Franklin County Sheriff

Volunteers in Public Safety Support


The Volunteers in Public Safety Support (VIPSS) course offers community members who've taken a strong interest in public safety a chance to continue their learning and practical experience by participating in an enhanced Public Safety Support Citizen Academy. Graduates of the VIPSS/Public Safety Support Citizen Academy will be called upon to provide support during times of emergencies or natural disasters as well as volunteer during special and routine events. Preference is given to those who have completed a citizens academy for their local police or fire agency.


Extensive eight week training curriculum including units on:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Terrorism prevention and awareness
  • CBRNE indicators
  • First aid
  • CPR
  • Traffic control
  • Interoperable communications
  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue operations

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ages: 20 and older
  • Must be a Central Ohio resident with reliable transportation

A background check for those 16 and older must be completed. For details about the background check contact Sgt. Samuel Byrd at 614-525-6317.


  • Completion of ICS courses 100b, 200b, and 700a - available on-line at
  • Completion of a satisfactory background check

Training Classes

Every Tuesday and Thursday beginning May 3, 2016 through June 16, 2016
6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

5/3/2016 Introduction (.5 hrs) / See Something Say Something (1.hrs)/ FEMA Web (.5)/ Children in Congregate (1.5 hrs)
5/5/2016 Disaster Preparation (2 hrs) / Public Health (1.5 hrs)
5/10/2016 Columbus Regional Airports (1.75hrs )/ Private Sector Security (1.75hrs)
5/12/2016 FC EMA (1.75)/ AEP (1hrs)/ Columbia Gas (1 hrs.)
5/17/2016 Utility Controls (1.75hrs.)/ Search & Rescue (1.75)
5/19/2016 Incident Command (2hrs.)/ Large Venue (1hr) /COTA(1hr)
5/24/2016 Terrorism (2.5 hrs.)/ Scenarios(1 hrs.)
5/26/2016 First Aid 
5/31/2016 CPR / AED
6/2/2016 Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE)
6/7/2016 Make Up Classes
6/9/2016 Graduation


Franklin County Hall of Justice
369 S. High St.
Columbus Ohio 43215


Application deadline is March 30, 2016.


If you would like to apply, please download and fill out the application and e-mail it to Sergeant Samuel Byrd (contact information is listed below).

VIPSS Program Application


Sergeant Samuel Byrd
Call 614-525-6317