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Mercer County Fire Academy Graduates 21
12/11/13


West Windsor, N.J. – On Nov. 25, the Mercer County Fire Academy, which is directed by Mercer County Community College (MCCC) at Dempster Fire Training Center, celebrated the graduation of 21 firefighters. 

According to James McCann, director of the Fire Academy, the group completed the 180-hour New Jersey Firefighter 1 training program and passed the New Jersey Firefighter 1 exam to become State-certified firefighters.

During the ceremony, Hightstown Engine Co. # 1 Color Guard presented the country's colors and the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Pipe & Drum Band performed.

“The program is rigorous, both academically and physically," McCann said. "Those who successfully complete it demonstrate a high level of skill and commitment. It's very satisfying to know that these dedicated professionals will serve on the front lines with their local fire companies in protecting their communities."

The class drew students from 11 fire companies around the region, including Colonial Fire Co., DeCou Fire Co., East Windsor Fire Co. #1, Hamilton Fire Co., Lawrence Road Fire Co., Mercerville Fire Co., Nottingham Fire Co., Pennington Fire Co., Princeton Fire Dept., Princeton Junction Fire Co., and White Horse Fire Co.

Fire Academy graduates, front row from left:  Kyle Nelidin (East Windsor Fire Co. #1), Charles Shultis (DeCou Fire Co.), Ryan Penkola (DeCou Fire Co.), Anthony Molnar (Pennington Fire Co.), Ricky DeRisca (Colonial Fire Co.), Tracey Shimonis-Kaminski (Lawrence Rd. Fire Co.), Brendan Archer (Whitehorse Fire Co.), Alphonso Kendema (DeCou Fire Co.), and Daniel Szlezak (Hamilton Fire Co.); back row, from left: Milos Tasic (East Windsor Fire Co. #1), Blake Wilmer (East Windsor Fire Co. #1), Vincent Bartolone (Mercerville Fire Co.), Steven Kolock (Princeton Fire Dept.), Josh Bencivengo (Mercerville Fire Co.), Frank Barkosky Jr. (Nottingham Fire Co.), Joshua Flesch (Colonial Fire Co.), Joseph Flesch (Colonial Fire Co.), Cedric Ashley (Princeton Junction Fire Co.), Jordan Lecato (Nottingham Fire Co.), Sergio Sosa-Leal (Princeton Junction Fire Co.), and Justice Collucci (Lawrence Rd. Fire Co.).

 
In addition to directing the Mercer County Fire Academy, MCCC offers an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology, and certificates in Fire Code Enforcement and Fire Officer/Administrator.

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