Blaine Citizen’s Academy class thanks police and fire departments

Graduates from the 2012 Blaine Citizen’s Academy presented framed commemorative posters to class coordinators from the Blaine Police Department and SBM Fire Department in gratitude for their experience at a recent Blaine City Council meeting.

Graduates of Blaine’s Citizen Academy are shown in front of a controlled car fire. Photo submitted
Graduates of Blaine’s Citizen Academy are shown in front of a controlled car fire. Photo submitted

“Citizen’s Academy was an incredible experience,” said class graduate Tom Newland during remarks at the presentation ceremony Thursday evening. “Each of us have an interest in learning more about the city and the Citizen’s Academy class exceeded our expectations. Police and fire do an outstanding job and we saw first-hand and hands-on what they do. We’re here to thank them for making Citizen’s Academy such a memorable life experience.”

The eight-week course, hosted by the city of Blaine’s Safety Services Division, is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the structure and operations of the police, fire and community standards departments while participating in a variety of activities.

Framed posters of the class, taken during live training in front of a controlled car fire, were presented to the Blaine Police Department and SBM Fire Department.

Blaine’s Citizen’s Academy is in the 11th year and is open to any resident or business interested in learning more about city services. The annual fall class is limited to 20 attendees; a background check is required for participation.

SBM Fire Department members Bob Fiske and Brad Matti have been involved with Blaine’s Citizen’s Academy since the beginning. Blaine Police Department class coordinators this year were Sgt. Mark Boerboom and Police Support Services Manager Wende Ferguson.

“The four of us are there each week, yet we rely on our officers, firefighters, police explorers, fire corps volunteers and other staff to make Citizen’s Academy happen,” said Ferguson. “This is a team effort and it works.”

Further information about the 2013 Citizen’s Academy class is available by contacting Ferguson at the Blaine Police Department at 763-785-6112. The city website and newsletter will have information about 2013’s Citizen’s Academy class by mid-summer.

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