John Lamont joined fellow MPs from across the political spectrum in backing a new scheme which uses the power of community to tackle emergencies.
The British Red Cross responds to an emergency every four hours in the UK – from fires, to extreme weather conditions and flooding, to national emergencies, including acts of terror.
The drive to sign up 10,000 volunteers comes after the British Red Cross experienced one of its busiest years since the Second World War in 2017, assisting 9,265 people in more than 1,500 emergencies across the UK.
Borders MP Mr Lamont, pictured far right, showed his support for the scheme – called community reserve volunteers, which will create a national network of people ready to help in a local emergency – by attending an event at the House of Commons to meet volunteers. He heard first-hand about the initiative, including volunteers’ experiences of being deployed to incidents such as floods and fires, and their reasons for signing up.
z To learn more about the community reserve scheme and how to sign up, visit: redcross.org.uk/reserves