BOTETOURT, Va. (WFXR) — Starting in March, the Botetourt community can learn what it’s like to be an emergency responder during the over month-long ‘Citizen’s Fire and EMS Academy’.

The Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS says the academy will feature classroom time, as well as hands-on experiences. Those who attend will learn life-saving safety topics and skills including fire safety, emergency management, 9-1-1 notification systems, CPR, ‘Stop the Bleed’, first aid, special rescue situations, and more.

Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 1st to April 12th with a graduation on the final night.

Schedule from Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS:

  • March 1: Welcome & System Overview
  • March 8: Community Risk Reduction and Fire Training
  • March 15: Emergency Notification System, 9-1-1, Emergency Management
  • March 22: CPR, First Aid, Stop the Bleed
  • March 29: EMS Overview including Critical Care
  • April 5: Special Rescue Situations
  • April 12: Graduation

The deadline to register is Feb. 10th. To learn more about the academy on Eventbrite click here.