The Salvation Army's emergency response team in Manchester were called to support emergency services following an attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night. Volunteers, manning three emergency response vehicles which came from across the region, offered support and served tea and coffee to around 400 emergency personnel between 1am and 5am. They are ready to offer further help if called upon.
The Salvation Army’s Divisional Commander for its Central North Division, Major Alan Watters, and Lieutenant Kay Blues, church leader at The Salvation Army’s Manchester Central church, will be attending the vigil in Albert Square this evening.
Commissioner Clive Adams (Territorial Commander, United Kingdom Territory with Republic of Ireland) said: "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have died, and our best wishes to those who are injured." He concluded his thoughts with a prayer: "Lord, comfort the bereaved, touch the injured, bring shalom to those who are angry or fearful."
About The Salvation Army’s Emergency Response team in the North West:
Outside of London, The Salvation Army’s North West team responds to the most number of incidents – attending more than 1,000 incidents in 14 years. Major Nigel Tansley, in 2015, received an MBE for his work supporting emergency services, and co-ordinates The Salvation Army’s response teams across the North West.