City Corner column: civilian fire academy begins Nov. 7

Oct. 30, 2011 at 5:30 a.m.

By Jennifer Sourdellia

I recently saw a post on the city's Facebook page about a civilian fire academy. I am interested in participating. Can you tell me more?

Yes. The Victoria Fire Department is hosting a free six-week fire academy for civilians that begins Nov. 7. The academy will be from 6-9 p.m. every Monday through Dec. 19 at the Victoria Fire Station No. 1, 606 E. Goodwin St.

The only requirement is that participants must be at least 18 years old and live in Victoria County.

The fire academy is designed to educate participants through a series of classroom and hands-on training. The academy will focus on the nature of firefighting along with the hazards and rewards that firefighting encompasses.

The classes will include hands-on demonstrations on a variety of topics, including fire communications, incident command, apparatus, vehicle extrication, emergency medical services, fire prevention, hazardous materials and protective clothing.

For more information and an application, please contact the Victoria Fire Administration Office at 361-485-3450. A brochure and application is available to download online at and click on "Fire."

Will the city pick up a non-working television set if I leave it by the curb?

Your question is very timely. Starting Tuesday, the City of Victoria and Waste Management will provide a new, convenient, responsible and safe way to dispose of household hazardous waste (including E-waste) year-round with a home pick-up service.

To participate, residents must contact the Call Center at 1-800-449-7587 to arrange a collection appointment. Operators at the Call Center will discuss the types of household hazardous waste products that need to be disposed of.

The center will send you a household hazardous waste collection kit, information about where to place the items for collection, as well as a date when the items will be collected from your home.

The collection kit includes an instruction sheet and other items to assist you with packing and securing household hazardous waste. Materials that will not be collected include ammunition, medicine, explosives, asbestos or any other unlabeled or leaking containers. On the scheduled date, a technician will collect materials directly from your home and transport the materials for safe and proper recycling and disposal. For questions or more information, please call Environmental Services at 361-485-3230.

Will the city of Victoria be participating in Texas Recycles Day next month? Are there any activities planned to promote local recycling?

Texas Recycles Day, held each year Nov. 15, is a statewide public awareness campaign educating Texans about the environmental and economic benefits of waste reduction and recycling. As part of this campaign, the city of Victoria Environmental Services Department is making plans to educate residents about the importance of recycling and "going green" by hosting a Texas Recycles Scavenger Hunt in downtown Victoria Nov. 14-18.

During the scavenger hunt, participants will follow the "clues" to 28 downtown restaurants and businesses. They will have five days to complete the hunt. The first 50 participants to submit their completed scavenger hunt cards at a Texas Recycles celebration from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Nave Museum will win a recycling bin filled with environmental giveaways.

Scavenger hunt cards and more information can be found at by clicking on the Environmental Services link or call 361-485-3230.

Do you have a question about the City of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.



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