Red Cross schools officials on services

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Fire chiefs in the Valley are now more familiar with what the local Red Cross does for families in need in the area.

The first annual meeting of fire chiefs and officers with the American Red Cross was held Thursday at the new Red Cross facilities in Liberty Township.

Red Cross Spokesperson Karen Conklin said the meetings are important to make sure everyone is on the same page and officials are aware of the resources offered by the agency.

“Things have changed. We have gotten bigger and we have assumed other counties, and we want to make sure every fire department understands how and where we do our work and what the boundaries are,” said Conklin.

The Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley recently added Columbiana County to their service area, which also includes Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Boardman Fire Chief George Brown said the Red Cross is not only instrumental in disaster relief, but they also provide support for firefighters and police.

“Last year, we had that apartment complex fire on Lockwood Boulevard. Not only did the Red Cross take care of the residents that were displaced but provided canteen service to first responders that were there,” said Brown. “It is a great partnership to have the first responders working with the Red Cross.”

Also making news at the American Red Cross,a free new Flood App was launched in recognition of Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 16 to March 22). The app gives instructions about what to do before, during and after a flood.

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