Volunteer emergency group looks to grow

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MASON CITY, Iowa- When an emergency hits community sometimes you need more than just first responders and that’s where Community Emergency Response Teams comes in to play. The FEMA affiliated group of volunteers is designed to aid first repsonders when called upon, whether that be a search for a missing person, aiding victims of flooding or tornadoes.

Those with the Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management Agency say they are looking to add to their team of 90 trained volunteers. They say they would like to add at least 10 more to the pool.

“They are volunteers, not first responders,” says Steve O’Neil, the Emergency Management Agency Coordinator. “The goal of the team is to supplement the community response, to fill gaps, to do some of those duties that would free law enforcement, fire and EMS, to do the things they’re highly trained to do.”

O’Neil says the group has about 4 training opportunities each month. Anyone interested in applying could can follow the link below.

http://northiowacert.org/application.html

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