Trenton, NJ (Mercer). Police, Fire and EMS Departments join forces once again for their Annual Junior Public Safety Academy. Yesterday’s orientation included 45 students who registered for the program, eager and ready to get their experience underway! Last year’s program had 13 graduates, so already the academy is off to a great start.

“The program starts July 5th and runs through August 18th,” said Kenneth Douglas, Trenton Fire Department Director. “Benefits of the program include: cultural and social trips, physical fitness as well as Fire, Police and EMS skills and training; it really is a well rounded program.”

“This program is a great opportunity for the youth to interact positively with our Public Safety Officials to help build open lines of communication, respect and trust,” said Councilwoman At -Large Crystal Feliciano.

“The youth need interactive and educational activities throughout the summer,” said South Ward Councilwoman Jenna Figueroa Kettenburg. “This is just one of the many programs offered to allow the youth to be engaged in positive activities, as well as expose them to potential career choices when they get older.”

Director Douglas explained that other program offerings are CPR Certification, Drone Training, Intro to Scuba Diving, Intro to Repelling, Boat Safety, Public Safety and Communication, Volunteerism and community service in Trenton and so much more. The youth will also go on trips to DC, PA, NJ and NYC and will visit different Public Safety Academies throughout NJ.

“It’s really a win/win situation for all,” said Feliciano. “Kudos and thank you to Fire Director Douglas, Police Director Wilson and EMS Director Griffin on coming together once again along with all of the instructors and volunteers to make this happen for our youth, you are all appreciated!”

“The success of this program last year was wonderful to witness. I hope to replicate and expand its success this year and for years to come. We’re thankful for the ongoing support from our city, county, and state partners,” said Douglas. Mayor Reed Gusciora affirmed, “Investment in our City’s youth is an investment in our City’s future. This and other youth-centered programs will help our City be better informed, educated, and motivated to serve their fellow Trentonians for many years to come. I’m thankful to Director Kenneth Douglas for creating the program and to our Trenton firefighters who support the operations of the program.” (City of Trenton Website)

For more information, parents and students may contact Firefighter Eric Johnson at 609-424-6011 or [email protected]

Thomas Peterson is the Editor in Chief and founder of Peterson’s Breaking News of Trenton. Thomas founded PBT in 2012.