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
Dial 911 for EMERGENCY
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
© 2014 Town of Waterville Valley
Department of Public Safety
7thAnnual CPS Academy
Starts May 7th Wed. Nights
Did You Attend the Academy?