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Steele County CERT adds 7 new members

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OWATONNA, Minn. (KTTC) -

They're called the first responders for the first responders.

Thursday night, Steele County's Community Emergency Response Team added 7 new members.

They go by CERT and there are teams all across the state, ready to help out in a crisis.

One CERT group helped clean up after the Clarke's Grove tornado last year.

In Steele County, Thursday, the latest CERT class was having its final exam, a simulated storm emergency.

CERT Classes are taught by FEMA certified trainers but it's entirely a volunteer service.

The students go through 8 modules to show them how to deal with either natural or man-made disasters

But it's training with wide-spread use.

"To me it helps with community involvement, I'm a very active member of the community, it's a great way to keep yourself and your neighborhood safe and on the ready," Bob Beier, one of the CERT trainers, said."I know I've also had to, not totally do some but some training has kicked in even when I'm out camping out of state."

After the final scenario, students got their certificates, a stocked out kit and cake.

There are around 150 total volunteers in Steele County.

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