Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy application now available

More than 40 teens gain life skills while learning about future careers in law enforcement and fire services June 6-10, at the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy.

This is the ninth year the Scottsdale Police and Fire departments have offered a total public safety experience, which includes exposure to both police and fire training, according to a press release.

To participate in the academy, teens — ages 14-18 — must submit an application and go through a basic background check. Due to the high interest in the academy, it is recommended that applications be completed as soon as possible to secure a seat. The deadline is March 25. Attendance for the entire academy is required.

The action-packed week, held each day from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tom Hontz Training Facility, 911 N. Stadem Drive, in Tempe, features hands-on learning and demonstrations.

Scheduled activities include firefighting skill stations, hands-only CPR awareness, basic first aid and triage, police riot control techniques, decision shooting scenarios, criminal investigations.  The students also get to view tactical demonstrations by the police K-9 unit, horse patrol, SWAT and bike teams.  Teens will also see live fire and crash rescue scenarios up close and personal, the release stated.

The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on June 10, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale.

For more information and to apply, visit

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