Fire Corps and Citizen Corps Host Successful Seminar on Capitol Hill

Saturday, 09 April 2005

Fire Corps and the National Office of Citizen Corps held a successful seminar at the 17th annual Congressional Fire Services Institute dinner and seminars held April 7 in Washington, DC. The session, a part of a day long series of seminars on fire service topics held on Capitol Hill highlighted both Fire Corps and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs of Citizen Corps and how they can benefit fire departments.

Presentations included an overview of Citizen Corps and a national perspective on CERT by Karen Marsh of the National Office of Citizen Corps, a national perspective of Fire Corps by Shawn Stokes, Director of Fire Corps, a local perspective on Fire Corps by Chief Jeff Cash of the Cherryville (NC) Fire Department and a local perspective of CERT by Derek Rowan of the Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department.

The day ended with the CFSI dinner where the keynote speaker, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, made mention of Fire Corps being a key part of the Department’s goal in building a relationship with the fire service and in preparing and protecting our communities.

"This was a great opportunity to educate fire service leaders about the benefits of Fire Corps and CERT," said Stokes. "In addition, the Secretary’s example of Fire Corps as a cooperative effort between DHS and the fire service helped to highlight this new and exciting program."

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