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Mercer County Fire Academy Graduates 30
Updated 7/23/13

West Windsor, N.J. – On June 25, the Mercer County Fire Academy, which is directed by Mercer County Community College (MCCC) at Dempster Fire Training Center, celebrated the graduation of 30 firefighters.  According to James McCann, director of the Fire Academy, two classes completed the 180-hour New Jersey Firefighter 1 training program to become State-certified firefighters.

The daytime class was for members of the Princeton Fire Department, which included Princeton University employees who are also volunteer firefighters.  The evening class drew students from 11 fire companies around the region, including Colonial Fire Co., DeCou Hose Co., East Windsor Fire Co. #1, Hightstown Fire Co. #1, Kendall Park Fire Co., Monmouth Junction Fire Co., Princeton Junction Fire Co., Prospect Heights Fire Co., Rusling Hose Fire Co., West Windsor Fire Co. and White Horse Fire Co.

McCann says participants who attain this level of training are well prepared to perform firefighting duties with their local fire companies.

“The successful completion of this rigorous academic and physical program shows the commitment of each of these students to serving others.  We are proud of this hard-working group of firefighters,” McCann said.

Among the guest speakers at the ceremony were Harvey Bailey, president of the Mercer County Firemen’s Association, Dan Galatro Jr., president of the Mercer County Fire Chiefs Association, and Winston Maddox, MCCC dean of Business and Technology.  Also participating were the Hightstown Engine Co. #1 Color Guard and the Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters Pipe & Drum Band.

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


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Firefighters from around the region who completed the Fire Academy training program include: front row from left, Jared Johnson (DeCou Fire Co.), Pawel Szlezak (Hightstown Fire Co.), Tyler Barlow (White Horse Fire Co.), Martin Moreno (West Windsor Fire Co.), Angel Torres (East Windsor Fire Co. #1), Salvatore Levatino (West Windsor Fire Co.), Tyler DeSanctis (Colonial Fire Co.), Max Lee (Princeton Junction Fire Co.), and Sang Park (Colonial Fire Co.); back row from left, Benjamin Steinhauser (West Windsor Fire Co.), Donald Hilty (Prospect Heights Fire Co.), Tyler Devlin (Hightstown Fire Co.), Samuel Havlicek (West Windsor Fire Co.), Christian Osorio (East Windsor Fire Co.), Robert Ross (Rusling Hose Fire Co.), Ray Dasant (Monmouth Junction Fire Co.), Evan Josephson (Kendall Park Fire Co.), Amanda Hurley (Princeton Fire Co.) and William Jannell (Colonial Fire Co.).

Princeton Fire Department firefighters who completed the 180-hour Mercer County Fire Academy training program directed by Mercer County Community College include: back row from left, Marco Rodriguez, Stephen Elwood, Edward Brzoza, Kevin Durham, James Buzgo and Joseph Mudry; front row from left, Kyle Angjelo, Anthony DelDuca Jr., Paul Midura, Louis Revy and Brandon Chance.  Not pictured: Amanda Hurley.