Red Cross Support Following Alps Plane Crash
European Red Cross Societies answer call for support following tragic plane crash
More than 50 French Red Cross volunteers were mobilised to partake in the emergency operation established following the recent plane crash, in the area of Digne-les-Bains, in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in southern France.
French Red Cross also requested the support of its German and Spanish Red Cross colleagues in providing emotional support to those who have lost their loved ones in the air accident. Red Cross psychosocial support teams from Germany and Spain answered the call, arriving in the French Alps region yesterday as the country was expecting the arrival of around 800 relatives of the German and Spanish victims. The Germanwings Airbus A320 carrier took off at the El Prat airport in Barcelona on 24 March heading for Düsseldorf with 150 people on board. The passengers included a class of 16 German high school students and two teachers who were returning from a study program near Barcelona.
PSS High on the Agenda
"We are shocked about this disaster and will do everything we can to support the affected people” said Rudolf Seiters, President of the German Red Cross, as four volunteers of his National Society specialised in providing psychosocial support made their way to France. In a recent press release, Seiters also highlighted the fact that providing psychosocial (PSS) support to the relatives of victims had become a priority activity for the German Red Cross in recent years.
A PSS support team of nine member from the Catalonian branch of the Spanish Red Cross travelled to France yesterday. They were joined by a team of five specialists from the German Red Cross which was deployed overnight and arrived at the scene of the accident on Wednesday morning. On the day of the crash, the Spanish Red Cross deployed a team of thirty volunteers to El Prat airport in Barcelona, providing valuable support to the distraught relatives of victims.
The German, Spanish and French Red Cross teams are also involved in advising the emergency health staff and police on how to handle the psychosocial aspects of this crisis. The German Red Cross has also activated its tracing service.
Photos: French Red Cross.
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