RRHS Public Safety Students Earn Certifications
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Sunday, September 18, 2016


Recently, RRHS Public Safety Academy students have begun working on certifications in National Incident Command System (NIMS).  NIMS is a  systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment.  These are national certifications earned through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  All emergency responder agencies are required to certify their personnel in the four basic NIMS certifications, which include ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, and ICS-800. 

On Friday, Chief Instructor Josh Clark, accompanied by the school administrative staff and representatives of the Roanoke Rapids Police Department and Roanoke Rapids Fire Department, presented students with certifications.  The students are about half way through completing these four basic certifications.  55 certifications, so far, have been earned, between two classes of Public Safety II students, and they will continue to work toward completing the remaining certifications.  Public Safety I students are just beginning these same certifications, and will work on them throughout the semester.  NIMS certifications were just added to the Public Safety I curriculum beginning this school year.  It is not required in the Public Safety II curriculum, so those students are going above and beyond what is required of them. 

As their instructor, and mentor, I am extremely proud of their accomplishments.  With these four certifications, they will graduate high school job ready and more competitive for hiring in any Public Safety career.  These certifications are a testament to their work ethic and dedication.  They are proud of this Public Safety program, and I am proud of them. 


Josh Clark

Chief Instructor

RRHS Public Safety Academy

RRHS Law & Justice Academy


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