Murrieta Fire and Rescue kicks off Citizen’s Fire Academy

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Attendees of Murrieta Fire and Rescue’s Citizen’s Fire Academy watch a video about the fire department during the first night of the seven-week course that teaches residents the ins and outs of what the fire department does every day Wednesday, Aug. 21. The group will meet each Wednesday night for about three hours. Jeff Pack photo
Some people signed up to attend Murrieta Fire and Rescue’s seven-week Citizen’s Fire Academy out of curiosity. Others did it for experience and understanding. Still, others did it for the challenge. “I’m a bored housewife,” Stacey Kerr of Murrieta said, laughing. “No, I climb mountains. I go to the gym. I’m like ‘hey, this sounds like a challenge.’ It fascinates me, the physicality of the job of the firefighter. I want to see what they do.” During the next six weeks, she will have the opportunity, because the more than two dozen residents were are grouped into six teams that will go through a training and education program that promises to be challenging. They will learn de
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