The 22 Junior Police Academy recruits started their week-long program yesterday, under the direction of officers from Clinton Township Police, and will spend modules, just like a real academy, learning about how an officers life may look like. And yes, they make it even a little realistic with physical training, line ups and marching, along with a Squad Leader and Guidon.
Participants had the opportunity to learn some CPR and choking patient skills, and see some of the equipment the Squad uses to treat patients of sudden cardiac arrest. They also had the opportunity to review our Heavy Rescue Truck, and demonstrate some of the tools used to stabilize, make access to or lift a vehicle involved in an accident.
The Annandale Hose company finished up our session with dressing the recruits up into full turnout gear, with SCBA and radios in hand, and gave them an insight into what conditions may be like in an actual house fire, utilizing their Smoke House training trailer.
And then we sent the recruits off to lunch, before being joined by representatives of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office giving them demonstrations from their Narcotics Task Force and K9 units.
Students came out with a new appreciation for how heavy the gear firefighters and rescuers wear and carry is. We would like to thank the Clinton Township Police Department for adding this module to the program this summer, and look forward to participating again in the future, as well as to the AHCO1 for hosting the day's activities.
Past participants, some of whom were also on hand, have joined our department once turning 16 years old, the age necessary to be part of the CFARS Cadet program. This is the same age that AHCO1 also allows new volunteers. For more information about our cadet program, or volunteering in general, please visit our membership drive website at http://www.joinclintonems.com