Fire Departments Encouraged to Join Fire Corps

Wednesday, 12 January 2005

Kicked off in December of 2004, Fire Corps is the newest Citizen Corps initiative and a partnership between the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Volunteer Combination & Officers Section and the International Association of Fire Fighters. Fire Corps is an exciting new program that's ultimate goal is to support and supplement volunteer, combination, and career fire departments through the use of citizen advocates for non-operational related activities. These include fund raising, life safety education, bookkeeping, and many more. The citizens advocates help relieve the burden of these tasks from the front line providers and allowing them to concentrate more on their front line duties.

From King County Fire District 40 in Renton, WA to the Troutville Volunteer Fire Department in Troutville, VA, departments from coast to coast are signing up to be listed on the Fire Corps website so citizens can find them and join. Almost 100 programs have registered in just three weeks. Citizens like Jeff Thorp, from Fairfax County, Virginia searched the web looking for opportunities to help his community and now is the bookkeeper with his local fire department. But the program will only work if a majority of fire departments join, helping supplement their providers and giving as many opportunities as possible to the citizens who want to help.

"Across this nation, we are keenly aware of people with a strong desire to serve their communities and contribute their time and skills to support homeland security, and in particular their local firefighters," Chief R. David Paulison, U.S. Fire Administrator said. "When firefighters can stand side by side with citizens in promoting fire prevention and general safety efforts, and are able to invite citizens to assist with non-emergency responsibilities, the overall security and safety of their community is greatly enhanced."

Here at firecorps.org you can learn more about the program, see what departments have already joined, and sign your own department up. There is no cost to join, and all we ask is that you keep your information up to date. Join today and make a new connection to your community while helping your organization.

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