Citizens' Fire Academy

Our Citizens’ Fire Academy will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the role we serve in Lenexa. You will learn about the responsibilities of the four divisions of the fire department (administration, professional development, fire prevention, and operations) through classroom settings, technical demonstrations and by participating in practical-based exercises. We forward to strengthening partnerships with you. Program topics and content include:

  • Introduction to the fire department organization

  • Fire scene management and operations

  • Fire department’s role in emergency medical services

  • Fire prevention and public education

  • Technical rescue disciplines

  • Fire department communications

  • Observational fire department ride-along

Academy dates and location

We offered our first Citizens’ Fire Academy in the fall of 2016. Please check back for future Citizens Fire Academy dates. Classes are held at Lenexa Fire Station #3, 24000 Prairie Star Parkway.


To be eligible for the Citizens Fire Academy, you must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Lenexa and have no significant criminal record. Criminal history background checks will be conducted.

The Fire Chief has discretion to make the final decision on the suitability of all citizen participants in any program we offer. Within the boundaries of applicable law, nothing in this procedure prohibits the Fire Chief from denying attendance to any individual if it is in the best interest of the Lenexa Fire Department, the City of Lenexa, or the participants in its programs.

Automatic disqualifiers

Past history that would automatically disqualify you from participating in the Citizen’s Fire Academy includes:

  • Conviction of a felony or any offense that would constitute a felony within the State of Kansas or the United States

  • Conviction of a Class “A” or “B” misdemeanor within the past five years

  • Conviction of any crime of a sexual nature

  • A dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces

  • Exhibiting any conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the Lenexa Fire Department.

How do I apply?

Applications will be available before the next Citizens Fire Academy session. For more information, call Division Chief Travis Vaughn at 913.477.7905.