New Red Cross Unit on hand to provide support during power cut

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By recneps86 | Thursday, March 14, 2013, 16:45

Many Quedgeley residents woke this morning to find that their lights, alarm clocks and radios weren't working due to a power cut caused by a fire at the Substation in Severnvale Drive. As crews from Western Power Distribution worked to repair the fault, many of the affected properties soon regained their power supply, however some houses were without electricity into the afternoon.

The Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Unit, based at Gloucester South Fire Station, was mobilised to the scent and visited a number of vulnerable people in the area at the request of Western Power Distribution. The crew, along with a second response team from Bristol, then stationed the vehicle on Severnside Drive as a mobile information point where people still without power could talk to the Red Cross team, get advice, and also get hot drinks!

Service co-ordinator Dan Spencer said "This was the first time that the new unit, which was only launched last Wednesday, was used at an incident. Whilst we primarily respond to calls from the fire service our agreement with Western Power Distribution ensures that people affected by long-lasting power cuts are able to find out what is happening, and, more importantly, keep warm!"

To find out more about the service, or to volunteer,  contact Dan Spencer at the British Red Cross - dspencer@redcross.org.uk or 0117 3012619. 

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