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Free citizens fire academy returns in Brunswick Hills

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    Chief Anthony Strazzo and Trustees Micheal Esber and John Witthuhn take a photo with fire academy participants last year after the second citizens fire academy ended. Each participant receives CPR certification.



BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. –– The Brunswick Hills Fire Department will hold its third annual citizens fire academy this spring.

The free program will begin Thursday, March 21, and end Thursday, April 23. Each session will be from 6-8 p.m. at the town hall,1918 Pearl Road.

Throughout the six classes, residents will receive instruction from several different department employees and officials.

“Basically, they get kind of a behind-the-scenes look at the fire department and how we operate and it starts at the administrative end of things. How our budget works, how we determine what vehicles we need, how many people we need and what types of calls we go on,” Strazzo said.

“Then, they actually see the equipment that we purchase. Our guys actually show them how we use that equipment and then they themselves can actually operate the equipment.”

Some of the other topics that will be discussed are home safety procedures and CPR. Attendees will able to get their CPR certification.

The course usually gets about 15 participants and the department has received positive feedback over the last couple of years.

“Our feedback has been phenomenal,” Strazzo said.

He said that people have told him that they did not realize what kind of planning went into department decisions and were unaware of the capabilities and equipment that the department had.

People will be able to leave the course with new skills and information as well as insight into what goes into running the department.

For more information on the program, call (330) 225-2111.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at

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