The Passaic County Community College Public Safety Academy recently held graduation exercises for its Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 programs. 

The Little Falls Fire Department had five firefighters graduate. Alex Boscaino, Ronald Campbell, and Anthony Nuzzo completed Firefighter 1, and Sarah Ramos and Eric Holzach competed Firefighter 2.

The Totowa Fire Department had three firefighters graduate. Darel Buffa completed Firefighter 1, and Stephen Stonebridge and Luis Velazquez competed Firefighter 2.

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The West Paterson Fire Department had four firefighters graduate. Charles Derrot, Thomas Ficcara, James Mulroony and Steven Spies all completed the Firefighter 1 program.

Originally located at the Passaic County Vocational and Technical High School in Wayne, the Academy at PCCC was designed through a combined effort of the College's Board of Trustees and the guidance of College President Steve Rose and the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The $8.5 million state-of-the-art facility houses both the fire and EMS programs offered. The facility opened in 2000 and has been growing steadily since.