Lubbock Salvation Army develops prototype response device - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/2/10

Lubbock Salvation Army develops prototype response device

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Salvation Army in Lubbock could change the way volunteers respond to disasters. They have created a device a first of its kind device that can get food to those in need quickly and easily.

"It gives a whole other dimension to capability," said Salvation Army Captain Mike Morton. Designed in Lubbock and built in Indianapolis, the Rapid Response Unit is a mobile meal carrier minus the kitchen. For some disasters or feeding the local homeless, taking the $200,000 canteen equipped with a kitchen was just too much.

"It is good for moving a kitchen into an area when you can cook, but for transporting food not well designed."

The responder is the brainchild of Dave Freriks. Freriks and Morton saw the need for a standalone food delivery device after Hurricane Katrina. Donors on the South Plains made the responder a reality and funded the first prototype.  

The unit has a drop down ledge which acts as a serving lane or a buffet. The insulated siding helps keep the food warm.

The RRU costs $55,000 for both the unit and the truck.

"I think this is going to catch of lot of attention," said Morton. The device has 180 square feet of storage which creates space to transport 180 meals.

The responder can stand alone, which frees up the truck. It is also green with solar panel chargers. Morton and his team are looking for ways to improve the responder and hope it helps revolutionize response efforts.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers or groups who would like to run the Responder.

You can contact Dave Freriks at 806-765-9434.

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