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WPFD Fire Academy Class application deadline approaching

The West Plains Fire Department Fire Academy Class of 2021 is scheduled to begin August 2. The application deadline is Monday, July 12. Applications are available at West Plains Fire Station No. 1, 1901 Kissinger St.

The West Plains Fire Department is looking for recruits with a variety of professional backgrounds, life experiences, and with current/past or no experience. Recruits must be willing to meet the challenge and eager in learning the requirements of being a firefighter. Recruits need to bring a passion for the fire service and serving the residents, visitors, and businesses of the community they represent.

The Fire Academy Class of 2021 will be limited to 21 seats. There are no fees associated with attending the Fire Academy Class.

The 20-week academy will be held on Mondays and Thursdays in the classroom at West Plains Fire Headquarters. Practical Skills will be held on every other Saturday at the West Plains Fire Training Facility located at 1620 Girdley St. The Fire Academy will begin on Monday, August 2, at 6 p.m. with a formal meeting describing the class and requirements. 

After 20 weeks of extensive testing, evaluation, and successful completion of State Firefighter I/II certifications, The Fire Academy Class of 2021 will be eligible to apply for part-time firefighter positions with the West Plains Fire Department or their local area fire department.

After completing months of extensive classroom and manipulative training, recruits will have completed a rigorous regime that included fire ground operations, ladder evolutions, hose lays, auto extrication, rescue systems, firefighting, hazard materials, and ventilation practices.  In addition, after successful completion, all recruits will be certified Firefighter 1 & 2 levels through the Missouri Division of Fire Safety and IFSAC.

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