The National Save A Life Tour came to Vinal Tech and our seniors (terrors behind the wheel) got the chance to see just how quickly things can go bad when you take your eyes off the road. The statistics are staggering and students saw the consequences of not paying attention behind the wheel.
CJPS Seniors and Freshman attended the memorial service marking the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Students got to speak with numerous veterans and learn about the conflict. The day was full of emotion as students watched a veteran salute the memorial, another resting his hand on the monument with his head down, the names of all the soldiers lost being read aloud, taps, and a gun salute. Thank you to our veterans for all you have done, and continue to do for us. Your service is not lost.
Today we had the extra special honor of hosting CJPS senior Liv's official SIGNING with the Mass Maritime Academy Buccaneers softball team. Liv will be continuing her studies in emergency management in their impressive and high-tech emergency operations center. Because of Liv, Vinal CJPS and Mass Maritime now have a standing agreement for in-state tuition for any of our graduates! Keep knockin it out of the park Liv :)
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.