Information courtesy of Red Cross
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.”
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.
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.