Red Cross of Maine volunteer Andrew Eckman of Bremen responded to a mobile home fire that affected two adults and a child overnight in Wiscasset. The Red Cross was contacted by the State Fire Marshall’s Office just after midnight to help meet the immediate disaster-related needs of the family.
Red Cross volunteers provide those impacted by a home fire or other disaster with assistance for shelter, food, clothing, infant supplies, and prescription replacement. The Red Cross of Maine has disaster volunteers on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Coupled with emergency assistance, trained and licensed volunteers are available to provide mental health and emotional support to individuals and families in need. Red Cross disaster assistance is always free and is paid for by the generous support of our friends and neighbors in Lincoln County and throughout Maine.
“The Red Cross is fortunate to have trained volunteers like Andrew who are willing to get up in the middle of the night to help our neighbors in need,” said Caroline King, Interim Executive Director of the Mid Coast Chapter. Eckman currently serves a Volunteer Disaster Services Chair and has responded to numerous home and apartment fires across the mid-coast region.
Data from the first nine months of fiscal year 2013 indicates the Red Cross is on pace to surpass the number of responses and individuals affected by house fires last year in Lincoln County. Trained volunteers have responded to 9 incidents, assisting 28 individuals.
“While our volunteers continue the casework surrounding last night’s fire, I’d like encourage Mainers to join the team and volunteer with your local Red Cross,” stated Eric Lynes, Red Cross Response Manager. You can make a real difference in our community.”
If you would like to become a Red Cross disaster volunteer, please contact the Red Cross for information or visit www.MaineRedCross.org. You can also help victims of disasters like last night’s fire by making a financial contribution to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations can be made online, by sending a check to the Mid Coast Chapter at 16 Community Way in Topsham, Maine 04086, or contacting our office by phone at 207-729-6779.