Victoria City Corner: Civilian Fire Academy planned

Aug. 17, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.

Will the Victoria Fire Department host another Civilian Fire Academy?

Yes. The Victoria Fire Department will soon host a free, eight-week Fire Academy for civilians beginning Oct. 6.

Applications are being accepted now for the Civilian Fire Academy Class No. 8.

If you have ever wondered how your fire department operates, what it's like to be a firefighter or paramedic or maybe just want to be more involved with your city, this class is for you.

The academy will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday through Dec. 1, excluding Thanksgiving week, at the Victoria Fire Station No. 1, 606 E. Goodwin Ave.

Some sessions will also be at the Fire Training Facility on Southwest Ben Jordan Street.

The only requirement is that participants must be at least 18 years old and live in Victoria County. Class size is limited to 15 participants.

The Civilian Fire Academy is designed to educate participants about the daily operations of the fire department through a series of classroom and hands-on training. Sessions 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, search and rescue demonstration, EMS overview, CPR, high angle/rappelling, hazardous materials, protective clothing and much more.

Applications are available online at, or you can go to Fire Station No. 1 to fill out a paper copy. Application deadline is Sept. 15.

For more information, contact Capt. Tim Hunter by calling 361-485-3456 or email

My neighborhood has nice sidewalks so we can safely walk the neighborhood without worrying about being hit by cars. However, several of my neighbors park in their driveways and block the sidewalks, and we have to walk in the street to get around their vehicles. Is there any ordinance that prohibits blocking a sidewalk?

Yes. Section 10-20 of the City Code makes it a nuisance to block any street or sidewalk. My understanding is this is a police matter but a nonemergency incident. To report such a nuisance, call the police nonemergency number at 361-573-3221 and request an officer to come by.

Section 10-20 of the City Code says, "The following conditions and acts, among others, are hereby declared to be public nuisances: articles and substances which obstruct any street, sidewalk, alley, gutter, drain or public ground, except such as are permitted by ordinances of the city."

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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