Fire and Emergency Support scheme for Cornwall

Flooding in Cornwall, November 2010
Image caption When flash flooding occurs, as it did across parts of Cornwall in 2010, people can be forced to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes they are wearing

People affected by flooding, fire or other emergencies in Cornwall will be offered help from a dedicated team of emergency support volunteers.

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) will provide practical help and advice to help people get back on their feet.

It is hoped the Cornish service will be in place later this year.

A specially-adapted FESS vehicle will be kitted out with clothing, blankets and baby food.

Weekend cover

The £40,000 vehicle, based at Falmouth Community Fire Station, was paid for by the donations of people throughout Cornwall.

Initially, the service will be operated at weekends from 18:00 on Friday until 06:00 on Monday.

The British Red Cross is hoping to recruit more volunteers to help run the scheme in Cornwall.

Training, including first aid, will be given and volunteers - who must be over the age of 18 and live within 25 minutes of the Falmouth fire station - can sign up for as many or as few shifts as they want.

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