New Rapid Response Unit Enhances Service in Brazos County
Dallas, TX - The Salvation Army in Brazos County recently took delivery of a new Rapid Response Unit that will greatly enhance the ability of the Army to respond to the immediate needs of individuals in the community affected by emergency situations.
The vehicle is based on a ‘catering truck’ design but has been completely redesigned to fully maximize the ability to serve in times of disaster. The truck is built around a Super Duty Ford F450 pick-up and has the ability to pull The Salvation Army 20’ trailers which are used in times of disaster. Additional capacity allows the new unit to carry cambros (insulated containers that keep food and drinks warm) that can be readily accessed proving invaluable for the delivery of meals and drinks in emergency situations. The new truck design features a large storage area that can hold pop up tents, tables, and chairs allowing for a quick response while still providing a sheltered dining area or a comfortable location in which Emotional and Spiritual Care teams can work.
This unit will be utilized locally in Brazos County and will remain stocked and ready to deploy should there be a need in any location with Texas. The added mobility of the Rapid Response Unit has proved particularly helpful during recent Salvation Army Disaster responses in Texas, providing the ability to drive into the worst affected areas and visit homes, delivering door-to-door relief during the wildfires that struck Central Texas, and the West explosion.
The Salvation Army of Bryan/College Station will host an Introduction to Disaster & Ministry of Presence Training Course on Saturday, April 26, from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, at the Bryan Fire Department, 300 W. William J. Pkwy. Lt. Jeremy Walker, The Salvation Army Officer in Bryan, explained, “We want to establish and train a team of disaster volunteers right here in Brazos County so that we are ready and prepared to respond in emergency situations and provide assistance to those in need.” The training is free and lunch will be provided.
For more information about The Salvation Army Disaster Training Course or any other programs or services please contact Lt. Jeremy Walker at (979) 361-0618 or visit us at 2506 Cavitt Ave in Bryan.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
February 5, 2010