Red Cross seeks volunteers to help people in crisis
By recneps86 | Monday, February 25, 2013, 15:07
The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service provides immediate practical and emotional support to people affected by fires, floods or other disasters in the home. Working in partnership with Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, volunteers from the team (based at Westlea Fire Station in Swindon) respond to calls within 90 minutes using a customised support vehicle and provide a range of support.
Red Cross Service Co-ordinator Dan Spencer with Fire Service Crew Commander Rich Kerry
The help provided includes immediate temporary shelter, refreshments, clothing, hygiene packs and advice about insurance, housing and restoration of property. The team are also qualified to provide emotional support to people affected by crisis.
Service co-ordinator Dan Spencer said "We are looking for more volunteers in the Wiltshire area to allow us to provide 24/7 cover across Wiltshire. As long as volunteers can reach Westlea Fire Station, just off Junction 16 of the M4, within 30 minutes, we can provide full training and equip them to help people in their hour of need.
"Last year, the service helped over 400 people, at 130 incidents, across the Wiltshire and Avon area alone, with over 8000 people assisted nationally.
"As well as Swindon, we are looking for volunteers across the North Wiltshire Area, including Marlborough, Wootton Bassett and Malmesbury. "
To volunteer for the service, or to find out more, please contact Dan Spencer at the British Red Cross on 0117 3012619 or email email@example.com