Late Thursday night Red Cross Disaster Services volunteers responded to Main Street in St Johnsbury to meet the needs of at least 9 families displaced by a late night, four-alarm fire that raged through the residential/commercial building where they lived. The responding personnel are all members of the Northern Vermont Chapter s Disaster Action Team program. The fire appeared to have started in a convenience store on Main Street before spreading to three other buildings. There were no injuries reported.The call came in around 10:30 pm to the Red Cross On-call Disaster Duty Officer who immediately dispatched the Caledonia County Disaster Action Team. The team responded to provide immediate emergency assistance to all the families involved and to support the rehabilitation needs of firefighters and other emergency workers on the scene. Our mass care/rehabilitation personnel are there to help with the rehydration and electrolyte replacement so desperately needed by the firefighters and other emergency personnel as they work on this major structure fire. says Steve Pernicka, the chapter s Mass Care lead, Our role is to help them stay safe as they perform their very important jobs.The front lawn of the Fairbanks Museum, which is close to the actual scene, became a Family Assistance Center where each family was interviewed to determine their immediate emergency needs. The Red Cross is primarily able to assist with emergency shelter, food, clothing, medical and disaster mental health services where a verified need exists and will support the families further by providing referrals to other community support resources.While interviews were being conducted with the families directly affected by the fire, Red Cross officials received a request from the fire department to house additional individuals who were being evacuated temporarily from their apartments on Prospect Street which is in direct proximity to the blaze on Main Street. The Red Cross, its partner agencies and the entire Caledonia County community come together in times like these to support the people affected by disaster. said Tina Wood, the Red Cross Volunteer Co-County Coordinator. Wood went on to say, It is this kind of community support that helps us be successful in our mission. A team of ten Red Cross personnel worked through the night supporting the response efforts.To help the victims of this and other disasters, contributions can be made to the Northern Vermont Chapter s Disaster Relief Fund by sending them to the American Red Cross, Northern Vermont Chapter, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401-3323. Please specify Northern Vermont Chapter Disaster Services in the memo of your check. Also, if you or someone you know are interested in volunteering in Disaster Services and responding to incidents such as this one, we would love to hear from you. Please give us a call at 802-660-9130 x110 to find out more about volunteer opportunities.Source: Red Cross. (St. Johnsbury, Vermont July 10, 2007)
By Dialogo August 04, 2011 On 30 July, the Brazilian Air Force received the four-engine Lockheed P-3AM FAB 7203, after almost two decades without an aircraft capable of anti-submarine warfare. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Spanish city of Getafe, south of Madrid, the plane was welcomed at Salvador Air Base, in the state of Bahia, by military personnel from the base and members of the Ourugan Squadron, a traditional air patrol unit of the Brazilian Air Force. The P-3AM can be considered one of the two most modern maritime patrol and anti-submarine planes currently in existence. The aircraft is capable of scanning large areas of the sea with its advanced sensors and sonobuoys and is able to locate submarines using torpedoes and/or depth charges. In addition, the plane has been equipped to use Boeing AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, with a range of 90 km, manufactured in the United States. With this modern weapons system, the Brazilian Air Force can efficiently carry out the new directives of the National Defense Plan, especially with regard to surveillance of the petroleum exploration zones in Brazilian territorial waters. The P-3 will offer effective support to search-and-rescue activities in the South Atlantic, and the acquisition of this model, as well as its modernization, will enable significant change in the Air Force’s operational model, placing the service in the first rank in all of Latin America and the Caribbean with regard to maritime patrol hardware.