Red Cross appeal for volunteers to take fires and emergencies

Volunteers Jayne Ross and Steve Swan
Volunteers Jayne Ross and Steve Swan
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A British Red Cross team in Whittlesey is seeking new recruits to boost its team of volunteers who support people affected by house fires, floods and other emergencies.

While the fire service tackles the incident, and ensures all occupants are safe, volunteers from the Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) provide practical help, advice and comfort and a place of refuge in their specially-adapted vehicle.

I’m very proud of the work we do and have enjoyed every minute as a volunteer.

Jayne Ross

The FESS has a base at Whittlesey Fire Station, in Cemetary Road, where more volunteers are needed.

Volunteer Jayne Ross said: “You respond to so many different situations as an FESS volunteer, from house fires, floods and power cuts to rest centres.

“We give people emotional support as well as practical. Sometimes people just need to sit calmly with someone to talk through what’s happening.

“They can come on board our vehicle to have a cup of tea and we can offer them a phone and help with starting their insurance claim.

“I’m very proud of the work we do and have enjoyed every minute as a volunteer. I wouldn’t change it for the world!”

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Tony Smith on 01354 653411.

Service Manager for Emergency Planning and Response for Cambridge, Jocille Patterson said: “We are looking for compassionate, enthusiastic, reliable volunteers to join our team.

“Volunteering is flexible, but if available volunteers could be asked to respond at a moment’s notice.

“We provide full training and ongoing support to all our volunteers and we value them highly.

“Without their dedication we wouldn’t be able to support people in crisis.”

The Red Cross is also recruiting volunteers for its ‘support at home’ service - making home visits to those who need a bit of extra help while getting over an illness or hospital stay.

To find out more, contact Tracy Williamson on 01733 207113.