Jackson and Cass: Around our towns

08/19/2014 10:40 PM

08/19/2014 10:40 PM

Harrisonville Citizen’s Fire Academy

Harrisonville Emergency Services is recruiting interested men and women for its inaugural Citizen’s Fire Academy, which Chief Larry Francis believes is the first of its kind in Cass County.

Francis said the academy will give participants a behind-the-scenes view of emergency services, along with a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

Participants will be issued firefighter turnout gear, ride along on service calls and race against the clock while using the Jaws of Life in a vehicle extrication.

“The purpose of this is to educate people on what we do,” Francis said.

The course will meet for about two or three hours on Wednesday evenings, beginning Sept. 10, and will run for seven weeks, ending Oct. 22.

Preference will be given to Harrisonville residents and business owners, but anyone is encouraged to apply. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

If interested, call 816-380-8925 or email lfrancis@harrisonville.com.

| Bethany Bashioum,

Special to The Star

Swope Health has new Independence address

Swope Health Independence has relocated its clinic to 11320 E. Truman Road.

At 7,500 square feet, the new clinic more than doubles the capacity of the previous facility at 1638 W. U.S. 24.

An event last Wednesday welcomed patients to the new location.

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