Delaware County residents soon will have a chance to get an inside look at how their countywide EMS department operates.

Delaware County EMS announced last week students can sign up for its free, 10-week Citizens Academy. The class will meet weekly in two-hour sessions Tuesday nights starting March 21 for lessons on EMS operations and other countywide agencies, such as the county's emergency management agency and 911 center.

The county's EMS has not conducted an academy since 2012 -- the department's first.

Lt. Travis Ries of Delaware County EMS said he's seeking up to 20 adults to participate in the academy. He said about a dozen people already have expressed interest in the program.

"They're going to see the operations side of things -- what we do before, after and on the way to a run," he said.

The classes will conclude with a simulated emergency response scenario for participants.

Ries said volunteers simulated a bus crash in 2012 to allow academy students to put lessons they learned throughout the course into action.

"We had a great response," he said. "Everybody enjoyed it."

Ries said academy organizers have "kicked around" a few ideas for this year's simulation but have not come to a decision. He said a severe-weather event could serve as the inspiration.

Ries said the academy will meet "all around Delaware County" throughout the course.

"We want to show (the class) the wide variety of where we respond from," he said.

While the administrative headquarters of the Delaware County EMS is in downtown Delaware, the agency has 10 stations throughout the county. The countywide service is funded with a 0.5 percent sales tax enacted in the early 1970s.

Those interested in reserving a spot in this year's academy may email Ries at tries@co.delaware.oh.us. Ries said the early response to the academy's announcement could lead to the creation of a waiting list for prospective students.

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