'Rapid Response' Jobs Event Aims To Help Portsmouth Fire Victims Find Work

Apr 11, 2017

Fire fighters from dozens of towns battled the blaze in downtown Portsmouth on Tuesday.
Credit Jason Moon for NHPR

Employees of businesses damaged by a major fire in Portsmouth will have a chance to connect with unemployment benefits on Wednesday.

The state Department of Resources and Economic Development is hosting what it calls a ‘rapid response jobs event’ after a major fire damaged businesses in downtown Portsmouth earlier this week.

The event will be held at Great Bay Community College at 2 P.M. on Wednesday.

Michael Power is with DRED. He says the event will help employees of the State Street Saloon, Louie’s, and other businesses affected by the fire connect with unemployment benefits and look for new jobs.

“We help them with job search, job interview skills, we help them find other employers," said Power, "and if they want to move into a new field or new career path they can be eligible for job retraining funds that can send them off to school to put them in a new direction.”

Power says residents who were displaced by the fire are also encouraged to attend.

Meanwhile an online fundraiser for residents and employees affected by the fire has raised over fifteen thousand dollars.