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Citizen Public Safety Academy

Citizen Public Safety Academy

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What is it?

Locating a lost hiker in the National Forest, handcuffing and searching violators, and performing CPR on a person in cardiac arrest, may be skills required for the Waterville Valley Public Safety Department. However, these are the some of the skills that the dozen attendees of the Annual Citizen Public Safety Academy (CPSA) performed during the 6-week course. The 6-week CPSA is held annually every spring and open to everyone, free of charge. It is held at the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety. Each week focused on a specific Police, Fire, or EMS topic. The citizens attended lectures and participated in "live" exercises instructed by members of the Department of Public Safety. Attendees learned about all aspects of Public Safety in Waterville Valley. "This has been such a great opportunity to connect with our community. The Citizen Academy has consistently been well attended and illustrates that there is a genuine interest in what we do." said Chief of Police David Noyes. "We make sure each week is going to be fun and informative." Members were taught about GPS and the 911 system. At the end of the lecture a lost hiker scenario was presented to the group and they were tasked with finding him. With the help of GPS, mapping software, and thermal imagers, the group located the lost hiker, (a CPR dummy named "Rob") in a remote location off of the Livermore Road. Another evening the group learned about police use of force and the tools utilized in these situations. After the lecture, the citizens practiced handcuffing, baton training, and firearms, utilizing training pistols designed to shoot marker paint at a target. Each member was given the opportunity to don full protective gear and "Be the cop" in a car stop scenario. Citizens had to make split second decisions in a use of force situation and decide whether to shoot or not shoot the actor assailant. The group was also certified in the new "Hands Only" CPR and AED. At the conclusion of the course, they participated in a cardiac arrest event scenario with Public Safety personnel. Gaining first- hand knowledge of how a regular citizen can step forward during a cardiac emergency and make a difference in saving somebody's life. At the conclusion of the Academy, the group participated in an informal graduation and pot-luck barbecue held at the Waterville Valley station. The event serves as a station open house and equipment and vehicle display. All members were able to take a ride in the bucket of the ladder truck.  For information and to sign-up to participate in this academy contact Admin Assistant Sharon Charron or Chief David Noyes at 236-8809 or pdchief@wvpublicsafety.com.  
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Citizen Public Safety Academy FREE! 7th Annual Sign-up by calling 236-4730 or email admin@wvpublicsafety.com Wednesday Nights at 6PM  May 7th - June 4th at WVDPS Station Experience POLICE, FIRE, and EMS in a five week INTERACTIVE  session. You do not have to attend every session.  Open to everyone!