Free Sheriff’s Citizen Corps Academy

January 16, 2017

The Washoe County Sheriffs Office Citizen Corps is offering an emergency preparedness and response training academy beginning January 19, 2017. 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.

  • Thursday, January 19 and 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, January 20 and 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 21 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No special skills are required. Children 12 to 15 may participate with parent’s supervision, teens 16 and 17 with parent’s permission. To sign up for training, call CERT Program Manager Shirlee Rhodes at (775) 325-6928 or email srhodes@washoecounty.us. Training takes place at the Regional Public Safety Training Center located at 5190 Spectrum Boulevard in Reno (near the TMCC campus). All sessions are required to complete the training and receive a certificate.

Source: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press release.

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