American Red Cross seeks home fire preparedness volunteers

Bridgeport office to host volunteer orientation

The Red Cross will host a new volunteer orientation on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 10-11 a.m., at the American Red Cross Bridgeport Office at 158 Brooklawn Avenue, Bridgeport.

The Red Cross is seeking volunteers for all lines of service and leadership positions but is especially looking for volunteers interested in becoming involved in the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. As part of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, Red Cross volunteers have been going out across our region to install free smoke alarms and provide emergency preparedness education to residents.

“Our mission at the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering caused by disasters,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Home fires are the biggest disaster threat faced in the U.S. On average, we respond to about two home fires each day. The goal of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is to reach as many homes as possible to help ensure people know what to do and are prepared in the event they experience a home fire.”

Since October of 2014, the Red Cross has worked with fire departments and community groups across the country as part of a multi-year campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent; home fires remain the biggest disaster threat to individuals and families in the United States. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. This campaign is in direct response to that dire threat, with the Red Cross committing to install 2.5 million free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires, and to educate those residents about fire prevention and preparedness. As of August 2016, the Red Cross and partners have saved 102 lives as part of this effort and more volunteers are needed to assist in this campaign.

Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether it’s one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, our vital work is made possible by people like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that the American Red Cross can do extraordinary things

The hour-long orientation session is designed to introduce new volunteers to the history of the Red Cross and to learn about all of the local volunteer opportunities available. Those interested in attending the session must register in advance at redcross.org/ct/volunteer.  For more information call 860-678-2788.

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