After being canceled for the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles County fire department is ready to host the sixth annual Women’s Fire Prep Academy (WFPA) opening day. This event will take place at the Department’s Cecil R. Gehr Memorial Combat Training Center, located at 1320 N. Eastern Ave., on Saturday, March 19 at 7 a.m.

“We are eager to safely welcome everyone back for another Women’s Fire Prep Academy,” said Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby.  “The Academy is so popular and fills up quickly because it provides a chance to learn first-hand what it takes to be in the fire service – and to be part of our world-renowned Department.”

This event is open to people 18 years of age and up, registered candidates will have the chance to compete for a spot in the upcoming WFPA that will last for six consecutive Saturdays. With very limited spots available, candidates are encouraged to sign up at and submit applications. The program will be led by Fire Captain Sara Rathbun among other professional firefighters. 

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