A new £40,000 Fire Service vehicle was launched this week at Preston Fire Station this week.
Replacing the current 13 year old one, the new vehicle was funded by donations from Lancashire residents and £20,000 from local firm Ainscough Training Services Limited in Leyland.
The Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support (FESS) vehicle is a specially adapted van designed to respond around-the-clock to provide help when families and individuals suffer damage to their homes following a fire, flood or other incidents.
Besides offering safe shelter – along with clothing, food and washing facilities – the Red Cross also helps with practical necessities such as securing temporary accommodation and contacting insurance companies.
The FESS volunteers provide an invaluable service to people at times of great emotional need and stress.
When they are looking after the families, it means the emergency services have one less factor to consider and can get on with the job.