SAVE cards offer immediate aid to victims of catastrophic loss |

SAVE cards offer immediate aid to victims of catastrophic loss

Submitted to The Union by the Penn Valley Fire Protection District

A new partnership — Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) — is allows firefighters to help fire victims take their first step towards healing.

Funded by the California Fire Foundation through private donations, SAVE lets incident commanders on scene of a disaster offer immediate financial assistance to victims who suffer a substantial property loss.

Under the innovative program, designated incident commanders carry $100 SAVE gift cards on calls that threaten significant property damage.

If the property loss is judged to be 25 percent or greater, the incident commander is authorized to immediately issue a SAVE card to the individual or family affected by the disaster.

At a time when they may have also lost credit cards, IDs and other essential, the SAVE card allows them to purchase medicine, a hot meal, some clothes or maybe a place to stay the night.

“Firefighters have a personal investment in the outcome of every call — we want to be there to provide whatever support we can for disaster victims,” said Clayton Thomas, president of the Nevada County Professional Firefighters, Local 3800. “We can’t replace all that they lost, but a SAVE card can help a victim through those first, tough 24 hours and maybe make them feel less lost and alone.”

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