1 August 2011
Emergency response volunteers have been providing support to shocked residents after a light aircraft crashed into two homes in Salford. The incident happened on Friday (29 July): the pilot later died and another man, aged 19, remains critically ill.
As the residents came to terms with the tragedy and destruction around them, the volunteers were called out by the local fire service on both Saturday and Sunday.
Support and privacy
Alison Foy from the Red Cross said: “Some of the residents were still in shock – they had witnessed an awful scene. Many had heard screams and tried to help put the fire out at the time.
“Our volunteers were really quick to respond and were there to listen and comfort people who had been affected by the crash.
A team of five fire and emergency support service (FESS) volunteers were on hand to help, and their FESS vehicle – a purpose-built caravanette – acted as a hub for people to visit if they needed a little support and privacy.
Resident Colin Maher, whose home bore the direct impact of the crash, told the BBC News website: "The upstairs of my home is completely collapsed in on itself and the roof is hanging down over the sidewalls. They're just waiting for it to be pulled down."
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