British Red Cross fire support service celebrates anniversary

British Red Cross fire support service celebrates anniversary

Dave Dryburgh, group manager for York and Selby, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, with Janet Waite, coordinator for the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service, with members of their teams with their vehicles outside Acomb Fire Station

Volunteers Christine Bennett and Ian Lund chat with Lee Maloney, right, inside the Red Cross vehicle. They assisted Lee after his house was damaged by fire in York

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THE British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) has celebrated its first anniversary in York.

The service works in partnership with the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue services to provide vital emotional support to victims of fires, floods and other emergencies in North Yorkshire.

The service operates using a specially adapted van which is kept stocked with hot drinks, food and clothing. It is equipped with a seated area where victims can receive practical information about finding alternative accommodation or making an insurance claim, as well as vital emotional support.

The FESS started in Acomb in York last February and since has helped more than 50 people in York and North Yorkshire.

A satellite team is starting in Scarborough this year, making it easier for the FESS to reach people in rural areas.

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