A new emergency response vehicle for the American Red Cross Greater Inland Northwest Chapter was recently unveiled thanks to a $50,000 donation from the BNSF Railway Foundation. The donation was made in 2019 but production of the emergency response vehicle was delayed due to COVID-19 and related supply chain issues. Its August arrival in Spokane means it can now be used for disaster relief across the nation.

Emergency response vehicles enable the Red Cross to transport lifesaving blood to patients, get emergency supplies to disaster sites, transport volunteers to areas of need and bring comfort items to hospitalized service members. These vehicles are also used in disasters situations such as wildfires, power outages and flooding to deliver food, cleanup supplies and other essentials to those in need.

The unveiling event was attended by Lena Kent, BNSF Executive Director of Public Relations, pictured here with Red Cross Greater Inland Northwest Chapter Executive Director Ryan Rodin.