The second annual 9/11 Public Safety Challenge, an event started last year that combines the city’s 9/11 commemoration with a competition for high school Junior ROTC units, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Parking is free and concessions will be available.
The program will open at 9:11 a.m. with the city’s annual 9/11 commemoration. Afterwards, JROTC cadets from high schools in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will compete in marksmanship, close-order drill and a “raider” (obstacle) course that combines elements of the police physical abilities test and the fire agility test. The winning unit will take home the Public Safety Challenge Cup, a perpetual trophy that is passed to the winner from one year to the next.
The Public Safety Challenge is sponsored by the Winston-Salem Police and Fire departments, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s and Fire departments, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management. The event is designed to give JROTC cadets an opportunity to learn more about careers in public safety.
In conjunction with the Public Safety Challenge, the public safety agencies are providing a $5,000 sponsorship to the Military Science program of the city-county schools, which oversees the high school JROTC units.