Volunteers in public safety support (VIPSS)
The Volunteers In Public Safety Support (VIPSS) is a volunteer program designed to train volunteers to aid county and local governments with major emergencies and disasters. VIPSS volunteers are trained in the following topics:
- Terrorism Awareness – See Something, Say Something
- Crowd and Traffic Management – supporting public safety during major events
- Emergency Communications – radio use and radio etiquette
- Public Health Points of Dispensing (PODS) – public health emergencies
- Volunteer Reception Center – volunteer management processing and accountability
- Stop the Bleed – Proper use of tourniquets to save lives
- CPR / First Aid training
- Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE I & II)
- Other topics as appropriate
VIPSS volunteers are provided a photo ID and are authorized to provide support during special events approved by the FCEM&HS Director.
The Franklin County Community Emergency Response Team (FC CERT) Basic Training is a prerequisite to become a VIPSS volunteer. Click here for more information on the CERT Basic Training.