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Weekend disaster training in Machias for new volunteers

Fire Safety

People interested in becoming disaster volunteers for the American Red Cross can attend a free training that will take them from zero Red Cross experience to trained disaster services volunteer in just three days.

The Zero2Hero program provides the training necessary to become:

• Client casework volunteers - meet with disaster victims, assess their needs, and help them begin the recovery process.

• Shelter volunteers – work at a shelter in the event of a large scale disaster, such as an ice storm or flood

The class also includes a segment on Psychological First Aid.

“Maine continues to see a significant number of fires,” says Larry French, Disaster Program Manager. “Having a strong volunteer base will ensure the Red Cross will be able to provide local assistance when fire or other disasters strike.”

Participants in the training will also complete all necessary paperwork to become an active volunteer of the Red Cross.


• Friday, December 4:  5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

• Saturday, December 5:  Noon - 4 p.m. 

• Sunday, December 6:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Washington County EMA Office; 28 Center Street, Machias

Sign up at, or for more information contact Larry French, or 207-735-1650.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood, teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Learn more at, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).