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  • Highland City Club Library 885 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO, 80302 United States (map)

Member Monday 3/19: Boulder Fire & Rescue

Some years ago a provision was added to the Boulder Municipal Code declaring Boulder to be a nuclear free zone. The City Council followed that up with a mayors-for-peace initiative to exempt Boulder (and other cities) as a nuclear target. Whew, with that threat now reduced, we can move on to other matters.

While only the City Council can protect us from nuclear war, Boulder’s Fire and Rescue department reflects the best of how local government can actually address the other dangers. Member Monday (3/19) will feature Kim Scott as she provides an overview of the Citizens’ Fire and Rescue Academy, a series of five free sessions in the evening and one Saturday. You will find the overview session itself to be extremely informative and interactive. 

May your appetite then be whetted to consider the actual Academy. It is both  experiential and physical. You will (if you want): don a hazmat suit and work a labyrinth of pipes in a toxic release simulation; spend the Saturday session at the Boulder Reservoir and learn how to triangulate on a drowning victim, work hoses, extricate the injured from an auto accident, and practice a fast-water rescue procedure; become up close and personal with all aspects of fighting wildfires (including the deployment of the individual panic survival tent); visit most fire stations and see the operations from the inside. 

Some things just have to be experienced to be appreciated. Both David Bright and I, Academy alumnae, will be pleased to provide lots of color commentary.

Boulder Fire-Rescue Citizens’ Academy presented by Kim Scott & Danielle Atton

Are You Ready for the Challenge?

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the fire department and what firefighting is really like, come join us for the Boulder Fire-Rescue Citizens’ Academy

The Citizens’ Academy is a free, five-week course that will give members of the community an overview of how their fire department operates. The purpose of the Citizens’ Academy is not to train an individual to be a firefighter, but to give participants the opportunity to have an in-depth learning experience.

Participants will receive CPR/AED training (not certification). The course is designed not only to provide information, but to also give practical safety information. There will be many hands-on opportunities.

The course is free to City of Boulder residents or those who work in the city who are 18 and older. Applicants must agree to a background check.

Topics Include:

  • Fire Department Operations
  • Specialty Teams (Dive-Rescue, Hazardous Materials)
  • Wildland Fire Risk and Mitigation
  • Resiliency
  • Station Tours
  • Auto Extrication
  • Community Outreach

Join us for an ongoing roundtable discussion led by City Club's Steve Smith. Be sure to check your email for City Club's Newsletter to learn about the upcoming topic. Reserve your spot as space is limited!

Delicious Lunch and Program in the Library

Members $20

Member paid for Guests $25

Self Paying Guests $30

RSVP by emailing