Red Cross Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle Prototype Visits Southern Nevada Chapter

The American Red Cross has chosen the Southern Nevada chapter to participate along with almost two dozen other chapters in testing a new prototype Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). It arrived here Friday, and is being tested by a team of ERV volunteers during this week to see how the advanced innovations hold up to our work in the field. For an up close and personal peek at what’s coming to the future of the Red Cross, everyone is invited to the Chapter office at 1771 E. Flamingo Rd. Suite 206-B this Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 from 6:30p – 8:00p for an open house to see the test vehicle and it’s improvements.  The prototype vehicles are being tested to make sure that the new design meets the needs of the people who turn to the Red Cross for help after disasters. New technologies are being incorporated  like WiFi and dynamic messaging, so that the vehicles will be able to help with communication in disaster-torn areas. Over the next 10 years, the Red Cross hopes to replace it’s aging national fleet of ERVs with new, more efficient vehicles, saving millions of dollars in the long run. Better fuel efficiency, easier to find replacement parts and safety and ergonomic features are at the top of the list of improvements. Red Cross emergency response vehicles have become a sign of relief in disaster affected communities over the years, and the next-generation design will continue to serve as a beacon of hope rolling through neighborhoods where help is needed most. Over 100 years ago, American Red Cross founder Clara Barton used a wagon as an ambulance for her work in the battlefields. World War II brought “clubmobiles” that the Red Cross used to support U.S. servicemen. In 1984, the Red Cross standardized disaster vehicles around an ambulance design. Prior to that, converted bread trucks, station wagons and pickups were used to deliver meals and supplies after disasters. The American Red Cross has more than 320 ERVs stationed at chapter offices around the country. The entire fleet was mobilized in response to Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. Volunteers drove vehicles from all around the country to go to New York and New Jersey to assist in the devastated communities. In their home chapters, the vehicles are used for local disaster response – feeding victims and delivering clean up supplies to disaster affected areas. These new vehicles will bring Red Cross mobile abilities into a new generation of response, taking into consideration the evolving needs of our nation’s population, and allowing hundreds of thousands of Red Cross volunteers to continue to deliver the care that is so needed every time, all the time.


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