“As graduates of the Citizen’s Public Safety Academy, these individuals now have a better understanding of what goes into making Stamford a safe and healthy city,” said Mayor David Martin. “Graduates should be proud of what they have accomplished and we are thankful for their dedication to making Stamford a safer place.”
Participants received an overview of exactly what each agency’s responsibility is and how they respond in emergency situations. Participants were taught to assess safety issues and share their knowledge of public safety practices and policies with others. The graduates from this academy class are also now qualified to become members of the City of Stamford’s Community Emergency Response Team (“CERT”), a highly motivated and dedicated volunteer citizen organization.
This Academy was a hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program, taught by experienced police officers, firefighters, emergency medical, health, social service and CERT personnel.
Ted Jankowski, the Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare added, “The purpose of the Citizens Public Safety Academy is to foster community involvement, understanding, and education by providing an opportunity for the public to gain first-hand experience of the duties and responsibilities of public safety personnel. The Academy is an important component to our community-oriented philosophy to strengthen the entire community in terms of public safety and quality of life.”
Three of the Citizens Public Safety Academy students shared their experiences with the audience.
Ms. Jeverra Hennessy shared her encounter during her ride along with the Stamford Police Department. She went on several interesting incidents and shared how much she learned. She stated, “I got a glimpse of what our police officers do, and I am impressed and really admire them for their service”.
Mr. Robert Giordano shared his experience being up close with the Chief and firefighters of the Stamford Fire Department. Upon arriving at the fire station, he was given the grand tour of the trucks, equipment and the station, and could appreciate the very difficult and dangerous job that firefighters have.
Mr. Steven J. Ordonez shared his experience riding with Stamford Emergency Medical Services. He stated that he learned a lot about the profession and the lifesaving equipment used, and saw how dedicated the emergency medical technicians and paramedics are in providing the best medical care possible.
The topics covered in the class included:
• Law Enforcement overview and Community Policing
• Field trips to Public Safety agency facilities with guided tours
• Terrorism awareness and evacuation procedures
• K-9 demonstration
• The use of force continuum and incident de-escalation procedures
• Ambulance life support services and disaster medical operations
• Firefighting overview and techniques
• Incident command, basic emergency awareness and CERT duties and responsibilities
• Health, emergency management and emergency communications
• Bomb Squad response and duties
• Current narcotics trends and enforcement
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