The Salvation Army has launched a new emergency response vehicle to support the emergency services and the community.
The organisation’s previous vehicle attended 210 events and emergencies, providing hot food and drink to the fire service, the police and the council’s emergency response team. The new vehicle, which is joint funded by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and The Salvation Army, will replace the organisation’s old van which, after 13 years of service, had become unreliable.
The van will be based at Stowmarket Fire Station.
Mike Baker, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Response Coordinator for Suffolk said: “We are in partnership with the fire service and they support us and we support them.
“As a church and a charity The Salvation Army is dedicated to providing compassionate support, a listening ear and practical help to those in need in the community.
“We see our support of emergency personnel and the community at emergencies as a vital part of our work.”
Cllr Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection praised the hard work of the volunteers.
“I am delighted this will continue with the provision of this jointly funded vehicle, based at Stowmarket fire station,” he said.