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Red Cross, Cohoes to hold day-long fire safety program

14 January 2018

In New Jersey previous year, the Red Cross responded to more than 820 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping almost 1,900 displaced families; collected more than 90,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 4,180 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 113,200 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics.

She also noted that free training is provided for volunteers.

The Red Cross also reminds people to check their smoke alarms on each level of their home. They would love to have volunteers from each of their counties for this.

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Disaster Program Manager, Ed Helphinstine, said, "Whether it be a home fire, or a home that gets flooded, or a tornado, or any thing like that, the Red Cross gets called for assistance".

Another nine Red Cross Disaster Action Team members responded to two other fires that broke out on 14 Avenue and Vanderpool Street to provide emergency assistance with lodging, food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to 47 people in 14 families.

"Home fires are still the most prevalent disasters", Allemang said. "We're grateful to the many local partners who have joined the effort to help prevent fire-related deaths and injuries in our community".

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They are looking for ways to help recruit volunteers.

Caseworkers work one-on-one with families to create recovery plans. It is for a good cause, it is badly needed, and it will help them serve and give back to their community.

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Red Cross, Cohoes to hold day-long fire safety program