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Albany Fire Citizens Academy (Photo) - 08/04/17

years2017 Albany Fire Department Citizens Academy will be held on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. -- 9:30 p.m., September 13- October 25, 2017. The Citizens Academy is a unique concept in fire suppression and community relations. As part of a continuing commitment to develop resident awareness and understanding of the role of the fire service, the Albany Fire Department has designed an academy course for citizens of all backgrounds and occupations. The Academy is offered free to Albany residents who are 18 years or older and who pass a criminal background check.

The Citizens Academy consists of interactive classroom and hands-on instruction. Topics include, but are not limited to: training, hiring, fire suppression, water rescue, building searches, CPR training, and vehicle extractions.

If you would like to participate in this year's Academy, please complete an application online at Applications are due by Monday, September 4, 2017. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Sandy Roberts at 541-917-7734.

Albany Heat Wave - 07/31/17

Albany, Oregon, is expecting temperatures above 100 degrees this week. It's time to practice what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) describes as stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

Albany Fire Department has a few tips to help you stay healthy during the heat wave. Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Avoid direct sunlight and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. If you feel you're getting too hot, take a cool shower or bath. If you know someone who might be vulnerable to extreme heat, check on them at least twice a day.

Look for symptoms of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating, weakness, cold/pale/clammy skin, a fast and weak pulse, and fainting. Symptoms of heat stroke include hot, red, dry or moist skin and a rapid and strong pulse. Heat stroke can lead to possible unconsciousness, so be aware of your condition and if you start noticing these symptoms. Those most at risk for heat-related illness are people 65 years and older, people with chronic medical conditions, infants and children, athletes, people who work outdoors, and those without indoor air conditioning.

Drink more water than usual. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more, and remind those around you to do the same. The public can fill reusable water bottles at our City Library, City Hall, and the Senior Center.

If you have outdoor plans, check the local forecast for extreme heat alerts.

If you are looking for a place to cool down in Albany, consider the Albany Public Libraries and Senior Center, shopping centers, movie theaters, or other public places with air conditioning.

Albany Fire Department can't stress enough how important it is to not overexert yourself and to stay indoors or find an indoor space with air conditioning. If you plan to head to the river or watering hole to cool off, stop by one of Albany's four fire stations first to borrow a life safety vest for everyone who will be near the water. The Loaner Life Jacket Program is provided by the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund.