RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - 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 Citizen Corps volunteers 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.
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 at 5190 Spectrum Blvd.
No special skills are required. Children 12-15 may participate with parents' supervision, teens 16-17 with parents' permission. To sign up for training, call CERT Program Manager Michael Perry at (775) 325-6928 or email: email@example.com
Approximately 250 volunteers 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.