Mesa Fire Department Receives Citizen Corps Funding

Sunday, 11 June 2006

The Mesa Fire Department (AZ) was recently awarded over $17,000 in a grant from the Arizona Central Region Citizen Corps Council in support of their Fire Corps program. This program, known as the Connector Volunteer Program, or Connectors, consists of over 90 community members who assist the department by fulfilling non-emergency roles. Ranging in age from 18 to 89, Connector volunteers provide a variety of services for the department including providing motorist assistance and assisting with special events. Connector volunteers also assist with service calls and provide customer service to both internal and external customers so that the department's first responders can remain "in service" to respond to other 911 calls. Last year, Connector volunteers responded to over 2,100 calls and donated over 15,000 hours, providing an enormous service to the City of Mesa. This Citizen Corps funding will be used to purchase training materials and equipment for the program.

Information on funding through Citizen Corps can be obtained by contacting your local Citizen Corps Council. A listing of all Councils is available at www.citizencorps.gov. For more information on Fire Corps please visit www.firecorps.org.

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