Get Involved In Public Service With Citizen Academies

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Bryan Fire Department Citizen Academy

Ever wonder what it is like to rush into a burning building? Curious about extrication techniques? Or have you always wanted to ride in a fire engine?

Now is your chance! The Bryan Fire Department is accepting applications to the Citizen Fire Academy. The 9-week program will meet every Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm beginning September 6 and ending November 1. The course is designed to open the lines of communication between the BFD and the community.

Some topics covered in the course include: Fire and EMS Operations, extrication, first aid, CPR, rescue, HazMat, Emergency Management, and investigations. Class members also will have the opportunity for a ride-along in a fire engine and participate in a live burn day at the TEEX Brayton Fire Field. Meals will be provided at each class, with some of the meals provided by the firefighters.

To be eligible for the Citizen Fire Academy participants must be at least 18 years of age and must live or work in the City of Bryan. Participants must also be able to commit to attending each class.

To sign-up, fill out the online application. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 17, or until the class is filled (class size restricted to 20 participants.)

For more information, including a schedule of classes, go online to the BFD Citizen Fire Academy webpage, or contact Nikki Koski at (979) 209-5970 or


Citizen Sheriff’s Academy 

Are you a fan of CSI? COPS? Police shows in general? Then signing up for the Citizen Sheriff’s Academy is a must. 

The 12-week, free program begins on August 21 and continues through November 6. Meetings are every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at fire stations and community centers around the county.

Members will learn about the latest trends and procedures in law enforcement, as well as duties and responsibilities of the various divisions. In addition, members will also have the opportunity to tour the various facilities.

Learn interesting facts about each community in the Brazos County. Topics covered include: 

  • Rural Patrol
  • Sex Offender Registration
  • Tour 911 Dispatch
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Tour Jail Facilities
  • Crime Prevention
  • Animal Control
  • Ride along after graduation

Seating is limited, so early sign-up is encouraged.

For more information or to register, contact Deputy Ed Frank at or (979) 361-4906, or Deputy Josh Hearen at or (979) 361-4949