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Disaster Relief Course in Abilene

Several canteens from around the region came for seminar
"We wanna be able to roll on a moment's notice," said Capt. Russ Keeney.

 So, in a crisis, whose job is it.. to help the men and women.. who help us?

"We have several classes going on. We have an intro to disaster course that everyone that is going to be on a canteen is required to go through," said Keeney.

The salvation army in Abilene is hosting a Regional Disaster Training course. 

"We have seven canteens here"

The canteen, is what they will be learning about.

"A canteen is basically a mobile kitchen," said Keeney.

Students must learn all the ins and outs of the truck.

"We have a three tier sink, we have two coffee pots, we have a grill, a four burner stove," he said.

So, in a disaster.. they can focus on taking care of first-responders.

"They're not allowed to leave but they still need to be able to eat and drink, so we'll go up and set up by the command post and we'll feed em," said Keeney.

So first responders can then focus on the task at hand.

The Abilene-based canteen was at the Buffalo Gap fire, just last month.

"We served a lot of different meals," he said.

They helped out with more than just food.

"The firefighters needed eye wash, a lot of them needed the lip balm for them, we try to meet whatever need happens to be out there," he said.

Captain Keeney said they do this not only to show their appreciation for first responders, but to get things back to calm, as quickly as possible.



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