Senator Encourages Departments to Participate in Fire Corps

Tuesday, 08 August 2006

Senator Thomas Carper of Delaware is encouraging all fire and emergency service departments in Delaware to participate in the national Fire Corps program, a component of the Department of Homeland Security's Citizen Corps initiative to foster individual and community preparedness.

"I believe that Fire Corps represents an opportunity that may very well be a great help to your department and to our state of Delaware," Senator Carper stated in a letter he mailed to all fire chiefs within his state. The letter, mailed in cooperation with the Delaware Volunteer Fireman's Association (DVFA), encourages departments in Delaware to invite members of the community into the department to assist in non-emergency roles such as helping conduct fire prevention and life safety education activities, installing smoke alarms, performing home safety checks, or performing administrative tasks. "By utilizing Fire Corps volunteers, your first responders are better able to focus on their core mission, responding to and preparing for emergencies," said the Senator in his letter.

A state-specific Fire Corps brochure, created by the DVFA and the national office of Fire Corps, was included with the letter to the Delaware fire chiefs. "We are very happy to have the support of Senator Carper in encouraging departments to take advantage of this exceptional program," said Sarah Lee, Director of Fire Corps. "Hopefully this will help raise awareness of Fire Corps throughout the state of Delaware so that more departments can benefit from the program."

For more information on Fire Corps, please visit www.firecorps.org or call 1-888-FC-INFO1 (324-6361).

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