Blaine Citizens Academy registration open

Blaine residents interested in learning more about public safety services are encouraged to register for the 2014 Blaine Citizens Academy.

The Blaine Citizens Academy gives participants hands-on opportunities, such as handling tools firefighters use to extricate someone from a smashed vehicle.

The Blaine Citizens Academy gives participants hands-on opportunities, such as handling tools firefighters use to extricate someone from a smashed vehicle. File photo by Eric Hagen

The eight-week course, hosted by the city of Blaine Safety Services Division, is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the structure and operations of the police, fire and community standards departments while participating in a variety of exciting and fast-paced activities, all in a safe and fun environment.

Class is held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 3 to Oct. 22. The academy meets at a different location each week depending on the activities scheduled.

Course topics and hands-on activities include police use of force, motor vehicle extrication, firefighting, crime prevention, fire prevention, housing maintenance, code compliance, criminal investigations, fire investigations, drug awareness, traffic stops and other emergency response.

All applicants 18 years and older are invited to apply. Class size is limited and all applicants must pass a criminal history background check.

Applications can be found at www.ci.blaine.mn.us and will be accepted until the class fills, so class organizers recommend early registration.

For more information, contact Deputy Fire Marshal Todd Miller at 763-785-6173 or Tmiller@ci.blaine.mn.us or contact Support Services Manager Wende Ferguson at 763-785-6112 or wferguson@ci.blaine.mn.us.

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