The academy, which is similar to the City’s Community Emergency Preparedness Academy, is designed to teach 14 to 18-year-old residents the basic skills necessary to save lives and protect property when emergency services are not immediately available in the aftermath of a major disaster. Participants learn about the community’s resources and emergency agency procedures to assist the City, police and fire during and after a disaster.
The two-week session covers earthquake and fire safety, first aid, CPR, basic crisis intervention and an overview of terrorism. Teens learn what to do in the event of an emergency. Those who complete the course will receive a 25-hour certificate.
“It’s in our best interest as a community to train all available populations to work together in the event of a large-scale disaster,” said City Emergency Services Manager Paul Catsimanes. “This academy mirrors the adult academy with training from several agencies that allows citizens to better respond to emergencies. Being on the same page will facilitate a swifter recovery.”
Classes will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., and reservations are required.
For more information regarding registration, contact Mission Viejo Police Services at 949-470-8433 or send an e-mail to CEPA@cityofmissionviejo.org.