of firefighting they think of a Hollywood movie scene. Firefighters rush into a building where they see a bright room full of flames while they quickly rescue those in danger. Now it’s time to learn what it’s really like.
The goal of the Citizen Fire Academy is to provide the community a hands-on understanding of what it takes to be a CCFR firefighter. Participants are given a chance to interact with the firefighters, learn about the fire service, and receive hands-on experience with some of the tasks and tools used to fight fires and save lives.
The CCFR Citizen Fire Academy provides community members with the education and experience to safely understand the operations and functions of the fire department.
Academy participants attend classroom lecture sessions and practical hands-on events where they experience the inside world of the fire service. The safety of the participants is of the utmost importance and every step is monitored by fire department instructors.
Because firefighting is an inherently dangerous job, no participants will be expected to perform any task they do not wish, nor will they participate in any real emergency situations.
The recent trivia night hosted by CCFR and local elected officials raised more than $15,000 for the St. Peters Home Delivered Meals program. Firefighters from CCFR presented a check to the organization at the St. Peters Senior Center Christmas lunch.
More than 200 seniors and residents were present for the lunch, including Mayor Len Pagano, local Alderman, Director of the St. Peters Senior Center Terri Flecher and Home Delivered Meals Coordinator Mary Evans.
A local program that delivers hot meals to more than 125 local senior citizens every day is in danger. To help the St. Peters Senior Center Home Delivered Meals program, CCFR in conjunction with St. Peters Elected Officials is hosting a Trivia Night on Nov. 6 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Firefighters Union Hall.
Every day the St. Peters Senior Center delivers 125 nutritious hot meals to homebound senior citizens who due to disability or age may not have access to a hot meal. The program is funded by The Mid East Agency for the Aging (MEAA), which had their budget cut by $1.75 million by the State of Missouri this year.
CCFR has a history of helping the organization deliver meals by providing back up drivers. Last winter when the area had been hit by an overnight snow storm many of the regular drivers, most of whom are senior citizens themselves were unable to get out to deliver the meals. Mary Evens, the St. Peters Home Delivered Meals program manager, found herself with no one to deliver. She contacted CCFR and within 30 minutes her lobby was filled with off duty firefighters ready to deliver. With a few simple instructions four-wheel drive trucks with two firefighters each blazed off to ensure that the hot meals were delivered on time to those who needed them.
With the drastic budget cuts, the program is facing another emergency. Forming a quick partnership with the City of St. Peters elected officials, Central County Community Outreach will host a
Trivia Night Saturday, Nov. 6 6 – 10 p.m. Firefighters Union Hall 115 McMenamy Road, St. Peters, MO.
$25 per person $200 for tables of 8
All of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Peters Home Delivered Meals program to help ensure the programs continuance. Sponsorship levels are also available. If you would like to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or make a donation for the silent auction please contact Assistant Chief Steve Brown at 636-970-9700 ext. 403 or e-mail us.