Plan for Jersey to get its own emergency response team

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A charity in Jersey plans to start a new service supporting people who have been affected by disasters in the island.

The British Red Cross emergency response team will help those affected by disasters ranging from a house fire to a major incident.

The charity hopes to launch the project as soon as possible and has appealed for volunteers.

It will be the first time the response team will be established in Jersey.

Nick Chandler, from the scheme, said: "People in Jersey are very well aware of the help the Red Cross provides during major emergencies overseas.

"It seems fitting that we are now establishing a team to respond to 21st Century emergencies on our very own doorstep."

The charity hopes to raise £50,000 to buy a specialist vehicle to assist the project.

It will include a shower, cooker, hot water boiler and supplies to provide immediate temporary shelter.

Mr Chandler said he hoped the initiative would start as soon as possible, but it depended on the number of volunteers and the amount of money raised for the vehicle.

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