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Eleven Graduate from MCCC's Fire Academy


Graduates of the Mercer County Fire Academy, from left, front row, are Anthony Scarlata, Adam Ames, Mathew Chrusz, Matthew Riveria and Marc DeVita. Second row are James Bainbridge Jr., Scott Diamond, Jake Williams, Josh Butler, Paul LaPlaca and Jason Johns.

West Windsor, N.J. – Eleven students enrolled in the Mercer County Fire Academy of Mercer County Community College (MCCC) graduated November 30 from the New Jersey State Firefighter 1 Program. A graduation ceremony was held at MCCC’s Dempster Fire Service and Training Center in Lawrenceville, N.J.

The graduates successfully completed the 170-hour course, and passed the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety written examination. The program provides entry-level candidates with the knowledge and skills to meet the job performance requirements for paid and volunteer firefighters.  Graduates learned how to function safely and effectively as integral members of a firefighter team. They may now apply for Firefighter 1 certification. 

Marc Devita, of Groveville Fire Co., was named class valedictorian for receiving the highest score on the state exam.  In addition to Devita, certificates of completion were awarded to Anthony Scarlata, Whitehorse Fire Co.; Matthew Rivera, Colonial Fire Co.; Scott Diamond, Hightstown Engine Co. #1; James Bainbridge Jr., Pennington Fire Co.; Adam Ames, Union Fire Co.; Mathew Chrusz, Union Fire Co.; Jason Johns, Princeton Fire Dept.; Paul LaPlaca, Princeton Fire Dept.; Joshua Butler, Applegarth Fire Co.; and Jake Williams, Applegarth Fire Co.

“The graduates learned the importance of teamwork and how integral it is to firefighting,” said James McCann, director of the Mercer County Fire Academy of MCCC. “They did an outstanding job learning the basics of firefighting and will serve their communities well.  Special thanks to the Hightstown Engine Co. #1 Color Guard and the Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters Pipe & Drum Band for their participation in the ceremony.” 

The program is offered twice a year, in the fall and spring.  In addition, the Fire Academy offers 25 continuing education classes for firefighters each semester on a variety of topics. 

MCCC also offers an associate degree program in Fire Science Technology, plus credit certificate programs in Fire Code Enforcement and Fire Officer/Administrator. For further information, contact the Academy at (609) 799-3245 or visit the website at www.DFTC.org.

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