Sheriff’s Citizen Corps offers free emergency preparation and response training in June

June 8, 2013

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps is offering a free emergency preparedness and response training academy beginning June 6. 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, search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism awareness education.

Training is conducted by Citizen Corps staff and volunteers along with appropriate subject matter experts. The training is free and trainees are not required to become a Citizen Corps volunteer to participate.

Community Emergency Response Training is conducted by Citizen Corps staff and volunteers along with appropriate subject matter experts. Topics include disaster preparedness, emergency medical techniques, fire safety, search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism awareness. The training is free and trainees are not required to become Citizen Corps volunteers to participate.

The CERT Academy offers a total of 24 hours of training during six sessions over two consecutive weekends. Training takes place at the Regional Public Safety Training Center located at 5190 Spectrum Blvd. in Reno. Academy dates are:

Thursday, June 6 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday, June 7, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 13, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday, June 14, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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 Coordinator Derek Russell at (775) 325-6928 or email: drussell@washoecounty.us

Source: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press release.

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