GRAY – The Gray Region Citizen Corps will hold a public educational seminar and meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Gray Public Safety Building, 125 Shaker Road. The public is encouraged to attend.

Local fire-rescue personnel will give a guided tour and discussion of the fire, rescue and support apparatus in the central fire station. They will answer questions about their operations and where volunteers can help.

There will be discussions of the Community Emergency Response Teams and Neighborhood Watch, now called America On Watch.

The corps encourages residents to answer a skills survey available in the lobby of the safety building. It allows information to be entered into its database so that during a regional disaster residents can be contacted to help their neighbors. Volunteer skills are needed for tasks from delivering groceries to taking care of pets.

The nonprofit corps provides monthly safety and emergency preparedness seminars on the second Friday to residents from Yarmouth to Casco. Past topics have included chainsaw safety, home fire extinguisher practice, pet first aid and cooking without electricity.

Future seminars are scheduled on family preparedness and helping in a Red Cross shelter.

More information about the federal citizen corps program may be found at The local group publishes a periodic electronic newsletter. Messages may be left with Gray Public Safety at 657-3931.

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