Red Cross to offer practical and emotional support to victims of fire and flooding in Gloucestershire
3:40pm Tuesday 19th March 2013 in Cotswolds news
VICTIMS of domestic fires will be offered extra emotional and practical support after Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service teamed up with volunteers from the British Red Cross.
The charity’s fire support vehicle will be permanently stationed at Gloucester South Community Fire Station in Tuffley and mobilised when crews are called out to attend fires at homes or flooding incidents involving people.
Volunteers will be on hand throughout each weekend and from 5pm until 7am each week day. More volunteers are needed to provide a 24/7 service.
Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "Our crews see first-hand the damage that domestic fires cause across the county, not just to homes but to people’s lives.
"This is a great opportunity to work with volunteers who are able to give the emotional support residents sometimes need, often while we are still firefighting."
Dan Spencer of the Red Cross said: "Few people realise how much damage even a small fire can create. Smoke penetrates everywhere. All carpets, soft furniture and clothing will be affected and invariably have to be replaced.
"Losing your home is a devastating experience. Our volunteers are able to support people in these situations with sensitivity."Dan Spencesr, Red Cross
"Losing your home is a devastating experience and when people are under stress they can react in a range of ways. Often they are very upset and our volunteers are able to support people in these situations with sensitivity."
The Red Cross fire support vehicle is equipped with supplies from clean clothing and wash kits, to baby food, toys and pet treats.
Volunteers are also trained to provide information on where to get insurance advice, temporary accommodation and more.
To find out more about volunteering with the service call 0117 3012619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.