Red Cross Disaster Team Director Mark Klausing (left), Van Wert Fire Department Chief Jon Jones and other members of the Van Wert Disaster Action Team met recently to talk about their continued partnership. (Photo courtesy of Red Cross)
Red Cross Disaster Team Director Mark Klausing (left), Van Wert Fire Department Chief Jon Jones and other members of the Van Wert Disaster Action Team met recently to talk about their continued partnership. (Photo courtesy of Red Cross)
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VAN WERT — The Van Wert Disaster Action Team members for the American Red Cross met with Chief Jon Jones this week to discuss partnership opportunities and to continue the good working relationship between the Red Cross and the Van Wert Fire Department.

“The American Red Cross welcomes Chief Jones and is proud to continue to partner with the Van Wert Fire Department,” said Derek Stemen, Executive Director of the West Central Ohio Chapter. “I am confident that our combined efforts will help prevent injuries and deaths from fires in our community.”

When disasters like home fire strike throughout the community, the Red Cross provides assistance including food, clothing and temporary shelter, as well as emotional support to those affected. The Red Cross also provides canteen services to the fire department while they fight fires.

The Red Cross and the Van Wert Fire Department have also worked closely together on safety initiatives, including the home fire campaign. The Home Fire Campaign is a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Working with the fire department and other community groups across the country, the Red Cross and its partners have installed over 700,000 smoke alarms in all 50 states and saved 159 lives. Here in West Central Ohio, the Red Cross has installed 2,000 smoke alarms.