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Volunteer first responders group looking for participants
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The Dawson FIRST members pose for a photo following the Patriot Day memorial Sept. 11. From left, Dennis LaGatta, Linda Mincey, Ricky Mincey, Dwayne Messerschmidt, Barbara Roberts, Lydia Messerschmidt, Stephanie Fedoruk, Dennis Fedoruk, Amanda McCall, Brian Fraser. - photo by Photo for the Dawson County News
If you’ve ever wanted to be the first on the scene of a fire or other emergency situation, now’s your time to shine. Dawson FIRST, an all-volunteer group of individuals trained to assist Dawson County Emergency Services personnel in times of community emergencies, is looking for new members starting this fall. In October of last year, DCES expanded the program previously known as CERT, or Community Emergency Response, to include additional skills to directly support and optimize fire and emergency medical services. Since then, the core group of 14 members has spent over 1,200 hours in training, graduating in July 2018 as the inaugural Dawson FIRST class.