Students ages 14-18 can get hands-on fire training and education during the Washington Fire Department’s first junior fire academy, June 4-6.

The junior fire academy is designed to give area youth a real life look into the fire service through training exercises dealing with community emergency response teams, live fire training, disaster training and much more.

The goal is to provide a safe learning environment while inspiring future public servants.

It will involve indoor classroom training and outdoor practical skills. Participants should be physically capable of doing basic outdoor activities.

The cost of the three-day course is $40, and lunch will be provided each day.

It will be held at the Washington Fire Training Complex, 6531 Maurice Unnerstall Drive, Washington.

The program is open to students in the Four Rivers Career Center Area.

The class will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m., and a graduation will be held June 6 at 7 p.m. Students’ family members are encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony.

More information can be found at or by visiting the Washington Fire Headquarters, 200 E. 14th St., Washington.

To contact a cadet, please call (636) 390-1020, or Lt. Nick Risch can be contacted at (314) 581-4566 if no one is available at the fire administration office.

Parents should inform cadets of allergies their children may have so other lunch accommodations can be made.