Charlottesville Fire Dept. Offering New Assistance Program

Aug. 21, 2014

The Charlottesville Fire Department is launching a new effort to help victims of house fires.

The new resource guide, After The Fire, helps anyone who has been through a fire to get back to a normal life.

The program helps victims through the process of what to do after a house fire, who to contact to replace important document, and figuring out how the Red Cross can help.

The fire department recognizes that after a house fire there are a lot of questions, and wants to make sure displaced families have a resource to help them every step of the way.

"The exciting this is that we've really been able to see where we've made a measurable difference after our traditional firefighting job is finished and we're able to stay with them and walk them through some of the most tragic times that they'll ever experience," Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner said.

Chief Werner says there are other similar programs across the country and wanted to bring the idea to Charlottesville to help out the local community.

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