Citizen Public Safety Academy
Citizen Public Safety Academy
What do those guys do anyways?
Attend the annual Citizen Public Safety
Academy and find out!
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
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
6th Annual Citizen's Public Safety
June 5, 2013
The Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety presented the 6th
Annual Citizen's Public Safety Academy that wrapped up on June
5th. Local citizens participated in the five week program learning
about all aspects of Public Safety in Waterville Valley. "We had our
largest turnout this year. I was great to see the amount of interest
and participation from the resident in what we do." Chief Noyes said.
The purpose of the program is to expose our community members to
the equipment, training, and capabilities of the department. The one-
night a week program concentrated on one public safety topic a
week. Chief Noyes stated, "Waterville Valley DPS has an advantage
to teach all aspects of public safety because we still remain the only
full-time police, fire, and EMS combined department in the northeast. "
The academy strives to be very "hands-on" and breaks away from a
traditional lecture format. Opening night started with a brief
introduction and history of the department. The participants were
then given a station tour, which was interupted by a dumpster fire at
the transfer station. Everyone suited up and raced to the fire in the
fire apparatus. Once there everyone got a chance to battle the blaze
and learn about the inherent dangers with fighting these types of
The second session was Search & Rescue Operations and GPS. We
discussed the latest trends in search and rescue and used real life
examples and lessons from our own experiences in the valley. We
were then faced with finding a missing teen in the woods behind the
skae park. Search teams were organised into line seaches and GPS
and given their area to search. Proudly each team was able to find all
the clues and bring Ida Hide back home safely.
The next session we were visited by Tilton Police Officer and Central
NH Special Operations (CNHSOU) Team Member, Chris Paquette.
Chris talked about the CNHSOU and displayed all his tools and
equipment. We then exposed the members to a high risk building
search where they navigated the darkness with a flashlight and used
their “guns” to eliminate threats during their search.
“I know my rights!” was the theme of the class taught by Captain
John Katsirebas. Captain Kats gave the class a basic law lesson,
what to do (or not to do) when you are stopped by the police, and
what are some of the rights of citizens when they are subject to
The last evening culminated with the BBQ and potluck, open house,
and humvee and ladder truck rides.
"We strive to keep each year fresh and exciting. We have seen a
large number of participants that have attended the previous
academies." Chief Noyes states. “For the first time we started to see
citizens from the Campton-Plymouth area, which is great! This program
allows us to step out of our daily routine and get back to what really is
most important, the citizens and community that we serve. "
On behalf of the department we would like to thank all the citizens that
took the time out of their day to participate. We would especially like to
thank our members for volunteering much of their time for making the
Citizen Academy such a success. The Citizen Public Safety Academy
will be presented annually in the spring and is open to everyone! See
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Waterville Valley, NH Department of Public Safety
14 TAC Lane / P.O. Box 500
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire 03215
Dispatch: 603-236-4732 or Duty Cell Phone: 603-254-6708
© 2013 Town of Waterville Valley
Department of Public Safety
6th Annual CPS Academy
Just Ended on June 5th
Did You Attend the Academy?