Fire Corps Reaches Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, 16 August 2006

Fire Corps members from Johnson County Rural Fire District #1 in Arkansas shared their mission of "Fire Prevention through Education" at the 2006 Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, this June. Students from the University of the Ozarks' Phi Beta Lambda business organization had chosen the Johnson County RFD #1 Fire Corps as their community service project.

RFD #1's Fire Safety Team, which includes the students as well as volunteer firefighters, donated nearly 6,500 hours for fire safety programming and activities in 2005 and participated in 255 hours of fire safety training. The success of the program earned the students second place for their Community Service Project. Along with this recognition, Fire Corps will now be featured in the 2006 PBL Winning Reports, which is available to PBL members nationwide.

Activities of the RFD #1 Fire Corps included conducting fire safety programs at elementary schools, civic organizations, and the university. The group also helped sponsor a fire safety calendar contest for area school children, organized and implemented the annual Johnson County Fire Safety Awareness Parade and Kidsfest Safety Fair, installed smoke alarms in the homes of the elderly, and many other activities. Through the involvement of Fire Corps, RFD #1 experienced a 287% increase in fire safety programming, and Johnson County saw a 34% decrease in residential property loss.

 Shandy Russell, the current president of the university's PBL Chapter, commented, "Being involved with Fire Corps over the past couple of years has allowed us to gain a new perspective on the amazing work that firefighters do on a daily basis. The time that we spent doing work for our local fire department was our way of giving back to those who give so much to their communities and nation."

More than 2,000 college students gathered in Nashville for the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference. These undergraduates are part of a 233,000 member base of aspiring professionals from all across the nation, preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.

For more information on the efforts of the University of the Ozarks' PBL Fire Corps program, contact Lori Moon at 202-887-4809, ext. 23, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about Fire Corps, visit

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