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Volunteer Firefighters and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office helping our youth
By Bill Xikis
Senior Correspondent 1st Responder Network
Used with permission
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with local Volunteer Fire Departments
and the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal’s Office to help the youth in Suffolk County.
The firefighters and Fire Marshals lectured about fire safety and fire awareness.
Tours of fire and EMS apparatus were conducted and the kids were shown various tools
and equipment firefighters and EMS personnel use during emergency situations. Sheriff
Vincent DeMarco has assigned Deputy Sheriff’s and Correction Officers to the G.R.E.A.T.
Unit. That unit has conducted its first series of summer camps in cooperation with
local youth organizations. Sheriff DeMarco has shown great interest in the youth
of Suffolk County especially in steering them away from gang related activities.
The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training)
summer program builds on the school-based curriculum by offering students an opportunity
to enhance their social skills, giving them alternatives to gang involvement, and
adding structure to the summer months. The goal is to provide students with positive
activities to relieve the boredom over the summer months and increase their opportunities
for social, cognitive, and interpersonal growth. It is administered in the County
by the Sheriff’s office.