Red Cross testing next-generation emergency response vehicle in Louisiana

Red Cross testing next-generation emergency response vehicle in Louisiana

POSTED: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 12:04pm

American Red Cross Chapters in South Louisiana are part of a national test of the next generation of the organization’s emergency response vehicle, with the new vehicle prototype in South Louisiana March 18, through March 21, 2013.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our community to be a part of shaping the future of our services and the iconic Red Cross response vehicle,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO American Red Cross South Louisiana Region. “Our community will help ensure that this redesigned vehicle will effectively provide help, hope and comfort to people in need after disasters across the country.”

Chapters across South Louisiana are participating 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 Crossers and the people we help. 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.

“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 Charley Shimanski, senior vice president, Red Cross Disaster Services. “With the help of communities in South Louisiana we’ll be able to make sure that the new design meets the needs of the people who turn to us for help after disasters.”

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