Buffalo EDS Team Responds to Explosion and Fire Impacting Three Homes

April 20, 2018
Michael R. Schwartz | michael.schwartz@use.salvationarmy.org | (315) 434-1367

Buffalo EDS Team Responds to Explosion and Fire Impacting Three Homes

Buffalo, NY - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team based in Buffalo, NY (Erie County) responded to a multi alarm residential fire on Covington Road in the City Thursday evening. The team provided canteen and hydration services to approximately 120 firefighters who were involved in fighting the explosion and large fire that impacted three homes.  The Salvation Army also provided water, snacks, blankets and emotional and spiritual care to residents displaced by the explosion and fire. 

“We are grateful to the Buffalo Area Command and the continued selfless service of their EDS volunteers.  It is awe inspiring to see the dedication and service above self exhibited by this team of volunteers in Buffalo.  It is truly a blessing to the Greater Buffalo Area when you realize that these services are provided only through donated resources from the community as our disaster relief does not receive any funding or reimbursement from any level of government in New York State.  Whether it is a cup of coffee, a blanket for a resident who ran out of danger in the cold or simply a comforting word, our EDS Team is there, never searching out the limelight, just to be a helping hand in a time of crisis.” said Michael R. Schwartz, Divisional Disaster Director for the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, please contact Michael Schwartz at (315) 434-1367 or michael.schwartz@use.salvationarmy.org

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