Congressman Boozman Meets with Fire Corps Members

Thursday, 20 April 2006

Congressman John Boozman (R-AR) met with Fire Corps members Dayna Hilton and Lori Moon on April 6 to discuss the program and learn about its success in Johnson County, Arkansas.

As Public Fire and Life Safety Educator with Johnson County Rural Fire District #1 in Clarksville, Arkansas, Hilton serves as the coordinator for the department's Fire Corps program. Her team of Fire Corps members consists of students from the Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders) chapter at the University of the Ozarks, of which Moon is president.

The Johnson County RFD #1 Fire Corps has proven to be an exemplary illustration of a successful Fire Corps program. Working with the department's firefighters, the Fire Corps team has reached over 42,000 adults and children with fire safety programs and activities in Johnson County and surrounding communities. These initiatives are credited with reducing fire-related residential property losses by 36% between 2004 and 2005.

Congressman Boozman commended the work of the Johnson County RFD #1 Fire Corps program, calling it the "perfect example of what makes Arkansas great."

Sarah Lee, Director of Fire Corps, also attended the meeting, promoting the importance of all Citizen Corps programs, which includes Fire Corps, Neighborhood Watch, Medical Reserve Corps, Community Emergency Response Teams and Volunteers in Police Service.

Established in 2004, Fire Corps is a locally-driven Citizen Corps program that allows community members to offer their time and talents to their local fire/EMS departments in a non-operational or non-emergency capacity. It is administered through a partnership between the International Association of Fire Chief's Volunteer & Combination Officers Section, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).

Hilton, Moon and Lee had presented a workshop the previous day about Fire Corps as part of the annual educational series hosted by the Congressional Fire Services Institute. On April 7, during the NVFC's spring meeting, Hilton was honored with the 2006 NVFC Fire Prevention Award for her work and enthusiasm in keeping her community safe, an honor she said she shares with all the firefighters in her department.

For more information, visit www.firecorps.org.

Contact:
Sarah Lee, Director - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 202-887-4809, ext. 18
Kimberly Ettinger, Public Relations Associate - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 202-887-4809 ext. 19

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