Every eight minutes, American Red Cross volunteers mobilize to help people in their darkest hours. During disasters big and small, we provide shelter, food and much more. For members of the military, veterans and their families facing the unique challenges of military life, we provide unwavering support throughout their service and beyond. To ensure we are ready to respond to the unimaginable, the Red Cross is in a constant state of steadfast preparation: training volunteers and citizen responders, stocking warehouses with supplies and coordinating with community partners.
But before any of this can happen, we must get there. The Red Cross relies on our fleet of nearly 5,400 cars, SUVs, cargo vans and trucks. While they seldom show up in headlines, these community emergency vehicles are on the road every day, making our lifesaving work possible.
In Florida’s Space Coast our community response vehicle travels an average of 12,000 miles annually and has been on the road for approximately eight years. With an estimated lifespan of about eight years, our vehicles are due to be retired, aging vehicles requires costly repairs and needs replacing to make sure everyone gets the help they need.