British Red Cross Fire & Flood Support in North Yorkshire Celebrates
6:00am 10th February 2013
A British Red Cross service which provides vital support to victims of fires, floods and similar emergencies in North Yorkshire is celebrating its first anniversary.
The fire and emergency support service (FESS) started last February in the county - and has so far helped more than 50 people in North Yorkshire.
The British Red Cross tells Minster FM they works in partnership with North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, who can call on the Red Cross when they are attending a fire to give support to the individuals or families affected.
The Red Cross say they have trained volunteers who arrive at the scene of the fire or emergency in a specially adapted van, which has a comfortable seating area and is fully stocked with essential items like hot drinks, food, clothing and toiletries. They add that from the shelter of the vehicle the volunteers can give practical support, like helping people find alternative accommodation or start making an insurance claim, as well as vital emotional support.
The Red Cross says it launched the scheme in North Yorkshire after successfully running the service across West and South Yorkshire as well as Hull and East Riding. Throughout Yorkshire, they add over 380 people were offered help by the FESS team in 2012.
The vehicle is based at Acomb fire station, near York, and the Red Cross aims to reach the scene of a fire or emergency within 90 minutes of being called out by the fire service's control room, they say.
The Red Cross say that a satellite team of volunteers and a vehicle will also start in Scarborough this year to make it easier and quicker for volunteers to reach people in rural areas in the north of the county.
Janet Waite, coordinator for the British Red Cross FESS team in North Yorkshire, said: “I’m so impressed with the dedication of the British Red Cross volunteers and the difference they are making for people in North Yorkshire who have gone through a crisis such as a fire or flood.
“It is fantastic that we can work with the fire service to help people when they need that extra support.
”Those who are interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer can get in touch to find out how to apply and learn about the training we can provide for our volunteers.”
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