Red Cross testing next-generation
emergency response vehicle in central Illinois
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[January 25, 2013]
DECATUR -- The local American Red Cross region, which
includes the Illinois Capital Area Chapter and Mid-Illinois Chapter,
is part of a national test of the next generation of the
organization's emergency response vehicle. This vehicle will be
housed at the chapter in Quincy but will visit area chapters this
The local tour schedule is as follows:
Saturday, Jan. 26 -- 1045
Outer Park Road, Springfield. Volunteers and the public are welcome to
attend from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A private media tour will be available from
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 27 -- 2674 N. Main St., Decatur.
Volunteers, the public and media are welcome to attend starting at 1:30 p.m.
"This is an incredible opportunity to be a part of shaping the future of our
services and the iconic Red Cross response vehicle," said Colleen Stone,
Illinois Capital Area Chapter CEO. "Local volunteers will help ensure that this
redesigned vehicle will effectively provide help, hope and comfort to people in
need after disasters across the country."
This region is one of two dozen Red Cross sites across the country involved
in the testing and assessment program for the new vehicles.
The prototypes are the result of a five-year process engaging Red Cross
volunteers, staff, partners and the design community to create a vehicle that is
more cost-efficient and provides a better experience for both Red Cross staff
and the people being helped. Currently, the Red Cross has more than 320
emergency response vehicles in 49 states that are used after disasters like home
fires, tornadoes and floods to serve meals, snacks and beverages to families and
distribute relief supplies.
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"Over the next decade, the Red Cross expects to replace our current
fleet of response vehicles while saving millions of dollars by
switching to a more effective platform with reduced maintenance
costs," said Carl Baker, Mid-Illinois chapter CEO. "With the help of
communities such as ours, we'll be able to make sure that the new
design meets the needs of the people who turn to us for help after
[Text from file
received from the Central
Illinois Region of the American Red Cross]