RENO, NV - “They're not professional responders,” explains Kaydie Paschall of the Washoe County cert program, “they're community members, and we train them and prepare them but it doesn't mean that responding suddenly becomes easy.”
She’s talking about the volunteer members of the community emergency response team, who leapt into action after a crash at the Reno Air Races earlier this year.
The group is among more than 50 agencies honored Thursday by the Washoe County Health District for their initial response to the devastating crash.
REMSA, fire, police, even guard members were some of the familiar emergency responders recognized by county officials.
There were also many more heroes that you might not recognize; agencies staffed by volunteers who were quick to act though seldom called upon.
Nevada 2-1-1 and Crisis Call Center volunteers were not at the airport, but they were a crucial point of contact taking missing person reports, and reconnecting survivors with friends and family.
Even Sierra Job Corps students helped keep the area secure for investigators.
For some of them, the ability to contribute was life changing.
“I feel like that day proved that I can handle something like that,” says student, Marquise Franklin “so I felt like I stepped up for the community.”
Washoe County Cert says they are always looking for new volunteers ready to be trained for emergency response.
If you are interested, please check out the link below.
The following is a complete list of the agencies recognized at Thursday’s ceremony:
Reno Air Race Association, Washoe County Technology Services, American Red Cross, Trauma Intervention Services, Washoe County Medical Examiner, Clark County Coroner's Office, Reno Medical Reserve Corps, Community Emergency Response Team - Reno, Community Emergency Response Team - Carson City, Crisis Call Center, Reno Tahoe Airport Authority, Carson City Health and Human Services, Carson City Medical Reserve Corps, Renown Regional Medical Center, Renown South Meadows, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Northern Nevada Medical Center, City of Reno City Manager Public Information Officer, Sierra Nevada Job Corps, United Way of Nevada 2-1-1, Hyatt Place, Circus Circus Hotel, Sienna Hotel, Regional Transportation Commission, Nevada Department of Transportation, State of Nevada DPS: Division of Investigation, State of Nevada DPS: Division of Emergency Management, State of Nevada DPS: Highway Patrol, Nevada National Guard, Washoe County School District Police, Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Washoe County Search and Rescue, Washoe County Manager’s Office, Washoe County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Regional Public Safety Dispatch, City of Sparks Fire Department, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Sierra Fire Protection District, Cold Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Galena Volunteer Fire Department, Peavine Volunteer Fire Department, Lemmon Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Reno Fire Department, Regional Emergency Medical Services Transport, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Sparks Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Reno Police Department.