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As the Robbin Mackbee Firefighter/EMS Youth Academy begins its fourth year of service to the community of Vallejo, the cadets and program staff would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the City of Vallejo Fire Department and Medic Ambulance Company for their unwavering support.  The academy has become a unique component of the community resilience and public safety equation as youth are empowered with public safety knowledge and life-saving skills that adds value to their community service. Cadets are also provided exposure to various public safety professions in firefighting and emergency medical services, along with, career pathways to provide academic guidance and career development.


On August 24, 2019, we will be hosting the John Wells Public Safety Scholarship fundraiser at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo.  The evening is designed to be a celebration of the community, as well as, a way of honoring one of Vallejo’s distinguished leaders, Assistant Fire Chief John Wells (deceased). Chief Wells was a beloved member of the community, as well as, a mentor and role model to firefighters in Vallejo and throughout northern California.  The evening will feature music provided by Bay Area world-fusion jazz musicians “Five Ten” and Bryan Girard, as well as, food, wine tasting, and a silent auction.  All proceeds from the event will be used to fund additional educational opportunities for the cadets of the academy who are interested in first responder careers as firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT), paramedics and/or nurses.  


The Robbin Mackbee Firefighter/EMS Youth Academy is named in honor of Vallejo Firefighter Robbin Mackbee, who was recruited to the fire service by Assistant Fire Chief John Wells. Robbin made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his life in service to the citizens of Vallejo.  The Academy is a public safety career exploration, guidance, and mentoring program that promotes academic achievement, community service, and self-discipline.  The families of Assistant Fire Chief John Wells and Engineer Robbin Mackbee are very appreciative of this fitting legacy to the community that will assist middle school and high school aged students from the area to successfully complete high school and continue their education towards becoming a first responder.  


The John Wells Public Safety Scholarship fundraiser will embody the spirit of service to community that Chief John Wells and Fire Engineer Robbin Mackbee demonstrated throughout their honorable careers. It is our intent to provide opportunities to support our cadets with the financial and academic resources needed to become first responders. This effort is a fitting tribute to the legacy of both these community heroes.  Your support of this effort and attendance of this event will help us achieve that goal. 

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