How to Participate

  1. Citizen Academy
  2. Adopt-a-Hydrant
  3. Fire Explorers

Citizen Fire Academy 2019Join us for an exciting, one-of-a-kind opportunity!

The IGH FD jointly hosts an annual Citizens Fire Academy alongside the South Metro Fire Department where participants receive hands-on and classroom firefighting training.* 

Experience Real Fire Department Training!

In the Citizen’s Fire Academy, participants will be given a behind-the-scenes look at firefighting. Along with an in-depth informational look at each fire department, the Citizens Fire Academy includes participation in varying fire, rescue, and EMS activities such as:

  • Use real fire equipment
  • Learn vehicle extrication—cut up a car to rescue someone inside
  • Learn Basic First Aid and hands-only CPR
  • Wear your own fire gear in a live fire training
  • Learn valuable life safety skills you can use at home


This unique eight-week program is open to residents who live and/or work within the cities of West St. Paul, South St. Paul, or Inver Grove Heights. All ages 18+ and abilities are welcome. Anyone can participate to their comfort level. 

Upcoming Sessions

Sessions are three hours per week for eight weeks, typically in the fall.

  • Next Session: Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Nov. 1 · 6:30–9:30 p.m. 
    • Apply by Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. by contacting Dan Bernardy (info. below).


For more details and any questions regarding the Citizen’s Fire Academy, please contact Lieutenant Dan Bernardy, Fire Operations Supervisor at or call 651-450-4303.

*This academy is not a training to become a firefighter.