For Immediate Release
PR #:1800003
Date Issued:Jan 09, 2018 - 8:17am

Sheriff's Citizen Corps accepting applicants for emergency preparation and response academy starting January 18

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps is offering an emergency preparedness and response training academy beginning January 18, 2018. The training is free and trainees are not required to become a Citizen Corps volunteer to participate.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy provides residents with the information they need to help save lives and reduce trauma in the event of an emergency. CERT Academy training includes disaster preparedness, emergency medical techniques, fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism awareness education.

The CERT Academy offers six training sessions over two consecutive weekends. Training is conducted by Citizen Corps staff and volunteers along with appropriate subject matter experts.

Academy dates are:

Thursday, January 18, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.,
and Saturday, January 20, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

and

Thursday, January 25, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 26, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
and Saturday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

All sessions are required to complete the training and receive a certificate. Training takes place at the Regional Public Safety Training Center located at 5190 Spectrum Blvd.

No special skills are required. Children 12-15 may participate with parent’s supervision, teens 16-17 with parent’s permission. To sign up for training, call CERT Program Manager Michael Perry at (775) 325-6928 or email: mperry@washoecounty.us

Approximately 250 volunteers currently serve in the Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps. The Corps consists of three teams: Community Emergency Response Team, Sheriff’s Mobile Auxiliary Response Team and Citizens Homeland Security Council.

The Community Emergency Response Team program is made possible by grants awarded by the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management from the Homeland Security Grant Program. These funds make it possible to implement and support all of the Sheriff’s Office volunteer Citizen Corps Programs. 

For more information about the Washoe County Citizen Corps, visit http://www.wcsovolunteer.org/

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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