Fire Corps National Advisory Committee Meets

Thursday, 01 March 2007

The Fire Corps National Advisory Committee (NAC) met on February 23 in Washington, DC. The Committee, which meets twice a year, is comprised of representatives from 15 national fire service organizations and provides valuable insight and input into the direction of Fire Corps. Representatives from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and Citizen Corps also attended the meeting.

"We are fortunate to have nearly every major fire service organization represented on the National Advisory Committee," said Sarah Lee, Acting Director of Fire Corps. "Their input and ideas are very valuable as Fire Corps continues to expand both its reach and its resources. In its first two years, Fire Corps has grown to include nearly 550 local programs, and we will continue to provide these and future Fire Corps departments with the tools they need to get the most out of Fire Corps."

The NAC meeting began with a Fire Corps Program Update from Lee and Larry Curl of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, detailing the progress Fire Corps has made since the last NAC meeting. Rachel Jacky, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager, then discussed Citizen Corps priorities and initiatives as well as CERT. Fire Corps recently released a guide detailing how these two Citizen Corps initiatives can work together to provide a comprehensive community volunteer program for local fire/EMS departments. The guide, CERT and Fire Corps: Working Together To Build Stronger Communities, is available on the Fire Corps web site at www.firecorps.org.

Other speakers included Tim O’Dowd from USFA, Sean Carroll from the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), and Lori Moon, Fire Corps Program Coordinator. The meeting concluded with a session conducted by Levick Strategic Communications on how to more effectively relay Fire Corps messages to the media and other specialized audiences.

Fire Corps is a locally-driven initiative under Citizen Corps that increases the capacity of fire/EMS departments by engaging the talents and skills of community volunteers in non-emergency roles. These citizen volunteers enable department personnel to focus their efforts on emergency response and training while allowing departments to provide additional services they may not otherwise be able to offer. In return, citizens gain an intimate understanding of the fire and emergency services and become better prepared to handle their own emergencies as well as those of their neighbor.

The Fire Corps National Advisory Committee is comprised of the following members: Sean Carroll, Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI); Mary McCormack, Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA); Steve Austin, International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI); Nathan Queen, International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (IABPFF); Jim Harmes, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); Michele Shaffer, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF); Chris Neal, International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA); Eddie Buchanan, International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI); Clemente Rocha, National Association of Hispanic Firefighters (NAHF); James Burns, National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM); Ben Roy, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA);

Philip C. Stittleburg, National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC); Richard Mason, North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD); Nancy Kolb, Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS); Representative Pending, Women in the Fire Service (WFSI).

In addition to the NAC members, Fire Corps is supported by several affiliate organizations including USFA (www.usfa.dhs.gov), the Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov), and Citizen Corps (www.citizencorps.gov). For more information about Fire Corps, visit www.firecorps.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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