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.”