Twelve volunteers and staff from the Tustin Ranch (Calif.) Corps manned the Orange County Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) canteen and served more than 3,000 guests with snacks, coffee and water at the annual Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Open House Oct. 12.
The open house featured fire truck displays, firefighting and fire safety demonstrations, search and rescue exhibitions, fire truck rides for kids, and an information fair comprised of partnering organizations active in community safety and emergency response.
“This was a great day and fantastic opportunity for The Salvation Army to support the OCFA and share our story to many people from the community,” said EDS Team Leader Kevin White. “It was a bonus to hear wonderful stories from people about how the Army has impacted the lives of others through our EDS services.”
White said one fireman shared a story about his father, a firefighter years ago in Los Angeles, who always saw the Army there in times of crisis and emergency serving the needs of the victims and first responders. To this day he still sends in a monthly donation to the Army in appreciation of its services.