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Free emergency preparation and response training

By ThisIsReno

WCSO NEWS RELEASE

Washoe County residents who want to be better prepared for an emergency are invited to participate in free Community Emergency Response Team training offered by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps during the last two weekends in September.

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 a Citizen Corps volunteer to participate.

This is a 26 hour training course that takes place over two consecutive weekends: Thursday, September 20th through Saturday, September 22nd and Thursday, September 27th through Saturday, September 29th.

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 (775) 325-6927 or (775) 325-6928, or email: [email protected] or [email protected]

What: Community Emergency Response Training
When: This is a 26 hour training course that takes place over two consecutive weekends:
Thursday, September 20th and Friday, September 21st from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Saturday September 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
And
Thursday, September 27th and Friday, September 28th from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Saturday September 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Regional Public Safety Training Center, 5190 Spectrum Blvd., Reno
Cost: Free, and trainees are not required to become a volunteer
Contact: To sign up for training, call (775) 325-6927 or (775) 325-6928,
or email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Approximately 500 volunteers currently serve in the Citizen Corps administered by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. The Corps consists of five teams: the Sheriff’s Mobile Auxiliary Response Team, Citizens Homeland Security Council, Community Emergency Response Team, Animal Rescue Team and Law Enforcement Chaplain.

During 2011 Citizen Corps volunteers donated over 20,000 hours of service to their community, saving the Sheriff’s Office $436,000 in staff time.

In 2010, FEMA recognized the achievements of Washoe County’s Citizen Corps by awarding them the National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards– Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award for a council serving a population under 750,000.

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

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

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