23 August 2016
The British Red Cross provided much-needed support and refreshment to the West Sussex Fire Service during a fire at a secondary school in Selsey at the weekend.
The Red Cross emergency response team were called out at 8am on Sunday to The Academy in Selsey. Three emergency response vehicles, 15 volunteers and one member of staff provided assistance until 10pm.
Some 100 fire personnel from Hampshire, Surrey and East Sussex as well as West Sussex were called out to attend the fire. At its height, 14 fire engines, two aerial ladder platforms and a number of support vehicles were fighting the fire.
To help those involved in the operation, the Red Cross provided welfare support throughout the day with supplies donated by the Co-op.
The parents of the First Selsey Scout Group also provided assistance by kindly opening up their building opposite the school and donating further food and drinks.
West Sussex County Council has since issued a statement thanking the Red Cross for assisting the community during this emergency.
Daniel Jones, our senior emergency response officer and duty manager over the weekend, commented: “Our trained team of volunteers provided the Selsey community with the comfort and support that they needed to get through this terrible incident.
“When it comes down to it, this is what the Red Cross is all about; helping people in their hour of need and making a difference to them at a time of crisis.”
Red Cross emergency response volunteers are given full training in a range of skills including first aid and emotional support. They also have use of emergency vehicles equipped with food and drink, spare clothes and toys, quiet seating areas, washing facilities, basic medical supplies and practical information on support services and insurance companies.