“When I woke up this morning, I knew the Red Cross sheltered some firefighters at the Moorhead High School shelter last night, but that didn’t prepare me for what I saw once I turned into the high school parking lot. There must have been 20+ fire trucks and a dozen or so smaller fire department SUV’s.
When I walked into the shelter, there were firefighters EVERYWHERE. One hundred forty firefighters from all over the state of Minnesota spent the night at the Red Cross shelter Friday night. Along with the 70 other shelter residents there were 210 people staying in the Moorhead High School shelter.
Most of the firefighters I spoke with were recruited to come up here with only an hour or two advance notice. They were coming up here to help the local authorities and have been assigned to be on the watch for any levy breaches.
Volunteers in a disaster relief effort take many forms. These firefighters, much like our Red Cross volunteers, are taking time away from their loved ones, time away from their daily routines and are coming up here to help the people in the flood affected areas with very little advance notice… and they’re doing a terrific job!”
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