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CFA students literally dive into their studies under the watchful eyes of professional firefighters — here learning about swift water rescue during the 12-week course. (Photo by Don Anders)

Did you ever wish you had grown up to be a firefigher? Well, don’t give up o that dream yet. The San Marcos Fire Department still has a few spots open for its third Citizen Fire Academy.
The 12-week course starts Aug. 19 and runs through early November. It offers
classroom and hands-on experience to increase fire and life safety awareness of the services that the Fire Department provides and promotes a positive image of the department to the community.  
 The CFA meets every Monday at Fire Station # 5, excluding holidays, from 6 to 9 p.m. with a few special exercises on scheduled Saturdays.
 Classes cover a department overview, ground operations, EMS with CPR and AED certification, swift water rescue and rope rescues, fire extinguisher training, fire safety and fire science.
 Students also learn about personal protective gear, ground ladders and aerial operations, pump operations, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials and live fire training with full protective gear and breathing apparatus.
 To register participants must be a resident or work in San Marcos. Class size is limited to 15 cadets. Only a few spots are still available. 
Application and liability forms can be found on the city of San Marcos SMFD Citizens Fire Academy web page,
For more information, call (512) 805-2660.