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Group of ESDA volunteers ready to serve in Peru

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2012

The last time two cars crashed on the Route 251 Bridge in Peru police officers were needed at the crash scene and to redirect traffic on Route 251 and Route 6.  When that happens again officers will have help from the city’s Emergency Service Disaster Agency.

Commonly called ESDA, they are the modern day take on civil defense groups. Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei describes them as a jack of all trades that will provide traffic control for parades and other events and serve as extra help for the police force at the Central States Baseball Tournament.

Bernabei says less than one year ago the group was down to only a few members but after a push to revive it they now have 16 trained volunteers that are available 24-hours a day.

Bernabei says the volunteers are trained weather spotters who will be on watch when severe weather is predicted.  Nobody is paid.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, you may apply at the Peru Police Department.  An interview with Bernabei is available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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