Red Cross call­ing for vol­un­teers

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME TIME -

RED Cross is ur­gently call­ing on North Queens­lan­ders to train as emer­gency ser­vices vol­un­teers.

Red Cross is run­ning a com­pre­hen­sive, one-day train­ing session in Townsville on April 2, to train peo­ple to help in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties when disas­ter strikes.

Emer­gency Ser­vices man­ager for Queens­land, Carolyn Parsons says pro­vid­ing per­sonal sup­port dur­ing emer­gen­cies and man­ag­ing evac­u­a­tion cen­tres were two of the most im­por­tant ser­vices pro­vided by Red Cross in Queens­land dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

‘‘ Emer­gen­cies can strike at any time and it’s im­por­tant for Red Cross to have trained vol­un­teers on hand to sup­port the com­mu­nity," Ms Parsons said. ‘‘ To en­sure our sup­port ser­vices are de­liv­ered safely, con­sis­tently and ef­fec­tively, it is es­sen­tial that vol­un­teers are reg­is­tered, trained and or­gan­ised prior to an emer­gency event.’’

The train­ing ses­sions will help par­tic­i­pants know what to ex­pect in an emer­gency, the role of Red Cross and how to sup­port peo­ple who have been af­fected.

To at­tend the next train­ing course in your area or for more in­for­ma­tion phone 1800 733 111 or e m a i l q l d e m e r g e n c y v o l u n t e e r s @ red­cross. org. au

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