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Seminole State celebrates Florida First Responder Appreciation Week

Florida First Responder Appreciation Week runs Jan. 4-8.

In honor of local heroes and those who help keep our community safe, Seminole State College of Florida is joining Governor Rick Scott in celebrating Florida First Responder Appreciation Week.

Scott issued a statement declaring Jan. 4-8 as the official Appreciation Week. This is the second consecutive year Scott has dedicated the first full week in January to the appreciation and encouragement of first responders.

“Florida First Responder Appreciation Week is an opportunity for Florida leaders at every level to demonstrate appreciation for all men and women who protect and serve our state as first responders,” Scott wrote in a statement announcing the declaration.

Seminole State will formally recognize faculty and staff from its Center for Public Safety at the beginning of the Faculty Winter Conference on Jan. 7.

Many of Seminole County’s first responders, including police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, trained in the Center for Public Safety, which opened in 2009. Utilizing its state-of-the-art facilities, classrooms and lab environments, the College trains about 1,600 future first responders and emergency personnel annually in criminal justice, emergency medical services and fire science/firefighting.

Seminole State offers several degree and certificate programs through the Center for those interested in pursuing a career in public safety. The Spring Term begins Jan. 11, and many programs occur on a rolling basis throughout the year, so there’s still time to apply for admission and register for courses.

“Florida’s first responders do not hesitate to risk their own lives in order to save the lives of others,” Scott wrote, “and their commitment to continued training, skill enhancement, and inter-agency coordination make them vital members of every Florida community.”

Seminole State's Center for Public Safety is a statewide educational resource for all aspects of criminal justice, fire science and EMS. For more information, please visit the Center for Public Safety website.

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