May 28, 2022

Deep River Fire Department Juniors Attend Connecticut Fire Academy

For one week this summer Deep River Fire Department Junior Division members Zachariah Scalandunas, Roger Clapp, John Kollmer Jr. attended the Introduction to the Fire Service Academy and the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks.

The CT Fire Academy course is offered by the State of Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control to young men and women 14-17 years of age who are actively involved in their local fire department. The 16-17 year olds attended in June and the 14-15 year olds attended in July. To date, almost every Deep River Junior Division member has attended this Academy.

During their week at the Academy, the juniors are treated as actual academy cadets and are taught in a paramilitary setting. They all had to wear the same training uniform everyday and address their instructors as sir or madam.  The cadets were taught everything from the command structure of a fire department to the operations on a fire ground and their typical day was from 6:00am to 10:00pm with most of their training at the Academy’s state of the art training grounds. These grounds have a fire house with a pumper, rescue and ladder truck, a 5 story training tower/building, propane fired vehicle simulators and burn trailers for live fire training.

At the end of the week the cadets participated in a graduation ceremony with a Deep River Fire Department Officer presenting them with their certificate of completion with their family in attendance. After the ceremony the cadets themselves put on a live response demonstration of fire at the tower to showcase their weeks training. Each cadet was assigned to a truck or rescue company and all worked together under their commanding officer, which was another cadet chosen by the group.

Upon completion of this Academy the cadets can apply for the Advanced Introduction to the Fire Service Academy held for one week in August every summer. Juniors must be 16 years old to attend this course and the cadets learn more advanced firefighting skills, such as vehicle extrication, etc. Jessica Grote attended the advanced academy and graduated in August.

The Deep River Fire Department is very proud to have their juniors complete this course and they are our next generation of fire services members.

DRFD Junior Graduates

Zachariah Scalandunas – 16

Roger Clapp – 16

John Kollmer Jr. – 15

Jessica Grote – Age unknown