The Mankato Department of Public Safety is looking for volunteers to serve on the city’s Community Emergency Response Team.
DPS Commander Craig Frerichs said CERT team members will be trained to help in things like search and rescue, and explained, “It’s a light search and rescue, in case a big incident happens, like a tornado, things like that. If the structure is sound we can go in and get people out of there.”
They will also receive some basic first aid training. “Nothing too in-depth,” he said, “But to treat them quickly and then get them to a spot where they can get further medical treatment.”
Frerichs also said they will also help with large city events, such as concerts at Riverfront Park., providing, “More eyes. See something, say something, and they are trained on that. So that does help us also.”
The application period is open. Frerichs said it’s a simple process and, “We do a basic background, and you can get the application online or you can come to our department and get an application and then turn it into our records division.”
Training includes 20-hours of classroom and hands-on training. Sessions will be held at the public safety center on South Front Street, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays, March 12, 19 and 26; and April 2 and 9.