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    Default Season 3 The Academy: Orange County Fire

    From a FOX REALITY CHANNEL Press Release....

    This sounds AWESOME! Can't wait to see it, and I hope it does well!

    Season 3 The Academy: Orange County Fire

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Fox Reality Channel announced it has begun production on the third season of its original series, “The Academy.” “The Academy: Orange County Fire,” produced by Scott Sternberg Productions, will return with 10 episodes, beginning Saturday, October 24, 2009 (Time: TBD).

    In 2007, fires burned more than 500,000 acres from California’s Santa Barbara County to the Mexico border. With its hot, dry climate, and Santa Ana winds, Southern California is one of the country’s most dangerous areas to fight fires. Fox Reality Channel’s “The Academy: Orange County Fire” will take viewers on a journey with 29 recruits as they endure 18 weeks of intense physical and emotional training. The first two seasons of “The Academy” followed recruits of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as they participated in a rigorous 18-week training program.

    For the first time, the Orange Country Fire Authority (OCFA) has opened its doors to let camera crews capture its training and firefighting tactics, along with all of the action and drama associated with taking part in one of the most grueling fire academy training programs in the nation.

    “Fox Reality Channel is eager to be working with Scott Sternberg Productions to extend ‘The Academy’ franchise from the Sheriff’s Department to the Fire Authority,” said Noel Siegel, VP Production & Development, Fox Reality Channel. “’The Academy: Orange County Fire’ gives viewers an unprecedented inside look at how firefighters train, including the extreme personal highs and lows of recruits as they aspire to take on one of the world’s most dangerous jobs.”
    A team of OCFA instructors known as “The Cadre” will guide the recruits through their transformation into firefighters, training them how to fight wildfires and
    structural fires, and deal with building collapses. Rigorous training with The OCFA team also includes handling of hazardous materials, working with vehicle and aircraft fires, and proficiency in emergency and rescue activities.

    “We are extremely proud of the way we train and prepare our fire recruits,” said OCFA Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion. “Providing Orange County with high-quality fire service requires state-of-the-art training, which will be shown in this series. We are excited that Fox Reality Channel will show the hard work, dedication, and commitment it takes to be an OCFA firefighter.”

    The OCFA, headquartered in Irvine, CA serves 22 cities in Orange County and all unincorporated areas, protecting over 1,380,000 residents with its 62 fire stations located throughout the county.

    “The firefighters of Southern California have one of the toughest jobs in the world,” said Scott Sternberg, President of Scott Sternberg Productions. “I am delighted to be partnering with Fox Reality Channel and the OCFA to extend The Academy brand and show viewers exactly what it takes to be part of this elite organization.”

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    It should be fun to watch. I did enjoy some of the sheriffs episodes and tuned in when I could.
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    "and everyone is encouraged to use Plain, Spelled Out English. I thought this was covered in NIMS training."

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