Volunteers and staff alike from the Santa Monica Red CrossÝresponded to the call for disaster workers at locations in and around the Malibu (Canyon) fire as well as at other regional brush fires currently burning.

More volunteers are needed to work throughout the region as well as to help support local Red Cross chapters in a variety of functions.

For those who have had no formal American Red Cross disaster training, two three-hour classes are required to volunteer in a disaster operation. TheyÝare Mass Care and Shelter Operations, to be held Thursday, October 25th; Saturday, October 27th; Tuesday, October 30th, and Thursday,ÝNovember 1st, at theÝSanta Monica chapter, 1450 11th St. in Santa Monica.

Persons interested in taking these classes and qualifying to work at the Southern California fires and other disasters can call the chapter at (310) 394-6571 for the class schedules, times, registration and other information.

Persons who have taken these classes previously. such as afterÝHurricane Katrina, are still eligible for “disaster duty.” Those wishing to go out to a brush fire location and volunteer should call the Santa Monica chapter at (310) 394-3773 and ask to sign up for disaster duty.

Those wishing to make financial donations or just “help out” can call the Santa Monica Red Cross for information during weekday business hours as well as on Saturday.

In Los Angeles County, the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross responded to several fires. As the lead chapter, The American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles supported shelters for fire victims and canteen service for firefighters and public safety people in Malibu and numerous other locations.

The Santa Monica chapter is assisting the Greater Los Angeles Red Cross.

Volunteers from Santa Monica who worked the brush fires in Malibu include Cory Russell, Kate Mottola, Karen Donoho, Mike Mandini, P.J. Palmer and Pete Picanso, who were all assigned to the now closed canteen service for firefighters based in the Malibu Civic Center.

Information is also available at www.redcrossofsantamonica.org/.