Cycle 5 was AMAZING and fun thanks to Halloween falling during it! Juniors were working on intermediate CSI and criminal investigations involving individuals impaired by drugs or alcohol while the Sophomores were busy earning their Hazardous Materials Awareness certification. For the capstone of the HAZMAT course, thanks to the help of Charlie's Water Wagon, we built a full-scale hazardous materials exercise for the students to solve. There was even a surprise T-Rex attack which you just never see coming. We even had a GREAT article written about us in the Middletown Press! Read it here!
One of the more advanced lessons CJPS seniors learn is about the effects of terrorism on our trade. Police, Fire, and EMS need to be prepared to respond to the rare threats their communities face just as equally as the "routine" threats they face. CJPS seniors recently received special training through the Department of Homeland Security in this area and finished off their training by seeing first hand the equipment used. Special thanks to Detective Steve Citta of the Hartford Police Department for hosting us!
CJPS attended the funeral for Connecticut State Trooper Brian Mohl to pay our respects and thank him for his service. Trooper Torres was kind enough to escort us to the ceremony and explain to the class the various parts of the ceremony. It was certainly something we won't forget. Our deepest sympathies to the Mohl family and the Connecticut State Police. Thank you for your service.
Congratulations to our amazing graduates who are off to do amazing things! Stay in touch!!!
It was 90 degrees the last 5 days... we had to get out of the building. Road trip to the New England Disaster Training Center at Camp Hartell to meet the awesome team training first responders from all over the country. We had a great time and are going to hopefully be visiting a lot more frequently for practical scenarios and to help other agencies train.
We are SO proud of all of our students for their incredible work during COVID-19 in support of real missions across the United States. We weren't the only ones that noticed though! Read the article here!
As part of the sophomore class' basic forensics unit, we decided to try something we've never tried in shop before, "fingerprinting" a vehicle! For this lesson, we found a pair of tire tracks left around the school. Once we identified a good set of tracks, we photographed and measured them, cast them, and then were successfully able to find a vehicle in the parking lot that had the same tire tread pattern and size. From here, we were determined to prove that this was the exact vehicle that left the tracks! We brought the vehicle into shop and took the vehicle's "fingerprints." Afterwards, we compared the photos, measurements, casting, and rolled track until we found the exact tire and tire segment that left the tracks! (Left front tire after about 3 hours of analysis!)
CJPS has been waiting for the right opportunity to test out the potential of our drone response team which is still in development. After receiving word of a garage fire, we decided it was the right opportunity and sprang into action. In the video below and in crisp 4K video, CJPS senior pilot Connor took off from Vinal Tech and flew to a safe altitude of 350 feet before responding to the fire. We remained a half mile away from the scene and were able to capture this clear video, arriving soon after the first on scene units. Although this video cuts short (we learned the memory card needs to be in the drone, not the controller), we remained onscene for about 15 minutes and watched operations until the flames were fully extinguished before returning to school. Nice job Middlefield FD knocking it down so quickly!
In the future, we hope to be able to assist the surrounding communities with calls such as missing persons, lost hikers, water rescues, and extended calls.
The Vinal Tech CJPS sophomore class recently held a fire prevention poster contest as part of their lesson on residential fire response and safety. The contest was judged by Lt. Sean Delaney of the Water Witch Hose Company #2 of New Milford. Lt. Delaney spoke to the students about the importance of community outreach in public safety and how the New Milford Fire Department has numerous community outreach programs to promote fire safety and fire prevention. He was so impressed by the student's work and their ability to capture their audience, that he requested permission to use some of the posters as part of their community outreach program! He selected several posters to use in his campaign but the winning poster in the contest was created by Bernie and will be featured on the New Milford Fire Department's social media! Congratulations Bern!