Calaveras County officials this week are honoring 246 Red Cross volunteers as well as Debbie Calcote, the regional disaster program manager for American Red Cross, as unsung heroes of the Butte Fire recovery effort.
A written announcement from the county said, “The fire has long been out, but Debbie and the Red Cross remain.”
Red Cross volunteers operated evacuation shelters and offered a variety of services to Butte Fire survivors such as providing protective suits and work gloves, shovels, rakes, brooms, tents and other equipment needed when residents returned to burned properties.
All Red Cross services are offered at no cost to the beneficiaries.
The statement noted that since the fire, Calcote has on five occasions opened warming shelters to assist those
facing storms and cold temperatures with inadequate housing.
As the regional disaster program manager, Calcote trains volunteers and teaches classes on subject such as logistics and psychological first aid.