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Imposing Red Cross task force for double pope canonization

22/04/2014

Some 600 volunteers, 56 ambulances and more on weekend

Imposing Red Cross task force for double pope canonization

Rome, April 22 - Some 600 volunteers from all over the country will be part of an imposing Italian Red Cross task force to be deployed in aid of Catholic pilgrims expected to flock to Rome for the canonization of popes John Paul II and John XXIII on the weekend, sources said Tuesday. The task force will also include 23 ambulances equipped to deal with critical emergencies, 33 regular ambulances, a mobile reanimation unit, 43 health care teams on foot, a Code White or pediatric emergency tent, four so-called Mom Points for families with small children, and dedicated accounts on Twitter (@CRI_RM) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/roma.cri). The social media accounts will transmit real-time information and alerts dealing with both health and weather emergencies in English, French, Italian, Polish, and Spanish. The 600 volunteers will be housed in tents in a case camp at Red Cross headquarters in Via Ramazzini.