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MACC Announces Fire Academy 

Moberly Area Community College is excited to announce the launch of the MACC Fire Academy.

Developed in partnership with fire departments in northeast Missouri, the Fire Academy will begin holding classes in March 2015. Classroom instruction will be held at the Kirksville Higher Education Center at 2105 East Normal Street. Practical coursework will occur at local fire department training facilities. Departments partnering with MACC in the academy include the Kirksville Fire Department, Hannibal Fire Department, Moberly Fire Department, and Macon Fire Department.

"This collaboration among four cities is an outstanding example of MACC serving our service region," said MACC President Dr. Jeffery Lashley. "The Fire Academy will address a growing need for emergency personnel certification in both city and rural fire departments across Northeast Missouri. The fire departments in Hannibal, Kirksville, Macon, and Moberly are to be commended for their collective vision in developing this program."

Fire Academy classes will be offered twice weekly from 6PM to 10PM, with some Saturday practical work. In the future, these classes will be offered in Hannibal, Moberly, and Macon and will rotate each session. Fire Departments in Region B will provide necessary training equipment to help cut the cost of starting up the program. Graduates of the MACC Fire Academy will be prepared to sit for the State of Missouri Department of Public Safety Division of Fire Safety certification testing.

The MACC Fire Academy is currently looking for certified instructors. Interested parties should visit macc.edu for more information.

An official announcement with local fire and city officials will be held at the Kirksville Higher Education Center on Friday, January 16, 2015, at 1:30PM. After the announcement, the public is invited to an open house, showcasing classrooms and a selection of fire training apparatus.


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