AUBURN — Fire officials will open the doors to the stations for 10 weeks again this spring, kicking off the city’s second Citizens Fire Academy.

The program will take Auburn residents into the city’s fire stations and behind the scenes. It’s scheduled to begin April 9.

They’ll learn about fire safety in their homes and offices, fire prevention, CPR, fire extinguisher operation and what goes on behind the scenes at the city’s fire stations and 911 center.

But they’ll also get out of the classroom, learn how to rappel down a building, operate the jaws of life, drive a fire engine on a closed course and ride to the top of the city’s 100-foot ladder truck.

Participants will also be allowed to ride with fire crews on real emergency calls.

Classes will move from station to station, with attendees getting a chance to try out the equipment and meet the firefighters.

The course will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. two Saturdays. The course is free of charge, but the department is only offering 15 spaces.

For information contact office manager Sheri Buck at the Auburn Fire Department 207-333-6633, ext. 3, or via email at [email protected] auburnmaine.gov.

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