Fire Corps Prepares for Fire Prevention Week

Friday, 25 August 2006

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 and Fire Corps has joined forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), firefighters, and safety advocates nationwide to increase awareness about fire safety. This year’s campaign focuses on preventing cooking fires, which is the leading cause of home fires according to the latest NFPA research.

"Fire Corps is a great resource for fire departments to bring fire safety training into the community," said Sarah Lee, Director of Fire Corps. "Fire prevention is an important topic all year long, but Fire Prevention Week creates a great opportunity where we can work with other organizations in a concentrated effort to impart life-saving fire safety messages nationwide."

Fire Corps is a federally-funded, locally-driven effort under Citizen Corps. Administered on a national level by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), Fire Corps encourages community members to offer their time and talents to their local fire/EMS departments in a non-emergency capacity, enabling the department personnel to focus their efforts on providing emergency services. Fire Corps also allows departments to provide additional services they may not otherwise be able to offer, including fire safety training in the community.

Fire Corps and the NVFC are both members of the National Preparedness Month Coalition. Preceding Fire Prevention Week, National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools.

Throughout National Preparedness Month and Fire Prevention Week, Fire Corps will feature related articles in its monthly E-Update and on its website. During Fire Prevention Week, Fire Corps will join with the NVFC to send out a broadcast email each day featuring a different fire safety tip.

For more information about Fire Corps and to sign up for the Fire Corps E-Update, visit www.firecorps.org.

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