Citizen’s Fire Academy

The Citizen's Fire Academy offers citizens in the Loveland-Symmes community a fun opportunity to learn about their fire and emergency medical services (EMS) department. As participants, you will get a “behind the scenes” understanding of the LSFD and learn how firefighters and paramedics do their jobs. Participants will meet department personnel and receive hands-on training in different skills that include:

  • Apparatus familiarization
  • Equipment and tool familiarization
  • Hose and ladder operations
  • Search and rescue
  • Self-Contained breathing apparatus


Participants have ranged in age from 19 to over 70 years old and all have loved it. Some attend alone, and others do it with family members.

“The training is a fun and easy way to see demonstrations and you can participate at your own comfort level,” says Lieutenant Jim Hellyer, the coordinator.

Hands-On Training

Graduates of the citizen's fire academy have often stated that they were surprised at how much of the academy training is hands-on. Examples of hands-on activities include:

  • The ability to see the vehicles up close
  • Emergency medical services
  • Hose and ladder operations

Fun Experience

Everyone has a great time while learning about their Fire and EMS department.

Fire Corps Volunteer Program

After completion of the training and graduation, participants may continue being active with the fire department in areas that interest them as part of the fire department’s overall Fire Corps Volunteer Program.

Sign up for the Academy

To sign up for the program, please complete the Citizens Fire Academy Form. 

More Information

To find out more about the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy, please email Lieutenant Jim Hellyer. We look forward to seeing you!