While winter appears to be decidedly over, the busy fire season for Red Cross volunteers appears to continue unabated. In just the past eight days, our volunteers have been called upon to respond to 8 house fires, 2 brush fires and 1 search and rescue.
The latest response to a house fire came just last night as the call came in that a Jamaica, VT family of five was displaced from their home. The Stone Hedge Road residence was home to two adults and their three children. In addition, first responders fighting two brush fires across the state have received Red Cross support in the past twenty-four hours.
At around midnight last night in Jamaica, VT, trained American Red Cross volunteers met with the family forced from their home to ensure that their emergency needs could be met. Fortunately, the family identified a place to stay for the night, but the loss of food and clothing was addressed by financial support from the Red Cross.
Spring appears to have brought on an additional element to the response work of our volunteers. Appearing to forego traditionally wet spring weather, our region has, in fact, been seeing a spate of potentially dangerous brush fires. Yesterday, Red Cross volunteers from Addison and Rutland counties joined forces to support first responders combatting a brush fire in Monkton, VT. The food and hydration provided were important on what turned out to be the warmest day of the year.
Last night, and again this morning, volunteers are also helping at the scene of a brush fire in Woodbury, VT. As in Monkton, that support is in the form of food and hydration.
To help people affected by fires as well as devastating natural disasters, a donation can be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org/charitable-donations, call 802-660-9130, text REDCROSS to 90999, ext. 111, or mail your contribution to American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.