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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Fire Department’s “ Junior Fire Academy” Now Underway - Graduation Scheduled for This Friday

Redwood City, CA - August 1 , 2005 – Twenty-four of our community’s kids are participating in the first annual Redwood City Junior Fire Academy, happening this week at Redwood City’s Station #9.

This new program is designed to help keep the community informed about the fire department and its functions, to educate kids about fire safety and firefighting, and also to illustrate possible career paths in public service. During this five-day academy the kids, 12 – 15 years old, learn some of the key functions of our fire department: first aid, fire safety, exit drills in the home, use of fire extinguishers, disaster preparedness, cooking safety, and more.

In addition to their graduation, this Friday the participants will perform a “skills test” during which they’ll get a chance to use what they’ve learned during the week. It’s a great opportunity to see the kinds of new skills and valuable tools the kids have acquired during their Junior Fire Academy. The Skills Test takes place at 11:00 am at Fire Station #9, 755 Marshall Street in Downtown Redwood City. The graduation ceremony takes place at the same location, at 2:00 pm.

All instruction during the Redwood City Junior Fire Academy is provided by fire officers, fire prevention officers, paramedics, and fire fighters, offering their experience, skills, knowledge, and inspiration to these young members of our community. The hands-on activities include extinguishing a real fire, using one of the Department’s actual fire hoses, climbing the 100-foot ladder on the fire truck, and other engaging, participation exercises.

The Redwood City Fire Department has five fire stations housing five engines and one truck, and currently has over 70 staff members including firefighters, firefighter/paramedics, captains and battalion chiefs, fire prevention staff, training staff, and administrative staff.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contact:
Ernesto Marin
Redwood City Fire Department
(650) 780-7400

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