The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services responded to a fire, at the request of Ottawa Fire Services, on the 21st floor of an apartment building at 2201 Riverside Drive in Ottawa.
The Salvation Army’s EDS team, led by Coordinator Craig Dunbar along with volunteers from the Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association, served lunch to displaced residents from the building and first responders. Over 100 hot meals, as well as water, hot chocolate and coffee were served.
ROFFA Coordinator John McCarthy says things went well today. “We served a hot lunch out the window of The Salvation Army canteen truck to residents and first responders that were on scene for hours and may have missed a meal.”
Emergency Disaster Services also offered vouchers for Salvation Army Thrift Stores to those whose apartments were directly affected by the fire. Thrift Store vouchers can be used at any of our 8 Thrift Stores in Ottawa to replace clothing, furniture and household items.
“Ottawa Fire Services are very fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Salvation Army. This is a long-standing relationship that is built on shared values and a commitment to our community. When disasters strike, firefighters greatly appreciate the support and assistance Salvation Army staff and volunteers provide to those affected, said Danielle Cardinal, Public Information officer with Ottawa Fire Services. “They are our greatest allies when residents have experienced a traumatic event. Staff and volunteers can offer compassion and support while firefighters and other first responders focus on addressing the emergency unfolding.”
This evening, The Salvation Army will be serving dinner to residents at a nearby reception centre where displaced residents can stay warm until they are updated on the situation. The reception centre will be open to 700 residents with over 600 expected to be able to return home later this evening.
Ottawa Fire Services reports that damage is estimated at $200,000.
The Army’s established and well-rehearsed emergency protocol allows the organization to deliver fast, efficient service to first responders as well as those impacted. The Salvation Army endeavours to ease human suffering wherever it is found and draws on a wide range of resources that rapidly shift into action when a disaster strikes. The Salvation Army’s capability and experience are proven. Whether a local incident or a major disaster, EDS personnel are often among the first to arrive on the scene and the last to depart.