Nevada families displaced by fire will get immediate assistance thanks to a statewide fundraising campaign called “Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps.” For the third year, the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada (PFFN) and the Red Cross are working together to not only raise awareness about the immediate effect fires have on families and what can be done to make a difference. This year’s fundraising goal is $250,000.

The campaign has already kicked off in southern Nevada. To start, the PFFN donated $10,000 to the cause.

“Just in southern Nevada alone, our members respond to a residential fire every 19 hours, often leaving at least two residents without a place to stay and basic necessities,” says PFFN Secretary-Treasurer Scott Gorgon. “The money raised during this campaign helps these citizens meet those needs while they wait on their insurance claims to go through.”

Last year, the money raised during this campaign helped more than 1,000 families.