In the heat of the moment firefighters rush into a burning home while the family helplessly watches as their home vanishes into flames. This is when the volunteers of Central County Fire & Rescue’s new Community Response Program will step in to action.
Volunteers will be on site to provide victim assistance such as providing temporary shelter, food and clothing, and referring them to other resources for long-term needs. They will also help firefighters, who often spend hours on the scene of a call without access to food and water.
Interested volunteers are encouraged to attend an informational meeting about the program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at CCFR Fire Station #1, 1 Timberbrook Drive in St. Peters.
“House fires and natural disasters can be devastating for families, and physically draining for first responders. Volunteers of the Community Response Team will help fill a gap in service by helping those impacted, and the responders who are there to help,” says CCFR Chief Russ Mason.
CCFR is looking for up to 15 volunteers to staff the program, which will ensure adequate coverage during an emergency. Although volunteers will be on the scene of these situations, at no time will volunteers be expected to enter any dangerous areas, or provide emergency medical or rescue services. For more information, interested volunteers can visit www.centralcountyfire.org or call (636) 970-9700.