July 25, 2014

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Agency seeks volunteers to aid with disaster relief, search & rescue

MEDINA — The Medina County Emergency Management Agency is looking for volunteers to aid first responders with search-and-rescue and disaster relief.

The Ohio Special Response Team’s open house will be 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Medina Fire Station No. 1, 300 W. Reagan Pkwy.

Christina Fozio, director of the Medina County Emergency Management Agency, said the response team is looking for volunteers in counties across the state so response times would be quicker in the event of emergency.

“They serve the entire state, but their base is in Mansfield,” she said. “They’re trying to get people based in other geographical locations in the state so they’re strategically placed for quicker responses.”

The response team is the only state-recognized volunteer search-and-rescue organization in the state, she said.

People with leadership, organization and communication skills are especially desired, she said. If accepted, volunteers would be trained in how to handle emergency situations.

“They’re very simple skill sets,” Fozio said, “but they’re very important.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.