Fire Corps Begins Advocate Training

Friday, 18 May 2007

The Fire Corps Advocate Network took an important step forward on March 31 when the first training session for division and state advocates was held at the Ponderosa Fire Department in Houston, Texas. The session was designed to prepare the new advocates for their role as a resource for local fire/EMS departments who are establishing or implementing Fire Corps programs.

Advocates from Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri, and Georgia were given a brief history of the Fire Corps program, introduced to available Fire Corps resources, and discussed the issues facing their Fire Corps programs. Mark Sloan of Harris County (TX) Emergency Management also presented an overview of how his county’s Fire Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs work together.

Advocates are tasked with presenting educational sessions, providing information, and serving as a point of contact to departments and Fire Corps programs within their assigned geographic area. The Advocate Network is a unique opportunity to provide a grassroots education program. This effort will help facilitate the increasing interest in Fire Corps, which now includes over 600 programs across the country.

Feedback from the advocate training session was positive. The new advocates commented on the value of face-to-face contact and the importance of networking. They were impressed and energized by the quantity of educational resources provided by the Fire Corps national office (available at www.firecorps.org).

Fire Corps has a set a goal to have advocates in all 50 states by September 2007. Currently, 33 states have identified advocates. States can have more than one advocate. A schedule of future advocate training sessions will be released soon.

If you are interested in becoming a state advocate, please contact the Fire Corps office at 1-888-FC-INFO1 (324-6361) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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