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Red Cross trains drivers for disasters

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Disaster can strike at any time and when it does, the American Red Cross wants to be ready with supplies.

Learning how to drive emergency response vehicles is a key part of bringing those much needed supplies.

"It's what the Red Cross uses for distributing food to people who are in need and also distributing goods," said Mary Gagnon, a certified ERV driver.

Not everyone can operate these ERV's. Drivers have to go through training classes and take a test in the vehicle.

The Red Cross held their ERV-Strav-A-Ganza throughout the week. Indoor classes ranged from disaster assessment to weapons of mass destruction. Then participants going through ERV training to their skills to the course.

"You have to do a wide turn you have to back up into a loading dock within four inches of it, it's about accuracy," said Gagnon.

People from across the state came to the training, including Trudy Carden who came from Madison.

"I was real nervous so I'm happy I passed," said Carden.

Trainees came from five other states came including Minnesota and Iowa. Organizers say the training the program offers is worth it.

"It's going to make this community stronger as well as the entire state of Wisconsin," said Barbara Behling, a spokesperson for the Red Cross.

Now in the event of a disaster, more drivers will be ready to help.

If you are interested in becoming an ERV driver, the link is here:

http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities#step1

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