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Jackson Fire Department prepares residents for the worst

Jackson Division Fire Chief Cleotha Sanders (Source: WLBT) Jackson Division Fire Chief Cleotha Sanders (Source: WLBT)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson firefighters work around the clock to keep residents safe. They want citizens to be knowledgeable and prepared if a fire ignites.

Three on Your Side looked at how residents can play a role in learning more about staying safe.

As flames have been seen ripping through buildings and homes in the city of Jackson the fire department wants to raise your awareness about fire and emergency operations through education.

Division Fire Chief Cleotha Sanders said, "The Jackson Fire Department Citizen's Academy is an opportunity for the citizens to come out and learn more about the day to day operations of the Jackson Fire Department."

Jackson Division Chief Cleotha Sanders said it's a one week hands on training free to residents within the city.

Sanders said, "Citizens will be able to use fire extinguishers. They will also take the opportunity to put on our turnout gear."

On average, 45 pounds is the weight of just minimal gear firefighters put on when dispatched to a call. Division Fire Chief Sanders said the fire department puts this class on to help residents have a better understanding of what their job details and it also gives tips on how to stay safe.

Sanders said, "The academy is intended to be an educational tool to inform and make the citizens aware of fire safety. Number one, always having a working smoke detector inside your home. You want to make sure you check it at least once a month. We would also like to take this time and let our citizens know that when you are cooking to make sure you stay inside the kitchen when you are cooking. So, the academy is geared to being very informational with some hands on trainings for our citizens."

Monday the week long citizen's academy will begin. To sign up for the next class in July you can contact the Jackson Fire Department.

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