Public Safety Academy starts Oct. 19

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Citizens can learn about police, fire and EMS departments through hands-on training in Galax

Have your ever wondered what it takes to become a police officer, a firefighter or an EMT-Paramedic?
If you've ever wondered why they do the things they do or what’s required to work in the public safety profession, the Galax Police Department is offering an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and find those answers.

The police department, in collaboration with the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Service will hold the Citizens Public Safety Academy, beginning Oct. 19.
The Citizen’s Public Safety Academy is open to all Galax residents, business owners and those who have a vested interest in our community, said Sgt. Chris Brown. The academy is offered at no cost to the public and will only take a few hours each week.
Participants will gain firsthand experience and knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the public safety organizations within the City of Galax. The courses consist of classroom sessions and hands-on practical exercises, making the academy informative and exciting for all participants, Brown said.
The academy consists of 12 sessions, every Tuesday and Thursday night, and will conclude with a graduation ceremony for the last session. Participants must be able to commit to attend at least 10 out of 12 sessions.
The following topics will be covered:
• Galax Police Department — departmental philosophy, role of law enforcement in society, organization and structure of public safety departments, communications, Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) at the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy, community policing, crime prevention, criminal investigations, evidence collection and preservation, demonstration by the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), lethal and non-lethal weapons, victim-witness program, criminal justice and court system.
• Galax-Grayson EMS — explanation of current Emergency Medical Services practice, EMS education/training requirements, review of emergency (911) and non-emergency services GGEMS provides to our community. Participants also will be trained and certified by American Heart Association in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid.
• Galax Fire Department — Overview of facilities, trucks and equipment; requirements of membership; response capabilities and community service programs. Participants can choose to be involved in scenarios that will involve vehicle extrications and live fire evolutions.
You must be at least 18 years of age to participate and must be able to pass a criminal background check and have no felony convictions.
Class size is limited to the first 15 people to register.
There are no physical limitations to participate and the academy is open to both males and females.

Citizens Public Safety Academy
When: Begins Oct. 19. Consists of 12 sessions, every Tuesday and Thursday night
Goal: To give participants firsthand knowledge of the daily operations of the police, fire and emergency medical services
Contact: Sgt. Chris Brown at 236-8101 or cbrown@galaxva.com for more information
To Apply: Visit www.galaxpd.org/GPD-News.htm. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Oct. 15.