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Oroville Salvation Army gets help for next emergency thanks to new trailer

The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services Trailer, parked in front of their Oroville office.

The Salvation Army moved one of their Emergency Disaster Services Trailers from their Redding office to their Oroville office, and marked the occasion with a dedication ceremony in Oroville on Wednesday.

The Redding office already had two trailers, while there were none in Oroville, so the transfer was a necessary move, according to Major Larry Feist.

Feist expects the trailer will help them do great things for those in need, especially during emergencies.

"Another thing that we can do is go to the command centers and feed the first responders, so it just depends on where the greatest need is," Feist said.

One emergency commonly seen in the Northstate is wildfires, that often cause people to evacuate their homes and find shelters.

That's a situation that Tammy Flicker, a volunteer for The Salvation Army, is all too familiar with. She expects the food trailer to make dealing with those situations a bit easier.

"In our wildfires last year we had to ask for outside help to come in, now we'll be able to set up our kitchen, our own kitchen here," Flicker said.

Two to four people will be needed to operate that kitchen. The Salvation Army's food trailer is run by volunteers, and it's capable of serving up to 900 meals a day at disaster locations, according to Salvation Army officials.

A representative from Congressman Doug LaMalfa's office attended the dedication ceremony to present The Salvation Army with a congressional recognition award.


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