Red Cross seeking volunteers ahead of cold weather fire season

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers with flexible schedules to respond to single- and multi-family home fires in and around McCracken County.

Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers respond to assist families with shelter, support, and access to basic needs immediately following a home fire – often arriving on scene even as the fire is still burning.

An orientation for new volunteers is scheduled from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Nov. 17  at the Paducah Red Cross at 232 N. 8th St. Volunteers may apply online by visiting http://www.redcross.org/volunteer.

The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, nearly all of which are home fires. Last year local volunteers responded to 23 hours fires in McCracken County, assisting 26 families in their time of need.

Disaster Specialist Linda Ehrsam told Local 6, "We’d like to have volunteers in every single county and right now we don’t."  

She said the West Kentucky chapter is trying to rebuild and hopes more people are able to give their time when people need it the most.

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