Canton FD Assist the Sheriff's Office with Their Corrections Academy
By 2nd Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Kroeger
June 19, 2023

Canton Fire was honored to be able to help the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office (in conjunction with SUNY Canton) with their annual Basic Corrections Officer Training Academy. This academy follows the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) guidelines for basic training for county corrections officers in New York State. The academy is approximately 4 weeks long and teaches subjects ranging from legal issues to defensive tactics. In this academy there are 5 Cadets from St. Lawrence County and 6 from Franklin County.

Assistant Chief Matthew Kroeger was able to teach the NYS Commission of Corrections Fire and Safety module to the academy cadets. Training included misconceptions in correctional facility fires, basic fire knowledge, and basic use of a fire extinguisher. Students were then able go outside and have hands on training with fire extinguishers using a propane extinguisher prop. Cadets received hands on training with both a multi purpose fire extinguishers and a carbon dioxide extinguisher.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Instructors Corporal Larry Sanchez and Officer Lawrence Emmons were also on site to assist.