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Posted on: March 14, 2023

City of Trenton Fire Department Announces Second Year of Junior Public Safety Academy

The Summer Program Will Educate Youth on Public Safety

Trenton N.J. – The City of Trenton is proud to highlight the second year of Junior Public Safety Academy. This summer program seeks to provide Trenton youth with public safety training, at the headquarters of the Trenton Fire and Emergency Services department, which is located at 244 Perry Street.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services Director Kenneth Douglas established the program last year. In 2022, 15 city youth participated in the program where they learned important lessons on boat safety, swimming, and scuba diving in addition to firefighting. Students also earned CPR and first-aid certifications and took a field trip to the World Trade Center, where they learned about the heroic actions of first responders on September 11. 2001.

“The success of this program last year was wonderful to witness. I hope to replicate and expand its success this year and for years to come. We’re thankful for the ongoing support from our city, county, and state partners,” said Douglas. Mayor Reed Gusciora affirmed, “Investment in our City’s youth is an investment in our City’s future. This and other youth-centered programs will help our City be better informed, educated, and motivated to serve their fellow Trentonians for many years to come. I’m thankful to Director Kenneth Douglas for creating the program and to our Trenton firefighters who support the operations of the program.”

At-Large Trenton City Councilwoman Jasi Edwards added, “Learning shouldn’t stop when school ends. Providing these educational opportunities during the summer months can keep our youth busy and entertained while continuing to grow their knowledge outside of the classroom. The knowledge and experience this program provides can help our youth make safer, more informed choices, benefitting themselves as well as the community at large.”

The program is open to students ages 12-16, and will run from July 11th through August 25th from 8:30AM to 4:00 PM. For more information, parents and students may contact Firefighter Eric Johnson at 609-424-6011 or

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