Boulder Fire Rescue will offer a free Citizen's Fire Academy for members of the community hoping to get hands-on training and learn more about firefighting.

The Citizen's Fire Academy is a seven-week course starting April 2 and ending May 21, during which participants will meet every Wednesday night and on two Saturdays.

Those who sign up will get an overview of how the department operates as well as hands-on training sessions. The course will include fire mitigation, station tours, auto extrication, CPR training and information about the operations of the fire department and dive-rescue and hazardous materials teams.

The classes will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday night with two Saturday classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 19 and May 3.

The course is free for Boulder residents 18 and older.

Applications are due by March 14 and are available at Boulder Fire Rescue headquarters, 1805 33rd St.

 Applications are also posted at: bouldercolorado.gov/fire-rescue/citizens-fire-academy

For more information, contact life safety educator Kim Scott at 303-441-4355 or scottk@bouldercolorado.gov

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars.