6 July 2011
For further information Catherine Bates
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The British Red Cross and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) will celebrate their partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday 11 July at 10AM at Merseyside Fire and Rescue headquarters in Bootle.
The agreement means that 16 local Red Cross fire and emergency support service (FESS) volunteers will be on call to provide practical help and emotional support to individuals following a domestic fire or similar incident in the Merseyside area. The team run the service from 7pm until 7am Monday to Friday and 24 hours over the weekend and use a specially adapted vehicle to deliver the service.
Stephen Hagerich, Red Cross senior service manager for emergency response said: “We have been working closely with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority for a number of years so we are delighted to be signing the MOU to formalise and celebrate our partnership.
“Our highly trained volunteers provide vital support to people at the scene of a fire or similar incident, including shelter in our specially adapted vehicles, hot drinks, clothing and blankets as well as help with practical necessities such as securing temporary accommodation and contacting insurance companies. Most importantly, our volunteers are there to offer emotional support which can make a huge difference at such a distressing time.”
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Mark Broderick said: “By working in partnership with the British Red Cross, we are making sure members of the community who have suffered a fire or other incident in their home are being offered vital emotional and practical support. We are delighted to work alongside the charity to help them deliver this fantastic service.”
If you would like more information on volunteering for the British Red Cross please visit: www.redcross.org.uk
Other services offered by the Red Cross in Merseyside include: care in the home, event first aid, first aid training, emergency response, medical loan, tracing and messaging service and refugee services.
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