Local Red Cross team members deploying to Colorado

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need.
I am very excited to use my emergency management skills to help the people of Colorado. I know that I will gain valuable hands-on experience to better support Red Cross efforts throughout Ventura County. - Vos

The American Red Cross of Ventura County will be sending three local team members, Ava Vos of Ventura, Sandy Bilham of Oak Park, and Bob Engler of Thousand Oaks, to assist with the Wildfires in Colorado which have scorched thousands of acres and hundreds of homes.

Engler, longtime Red Cross volunteer and former chief of Redondo Beach Fire Department, and Vos, Red Cross emergency services manager, will be deploying as Government Liaisons, working with local government officials to coordinate relief efforts and ensure that impacted residents receive immediate supplies and support.

Vos has been with the Red Cross for more than 3 years and has had a lifelong passion for helping people and disaster response.

“I am very excited to use my emergency management skills to help the people of Colorado,” said Vos. “I know that I will gain valuable hands-on experience to better support Red Cross efforts throughout Ventura County.”

Bilham, who has volunteered with the Red Cross since 2009, will be assisting with in-kind donations, helping manage and coordinate the influx of generous donations received from the Colorado community.

Thursday night, more than 230 people sought safety from the wildfires in Red Cross shelters. Red Cross workers continue to provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.

Vos, Bilham and Engler leave Sunday and will be deployed for up to two weeks.