Sheriff's Citizen Corps offers free emergency preparation, response training

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Washoe County Sheriff's Citizen Corps is offering emergency preparedness and response training over two weekends in March.

CERT Academy training includes disaster preparedness, emergency medical techniques, fire safety, search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism. 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.

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. Academy dates are:

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


Thursday, March 14, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 15, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
and Saturday, March 16 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:

For more information about the Washoe County Citizen Corps, visit

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