Volunteers in Public Safety Support : Youth

Operation Street Smart Drug EducationOUR MISSION

The Volunteers in Public Safety Support (VIPSS) opportunity in character building, leadership, homeland security, police and fire response, emergent response and preparedness. Youth, ages 16 to 19 will be exposed to a range of public safety career options while gaining practical "hands-on" experience upon graduation from the training program. Completion of training will prepare participants to provide support to public safety forces during disasters as well as volunteer during special and routine events.


Extensive 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
  • Public Health

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ages: 16-19
  • GPA: 2.5 or Higher
  • Consent from parent or legal guardian

A background check for those 18 or older must be completed. For details about the background check contact Sgt. Samuel Byrd at 614-525-6317.


  • Completion of ICS courses 100b and 700a - available on-line at training.fema.gov/IS/

Training Classes

  • Fall 2018 class TBD
  • If you are interested in a future class please complete an application today


If you would like to apply, please download and fill out the application and e-mail it to sdbyrd@franklincountyohio.gov.
VIPSS Program Application

for more information

Sergeant Samuel Byrd
Call 614-525-6317