Forest fires are still burning in many places in British Columbia, and a team from Samaritan's Purse is heading out to help.
The Christian relief and development organization has moved a convoy of vehicles—including a Disaster Relief Unit tractor-trailer— from Calgary to the region along with trained leaders who will equip and deploy clean-up volunteers.
"Our experience helping fire victims has taught us that the opportunity for residents to return to their homes with trained volunteers to safely sift through rubble and recover whatever wasn’t burned is a critical step in their recovery," said Tammy Suitor, Canadian disaster relief manager for Samaritan’s Purse Canada in a news release. "We are honoured to be able to help."
Samaritans Purse continues to work with communities in B.C. as 200 wildfires are still burning.
The organization's Disaster Relief Units are outfitted with disaster recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers. They also serve as volunteer coordination centers and are equipped with a self-contained office, communications system, and other supplies.
As its sister organization, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are accompanying Samaritan’s Purse volunteers in helping wildfire victims in Thompson-Nicola Regional District.