First responders assisted by Red Cross volunteers who were on scene at 6th fire of February
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE… (Chester, VT – February 9, 2014) This Sunday has not been a day of rest for either the two Chester, VT residents displaced by a devastating fire at their Trebo Road home, or the firefighters and Red Cross volunteers who responded to help this family. The morning fire ultimately destroyed the home. (Photos courtesy of Red Cross volunteers) The members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team met with the residents and made arrangements for temporary lodging and provided financial assistance to help with food, clothing and other items lost in the blaze.
For today’s responding Red Cross volunteers, who are members of one of twelve Disaster Action Teams across our Region who have now headed out on six calls in the first nine days of February, their work also included support for the firefighters and others working the scene. This support took the form of providing food and beverages, including coffee donated by Chester Jiffy Mart and 45 sandwiches donated by Lisai’s Market in Chester. This type of rehabilitative service performed by Red Cross volunteers is made much easier with the generous support of local merchants such as today’s donors.
“After a January that saw thirty-six responses by Red Cross volunteers in thirty-one days, we had all held out hope that February would be quieter for our volunteers, first responders and, most importantly, impacted residents,” said Doug Bishop, Director of Communications for the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley Region of the American Red Cross. “Regrettably, it appears we are in for more of the same this month.”
Red Cross volunteers will continue to meet the challenges of this extraordinary winter, answering calls for help at whatever rate they come to the organization’s attention. The people of the region are asked to think about how they can support these efforts, by either becoming a volunteer or making a financial contribution. To learn more about either form of support, interested persons can go to www.redcross.org/vermont.