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.