EFD Seeks Volunteers for Fire Corps Program

Thursday, 05 May 2011

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer, Enid News and Eagle

Enid Fire Department is seeking volunteers for a program to help the department in operations that do not require full-time firefighters.

The program, Fire Corps, is part of Department of Homeland Security’s grassroots movement called Citizens Corps, which involves residents in making their communities safer.

Assistant Fire Marshal Todd Hays said the department applied for and received a federal grant to begin the program in Enid.

Hays said volunteers are needed to help the department in non-operational areas, such as public safety education and fire safety demonstrations.

“The idea is to have a core group of volunteers,” Hays said. “We need one program manager and volunteers to work in teams or groups.”

Fire Corps members could conduct fire extinguisher demonstrations, talk to schools about fire safety, host block parties for education purposes, operate the department’s Fire Safety House at events, conduct neighborhood canvases to install smoke alarms, perform chaplain duties and provide translation services for fire safety materials.

Hays said a grant of $4,740 was awarded and the department already has purchased items for the program, including a 6-foot by 10-foot enclosed trailer, T-shirts for volunteers, a portable canopy, portable fire extinguishers and burn plates.

He said the department would provide the training for all volunteers.

The minimum age for volunteers for Fire Corps is 16, but all minors could work under the supervision of an adult. A background check of all volunteers would also be conducted.

“The community supports the fire department in many ways,” Fire Marshal Ken Helms said. “We want to use those people to distribute public safety education and fire safety messages.”

Helms said the department was seeking volunteers for Fire Corps, such as retired firefighters, spouses of firefighters “or anybody who is interested and wants to make this a safer community.”

Information on the program will be posted on Enid Fire Department’s website, www.enid.org/fire. Those interested in volunteering can contact Hays by calling 234-0541 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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