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Canteen Services for 40 First Responders in Imperial Valley

IMPERIAL VALLEY, February 17, 2011 – The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing support to 40 first responders with a canteen at a hay fire in El Centro that started during the early morning hours of February 17th.

Currently, the Red Cross is providing meals, hydration and snacks to those first responders on the scene.

Red Cross canteen services are not well known to the public, but are an essential support service for firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency personnel at the scene of an incident.

Red Cross canteens allow responders to concentrate on service delivery while relying on the Red Cross’s support in the form of meals, hydration, and personal toiletries and supplies.

The local American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and are ready to assist in various aspects including disaster assessment, casework, shelter, feeding and more. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter responds to a disaster every 24 hours.

Without our donors, American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter would not have the essential resources that help first responders get through their greatest times of need.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Counties “America’s most prepared communities.” With the public’s ongoing support we provide life saving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit