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Derbyshire: Plea for volunteers to help in emergencies

Guardian News

Guardian News

Derbyshire County Council is searching for residents to become emergency volunteers.

The council set up the Derbyshire Emergency Volunteer group over a year ago to look after residents who have to be evacuated from their homes following major incidents such as fires, floods or gas leaks and to help vulnerable people during severe weather and health incidents.

Volunteers work alongside the county council’s emergency planning team, adult care staff and other agencies to make sure evacuees have what they need while staying in a rest centre.

The council’s cabinet member for health and communities, Coun Paul Smith said: “Applicants don’t need any special qualifications – just a desire to help out and do their bit and for young people this experience would look great on their CV.”

“Our volunteers do a fantastic job and we’re keen to hear from more people hoping to sign up.”

Applicants should be aged 18 and over and live in Derbyshire.

Anyone interested can call Paula McDonald on 01629 538364, email paula.mcdonald@derbyshire.gov.uk or can register their interest at www.derbyshireprepared.org.uk

 

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