When an older man has a therapy appointment,
the Croce Gialla, or Yellow Cross, is there to transport him,
notes Enrico Guerrier, its president in Camerano. When an
accident occurs, the Croce Gialla is always the first to respond
at the scene. If a tourist were to faint on the beach from
heat exhaustion, the Croce Gialla would come to the rescue.
And all of this is possible through the sacrifices
made both by the volunteers and professionals involved in the
Guerrier has been the president of Camerano’s Croce Gialla
since 2002. He started with the organization as a volunteer in
1980, when the local branch was founded and he was working for
the railway. As president, he remains a volunteer.
Camerano’s Croce Gialla was born out of
a serious tractor accident that took place in 1972. At the
time, the closest local medical emergency response team, a Croce
Gialla affiliate, was in the city of Ancona, about 8.5 miles away.
On this fateful day, rescue teams took about an hour to arrive
on the scene, and some people in Camerano decided they needed
to create their own medical team that could respond more quickly.
They organized a local Croce Gialla affiliate, which was officially
recognized in 1980.
The local organization has grown to more than
200 volunteers today and provides services 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. Camerano’s Croce Gialla employs five
professionals and also works with nearby doctors and hospitals.
It is affiliated with the Associazione Nationale Pubbliche Assistenze
(ANPAS) , which is connected to other public service organizations
but is not a part of the international Red Cross movement although
their work is similar. As Guerrier puts it, “the common
element is the presence of volunteers.”