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Public Safety Teen Academy

Event date: Monday, June 03, 2013, from 8:50 AM to 8:50 AM

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Teens REady for Action-Packed Week

at Public Safety Teen Academy

Media Contacts:        Lori Schmidt, 480-272-1710



More than 40 teens are gaining life skills while learning about future careers in law enforcement and fire services June 3-7 at the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy. This is the sixth year that Scottsdale Police and Fire departments offer a total public safety experience, which includes exposure to both police and fire training. 


The action-packed week, held each day from 6:30 am-3:30 pm at the Tom Hontz Training Facility (911 N. Stadem Drive, Tempe), features hands-on learning and demonstrations.


Scheduled activities include firefighting skill stations, Hands-only CPR awareness, basic first aid and triage, police riot control techniques, decision shooting scenarios, criminal investigations.  The students also get to view tactical demonstrations by the Police K-9 Unit, Horse Patrol, SWAT and Bike teams.  Teens will also get to see live fire and crash rescue scenarios up close and personal.


The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at 2:30 pm, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale.


To participate in the Academy, the teens had to submit an application and go through a basic background check. Once they complete the required paperwork, the recruits are assigned a squad and a Recruit Training Officer who works with their group through the entire week.  Teens who have previously graduated from the Academy often come back to serve as Junior Recruit Training Officers to assist their peers through the learning.


Teens interested in pursuing a career in public safety are encouraged to apply for Scottsdale Police or Fire Explorer programs that offer year-round training and education.  For additional information, visit www.ScottsdalePD.com or www.ScottsdaleFD.com.