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Sussex County Community College appoints new Public Safety Training Coordinator

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) announced the appointment of John Dixon as the new Coordinator of the Public Safety Training Academy in Sussex County.

A committee of six county fire, police, and EMS leaders participated in the search, and the College’s Chief Operations/Human Resources Officer, James Gaddy, and College President, Jon Connolly. Dixon was selected from an extremely competitive and qualified pool of candidates.

As a Battalion Chief and Tour Commander with the Teaneck Fire Department, Dixon has served over 27 years in fire service. He earned his fire officer (FO) credentials from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Graduate Grade (GIFireE) from the Institution of Fire Engineers, Training Officer (TO) credential from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, and is a National Fire Academy Alumni.

Dixon also serves as an Executive Board Member for Kill The Flashover Inc, an international non-profit educational organization, and is currently the NJ State Lead Advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Dixon believes his time as a U.S. Marine engrained several fundamental fire services principles such as discipline, education, and servant leadership. He is passionate about helping others seek continuous improvement by providing cutting-edge training and education. Dixon defines success as seeing those he has trained, mentored, and inspired to become great leaders. His desire is for these leaders to inspire others to do the same, thus positively impacting emergency services at large.

Dixon has presented at international, national, and regional conferences and published in numerous trade magazines and fire service books.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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