On Saturday, September 14th, the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross partnered with HOPE worldwide, area fire departments and other community partner organizations in recognition of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance by coordinating an initiative to send volunteers into local communities to disseminate information about fire safety and preparedness.
Volunteers assembled at 4 area fire stations to gather and receive their instructions. Color guard units from area high schools attended opening ceremonies at two of the stations. Red Cross volunteers spoke about the importance of remembering those who lost their lives that day, and those who responded. Names of some of the victims were printed on badges, read aloud, and handed out to participants to wear while they did their canvassing.
Moving through the neighborhood, volunteers spoke with residents about fire safety and emergency preparedness. The talked about having a plan, escape routes and meeting places, and about home safety tips that help mitigate fire hazards.
Upon returning to the fire stations, volunteers presented fire fighters with handmade cards that local children and families created to say thank you to the fire fighters for their work and sacrifice.
“We wanted to participate today so that we could teach our kids about the seriousness of that day. They weren’t born then, but we wanted to teach them how important it is to take time and remember the sacrifice that people made for each other,” said one local mom.
Almost 200 people and 40 firefighters participated in the day’s events. Plans for another canvassing exercise are slated to happen early next year in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service.