Before Public Safety Day began, the LFC Class of 2016 was tasked with a homework assignment: Complete a ride along or tour the detention center. Some participants rode with medics, the Sheriff’s department, and the fire department, while others went to the court house and the detention center. Whether it was responding to a potential cardiac arrest and a car accident, going on a patrol and responding to shoplifting at the mall or a domestic dispute, or viewing a trial on delinquent child support payments, the class members headed into the class day with a deeper perspective.
Law Enforcement Center
The sun came up over the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center, as the LFC Class of 2016 arrived and Frederick County’s finest continued their work. Our morning featured discussions with the command staff of the Sheriff’s Office, including Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins.
At the center, the class learned about procedures, challenges, and the responsibilities of law enforcement personnel. We saw tactical equipment demonstrations (including a taser) and toured the Emergency Communications Center to learn about response time and preparedness
Pictured above left: Jason Null, Special Tactics
Junior Fire Company
At the Junior Fire Company, we got an inside look at a fire engine and an ambulance, and heard about the career and volunteer fire and rescue services in Frederick County from Fire Chief Tom Owens. During lunch, the Junior Fire Company had responded to 4 calls. Every 16 minutes there is an incident in this county.
Frederick County Courthouse
Then it was off to the Frederick County Courthouse for a meeting with Circuit Court Judges Terry Adams, Julie Solt and Magistrate Julie Miner. Deputy State’s Attorney Nanci Hamm discussed the role and responsibilities of the State’s Attorney’s Office, and Clerk of the Circuit Court Sandy Dalton discussed court and jury operations.
Maryland Police Aviation Unit
The day ended with a tour and conversation with the crew of Trooper 3, the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit located at Frederick Municipal Airport. Pilot Russ Zulick talked about the aircraft, its mission, and the importance of the Golden Hour of Trauma.
This class day provides insight into the public safety measures and professionals protecting Frederick County. In Leadership there lies a passion. This was clearly displayed by all the public safety officials and their dedication to the job and community.
“I feel like I have never worked a day in my life” – Jason Null, Special Tactics
Class members discussed challenges facing these department, budgeting and how to prepare for future issues, and making a plan for an emergency at their business.
Special thanks to Brooke Anthony for taking photos, and to MAJ Troy Barrick(2016) who helped plan and present the day.