Citizens' Fire Academy

Our Citizens’ Fire Academy will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the role we serve in the community. You will learn about the responsibilities of the four divisions of the fire department (administration, professional development, fire prevention, and operations) through classroom settings, technical demonstrations, and participation in task-based scenarios. Some sessions will involve opportunities to participate in essential firefighting skills requiring physical agility, mobility, strength, and endurance (participation is voluntary). We seek to strengthen partnerships with our community and look forward to connecting with you during this academy. Program topics and content include:

  • Introduction to the fire department organization

  • Fire department communications and interagency cooperation

  • Fire department’s role in emergency medical services

  • Fire scene management and operations (protective clothing and equipment, hoseline operations, etc.)

  • Technical rescue disciplines (rope rescue, vehicle extrication, water rescue)

  •  Fire prevention and public education

Academy dates and location

The second Lenexa Fire Department Citizens’ Fire Academy begins Sept. 14, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continues on consecutive Thursdays for six weeks ending on Oct. 19, 2017. There will be one Saturday session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. held within this time frame on a date most conducive for participants. Classes are generally held at Lenexa Fire Station #3, 24000 Prairie Star Pkwy.


To be eligible for the Citizens Fire Academy, you must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Lenexa and have no significant criminal record. Criminal history background checks will be conducted.

The Fire Chief has discretion to make the final decision on the suitability of all citizen participants in any program we offer. Within the boundaries of applicable law, nothing in this procedure prohibits the Fire Chief from denying attendance to any individual if it is in the best interest of the Lenexa Fire Department, the City of Lenexa, or the participants in its programs.

Automatic disqualifiers

Past history that would automatically disqualify you from participating in the Citizen’s Fire Academy includes:

  • Conviction of a felony or any offense that would constitute a felony within the State of Kansas or the United States

  • Conviction of a Class “A” or “B” misdemeanor within the past five years

  • Conviction of any crime of a sexual nature

  • A dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces

  • Exhibiting any conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the Lenexa Fire Department.

How do I apply?

Class size is restricted to 15 participants due to the volume of activities and exercises planned. Applications for the first Citizens’ Fire Academy in 2016 resulted in an overwhelming response, which required a wait list to be created. That being said, only five vacancies remain for this year’s academy. Applications will be accepted until seats are filled, with excess applicants being used as alternates or included on a wait list for next year. For further information, call Deputy Fire Chief Travis Vaughn at 913.477.7905.

Apply for the Citizens Fire Academy