As with any fire department, the fire academy is a required rite of passage for all potential firefighters.
It is here that our recruits are taught the basic skills and knowledge of the craft, and it is here that they come to know the dangers, physical and mental demands, and rewards of the fire service.
Our academy is held twice a week and Saturdays typically beginning in March with classroom and basic skills training ending in July. During this time, recruits are generally not allowed on any responses except on occasional circumstances with the possibility of being an observer. The academy class is intentionally not blended with our day to day fire crews, and their sole focus is placed on their studies. Around the end of June, the academy class begins an internship where the class begins to work shifts with the SAFD fire crews. During this time they begin to experience the fire service outside of the classroom and drillground.
Recruits successfully completing the academy may elect to be sworn in and begin their volunteer service to the Sable Altura Fire Protection District at their graduation ceremony.
The Sable Altura fire academy includes training and certification through the level of Colorado State Firefighter I, Hazardous Materials-Operations (HazMat Ops), and First Responder for those with no previous medical experience.
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