More than 40 teens gain life skills while learning about future careers in law enforcement and fire services June 4-8 at the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy. Scottsdale Police and Fire departments collaborate to offer a total public safety experience, which includes exposure to both police and fire training.
To participate in the Academy, teens (ages 14-18) must submit an application and go through a basic background check. Due to the high interest in the academy, it is recommended that applications be completed as soon as possible to secure a seat. The deadline is April 13, 2018. Attendance for the entire academy is required. Apply here.
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 see live fire and crash rescue scenarios up close and personal.
The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at 2:30 pm, June 8, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale.
Teens interested in pursuing a career in public safety are also encouraged to apply for Explorer programs that offer year-round training and education.