17 January 2014
The British Red Cross was today (Friday) called in to support emergency service workers and members of the public searching for a missing three-year-old in Edinburgh.
Following a request for help by Police Scotland, emergency response volunteers are based at a rest centre set up at the West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre in the Scottish capital.
This weekend, teams of six volunteers will each work a rota of six-hour shifts at the centre, offering emotional support to any of the searchers who need it.
Each of the volunteers has been specially trained in providing psycho-social support, designed to help people experiencing emotional distress. They can also provide first aid if required.
Earlier yesterday, six Red Cross volunteers joined hundreds of emergency service workers and local volunteers to help in the search for missing Mikaeel Kular.
David Miller, operations director, said: “This search is a massive operation and heartbreaking for all those involved.
“We are only too pleased to do everything we can to help Police Scotland, other agencies and members of the local community who have turned out in their hundreds to try and find this little boy.”